What’s Up With Kirk Cousins?
With the acquisition of Alex Smith, Kirk Cousins time with the Redskins looks to be coming to an abrupt end. Cousins has been franchise tagged the past two years which on the surface makes Cousins look greedy but it may also indicate that he’s just not trying to be in DC for the long haul. To be fair to him though, other QB’s like Matt Stafford and Derek Carr got huge deals and didn’t exactly light it up this past season. Cousins has consistently been putting up good numbers throughout his entire career in the nation’s capital, registering at least 4,000 yards the past 3 seasons and almost eclipsing 5,000 in 2016. This will serve his free agency value well in the weeks to come. However, his exit ticket out of Washington has some complexity to it though. The Redskins will want to get something of value in return for him but if he’s allowed to hit free agency then he’ll leave for free.
Franchise tagging Cousins is an option but he doesn’t have to sign the tender and he may not want to do Dan Snyder and the franchise any favors. However, if Cousins cooperates he should be rewarded with a move to a good stable team and the Redskins would probably be able to get a solid player and valuable draft pick(s) in return. A move with Jacksonville for T.J. Yeldon and pick(s) in return would be logical.
Top Potential Landing Spots
- Denver: This move makes so much sense and could shift the balance of power not just in the AFC West but in the conference overall. Denver’s elite defense is begging for a quarterback that can extend drives and keep them off the field and fresh.
- Jacksonville: The Jaguars have hinted that they will bring Blake Bortles back for at least another season but a move for Cousins could potentially make them the undisputed favorites in the AFC. With one of the best running backs in the league and the emergence of Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Marquise Lee as legitimate targets, this team could easily push for a #1 seed next year
- Cleveland: I don’t think any player wakes up in the morning and says they want to play for the Browns but a potential Josh Gordon/Kirk Cousins pairing would make that team respectable in a surprisingly weakened AFC North. Cleveland’s defense is also better than many pundits and fans think.