What’s next for Kirk Cousins?

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With Washington and Kansas City tentatively agreeing to a trade that would send quarterback Alex Smith from one team with a Native American nickname to another, the next question becomes where the career of current Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will lead.

Obviously, the deal to acquire (and to pay) Smith means that Washington will use neither the franchise tag nor the transition tag on Cousins. This means he’ll become an unrestricted agent on March 14, and that he’ll sign with another team.

So which team will he sign with? Let’s consider the possibilities.

Jets: They need a franchise quarterback (they haven’t had one since Joe Namath), and they have the cash and cap space to bring him to town. The broader question is whether they want a 29-year-old franchise quarterback, or whether they’d rather get a guy out of college with 10-15 years of expected playing time in town.

Bills: The thinking is they’ll trade up for a franchise quarterback. But they could sign Cousins and use their draft ammunition on building a team around him.

Browns: Hue Jackson runs a similar offense to Jay Gruden. With Todd Haley now running the offense, however, the question of fit will emerge. Also, the Browns may be more inclined to swing for the fences with a younger quarterback. Then there’s the possibility that Cousins isn’t interested in being part of a reclamation project.

Jaguars: The Jags can pay Blake Bortles $19 million for 2018, or they can use that money on Cousins. Surely, he’d be intrigued by joining the best team (at the other 21 positions) in the NFL.

Broncos: G.M. John Elway desperately needs to upgrade the quarterback position, and Cousins would do it. The real question is whether Cousins would be good enough to bring the team together and lead it to another championship. For now, though, the primary goal should be to avoid what would be the team’s second straight losing season since 1971-72. Cousins would definitely help in that regard.

Giants: They seem to be all in with Eli. But that was before Cousins came free. Will that change their assessment? Maybe, maybe not.

Vikings: They have a huge decision to make at quarterback, obviously. What it would cost to get Cousins becomes another factor in the Sam Bradford/Teddy Bridgewater/Case Keenum conundrum.

Saints: Drew Brees says he’s staying. In the unlikely event he doesn’t, Cousins becomes an obvious alternative.

Cardinals: They have no quarterbacks. They need a quarterback. Cousins is a quarterback. #logic.

51 responses to “What’s next for Kirk Cousins?

  1. with Kirk Cousins they didn’t see special, so they got Alex Smith, because… wait, because why, then?

  2. The Bills are the only team who has made the playoffs, have caps space, a great culture, team buy in and the draft picks to build around him.

  3. The Redskins agreed to pay Alex Smith will get paid 23.5MM/year for 4 years, with 70+ guaranteed?
    Couldn’t they have offered Cousins something similar during or before the season?
    Maybe sweeten it to 25mm?

  4. Couple things….
    Jets best quaterback was Pennington his shoulder cost him a long career,I could argue O’Brien was pretty good too and he was throwing from his back 70% of the time, if Namath hadn’t won the “prediction” he’d be just another QB.

    Browns have a real GM and scouting department are flush with cash and picks that team will win a minimum of 8 games next year so there’s a real possibilty this happens they sign him get Chubb and Barkley and you have a team.

  5. The problem with the Bills is that they have to pay the Pats twice a year, and until Brady retires, they will struggle to make the playoffs as a wildcard.

    The Jets have the same issue, but are a lot farther away from competing.

    The problem with the Broncos and the Browns is that they’ve both taken too long to fire their head coaches, and they’re both looking at mid-season firings next year. Signing with either team will look like a disaster before it ever has the chance to succeed.

    I doubt Cousins takes the Jags any farther than Bortles just did. Expectations are too high there. He will look like a failure.

    The Cardinals are going to be battling the Seahawks for the bottom of their division for the foreseeable future. Millions of dollars will take the sting out, but he will look like a failure there.

    This leaves the Giants, lol. I don’t think they’ll move on from Eli, but I would be intrigued to watch Giants-Redskins games next year.

  6. Why would the Redskins choose a QB who is not familiar with their system and pay him a sum that is reasonable close to what it might have taken to sign Cousins? It makes no sense.

  7. Cousins is a good QB. If you have a 10 win roster, he’ll probably get you 10 wins. If you have a 6 win roster, he’ll get you 6 wins. He will not get you 10 wins from a 6 win roster. He’s an upgrade in AZ, Denver, Cleveland, and Jacksonville, all teams that should have won more than they did but for the QB position group. But when you factor in the likely cost, most of those teams would probably be better off with another alternative, save for maybe Denver. The Broncos championship window is nearly closed, but effective QB play might keep it open for another year or two. For them, it’s worth the risk.

  8. exactly what i thought would happen, the redskins would put a banana peel under the alleged leverage cousins had. no baseline for tags to refer to. someone will still overpay for mediocrity but that is the way of the nfl bottom shelf.

  9. Welcome to Minnesota Kirk!!! Let me introduce you to Stefon Diggs, Adam Theilen, Kyle Rudolph, Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barry and well you get the point… SKOL

  10. I live in VA. My coworker a Bears fan insists that Cousins is going to the Vikings. He’s pissed because he thinks that will finally put the Vikings over the hump. I told him to pump the breaks because anyone who knows the Vikings knows they will F it up some how. All the Skins fans here are going nuts about Alex Smith. They are like WTF!?

  11. In what universe was Joe Namath a franchise qb?
    50% career completion percentage, 173 tds to 220 ints…yuck

  12. Browns have a real GM and scouting department are flush with cash and picks that team will win a minimum of 8 games next year so there’s a real possibilty this happens they sign him get Chubb and Barkley and you have a team.
    ———-
    Did you just say the Browns are going to win 8 games minimum next year? 😂. They are 1-31 in 2 years. 1. And. 31. Hue is the one of the worst head coaches in the league. Until you get rid of him, you will win 3 games MAX a year, and that’s being graceful.

  13. hope not cards, fo should have drafted a qb in each of the last 5 years. they didn’t ( only one and he is now a wr.) i don’t know the answer but i don’t think cousins is it.

  14. I would say Denver but they will low ball him thinking he will take less of a deal to come to Denver for some reason. He will decline and go to Arizona.

  15. MN is the best place for him. Top 5 Def, good WR’s and TE, not to mention getting Dalvin Cook back next yr., draft another OL to beef that up further, brand new training facilities, great home field stadium. They are built to win now, have the cap space, they are unloading over 20 mill in salary letting the 3 FA QB’s go. Takes care of that position for the next 7-8 years.

  16. .
    The teams at the top of the draft, or those with capital to move up, would probably prefer to go young. The Cardinals might be a good landing spot because they are picking out of the top ten and are in a QB dominant division. Denver is a wild card because Elway is on the hot seat. The previous three QBs he’s drafted have been subpar. Drafting a bust with pick #5 would probably doom him as GM. Signing Cousins would at least make them competitive in the AFC West and buy him extra time in his current position.
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  17. In order of besat places to go:

    Denver/Arizona #1: Either team would be a win for him. They both have a lot of good pieces. He would flourish with the team they have in Arizona.

    Jets #2: They need a Franchise QB Badly, and he would give them that. Their O-Line is not bad, and they can draft some more skill guys.

    Cleveland #3: Good O-Line, Josh Gordon, and Hue Jackson is a Good QB Guru, they could pick Saquon Barkley at #1 and OL at #4, or trade down from #4, and get a good WR.

    Of course, he will end up on none of these teams, even though they are the obvious ones. Watch, he will go to San Fran, Brady will retire, and Jimmy G. will go back to the Pats, LoL.

  18. Haven’t seen the Bengals mentioned here. They can get out from under Andy Dalton for 2.4 million if they were to release him now. And they have plenty of cap space ($35 million).

    Signing Cousins would also free up both Dalton and AJ McCarron for possible trade.

  19. Where do I go to put money on the Broncos for this one?

    Elway likes established QBs and Cousins puts his team in the best position to make another run. Cousins will like working with a team that still has the pieces to compete, has a SB win in recent history, and has a storied image.

    The Jets and Browns stink. The Cardinals are trending down. The Jags, Giants, Saints, and Vikings will not be looking for an outside candidate at QB. The Bills are a possible x factor, but why would anyone choose to go to Buffalo rather than Denver?

  20. Typical Snyder power play. There was no way he was ever going to let Cousins have leverage over him. Good for Cousins for sticking to his guns to go to a place that will appreciate him and treat him right.

    That being said, Washington is getting a great qb in Smith. As a Giants fan, I don’t look forward to facing him twice a year.

  21. He’ll continue getting paid for being a hollow stats guy. I don’t know if people realize it, but that Washington team is loaded talent wise. Gruden and Cousins have mainly held them back. Meanwhile, with him handicapping their cap the alst 2 years, they managed a signature win over the faded Seahawks this year as his greatest accomplishment, and that was on some fluke end of the game plays. He’ll get paid a lot by one of these terrible teams and never be heard from again like Neil O”Donnel back in the day when he left Pittsburgh for the Jets.

  22. I believe he’ll end up on the Jets, The Jets will be running the Shanahan system this season, and the way Mike Shanahan got on NY radio and talked about how great Cousins would be for them and almost immediately after Shanahan, Cousins, got on NY radio shows and gushed about the coaching staff which was immediately followed by the Alex Smith trade just seemed way too coincidental. The Jets also have the money and an owner with a deep pocket. I wouldn’t blame the Jets, this QB class is too questionable to take a gamble on Mayfield, Allen, Rosen, Darnold, or Lamar Jackson. When you have a draft like 2004, 1998, or 2012 where there is sure fire guys that’s when you pull the trigger. Build the team through the draft and in the meantime take a flier on Mike White, Falk, or Lauletta before you make the leap.

  23. Not sure how is Cousins an upgrade over Trevor Siemian or even Brock Osweiler in Denver. What exactly has he done?

  24. The Giants!!! hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahah Eli has forgotten more about playing QB than ole Kirk even knows about the spot…I’d love to see him play behind that O-line he’d be the living definition of deer caught in headlights..

  25. I bet Cousins is a little sad to be leaving Washington……why the Redskins just kept giving him millions and millions and millions of dollars to be just a average QB. Where else is he going to find that type of deal?

  26. I just don’t get it. Cousins has been very good (not great) in Washington, and Alex Smith has been very good in KC. Neither team was being held back by the QB. In KC, it is all Andy’s terrible play calling and clock management. In DC it is (and will continue to be) not having the right weapons around the QB. This just seems like two GMs/Owners who just don’t get it.

  27. I get the feeling the reason for this trade was Washington had given up hope on signing Cousins to a long-term deal. Although I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes they probably tried to sign him to long-term deals each of the last two years. My guess is they offered him a contract similar to what Smith signed and Cousins declined. He’s probably going to want a lot more money than any of those teams mentioned as a destination are going to want to pay. Whether he likes it or not, he’s probably going to get about the same deal as Smith made, and probably less. I doubt any team is going to mortgage their future on a non-elite QB (except maybe the Ravens). The most likely destination could be Denver but they aren’t going to be willing to pay him what he wants either. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out but I suspect it’s going to be some time before he signs with another team.

  28. Hope it isn’t the Vikings! Keenum has better stats than him and played for 2 mil.. Throw 10 at him and he’d pee all over himself to sign..
    The reason Minnesota isn’t playing is because of their FORMER Offensive Coordinator..
    Beside the first drive and 25 scripted plays, he wasn’t in the building, he was in New York!
    I hope the Giants don’t win a game and fire him next year!

  29. kingthielenscourt says:

    January 31, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Hope it isn’t the Vikings! Keenum has better stats than him and played for 2 mil.. Throw 10 at him and he’d pee all over himself to sign..
    The reason Minnesota isn’t playing is because of their FORMER Offensive Coordinator..
    Beside the first drive and 25 scripted plays, he wasn’t in the building, he was in New York!
    I hope the Giants don’t win a game and fire him next year!

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    Your kidding right? lol. Cousin’s would be way more worth it than Case.

    Yes Case’s stats were better. But you have to look at the situation. Vikings had a better offensive line, better receivers, better running backs than the Redskins. The Redskins were bettered with injuries and their GM traded away all their good receivers.

    Case had one good year and it could be because of Pat Shurmur, and the weapons. In a game where there is one min left and you have to score a touchdown to in who do you trust more? I would say Couins.

    The face Case will get paid a lot of money somewhere, I don’t want to over pay him. If we are going to overpay, I’d rather get Cousins.

    Also the main reason we lost to the Eagles is our defense did not show up. They let Foles make a fool out of them.

  30. Where Cousin’s goes depends on if he cares more about Money or winning.

    For chasing money go to:
    Jets
    Cleaveland
    Cardinals
    Vikings

    If you want to win go to Jagars, Vikins and Broncos.

    I think the Vikings is the best spot to go. The Vikings have the cap space to pay lot. Over 50 million in cap space. They also have the #1 ranked defense of 2017, 11th ranked offense. Upcoming stud in Dalvin Cook, and great receivers in Adam Theilan and Diggs. Of course the Vikings always chocke in the playoffs, but out of all the teams the Vikings, Jacksonville and Denver have the best chances to make the playoffs out of the teams probably interested.

  31. kingthielenscourt says:
    January 31, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    Hope it isn’t the Vikings! Keenum has better stats than him and played for 2 mil.. Throw 10 at him and he’d pee all over himself to sign..

    ——-

    Keenum does not have better stats than Cousins.

    Cousins: 93.7 PR; 65.5% comp; 1.8 TD/INT ratio, 7.7 ypc
    Keenum: 86.0 PR; 61.9% comp; 1.7 TD/INT ratio, 7.0 ypc

    I would prefer Keenum though because he was very good this year and he knows the Vikings offense. He would also be much, much cheaper than Cousins, allowing more money to sign other players. It’s time for the Vikes to show Keenum the respect he deserves and to offer him a fair and competitive contract.

  32. It didn’t take long for Viking fans to abandon Keenum and Bradford, the best QB’s they’ve had since favrever.

  33. The Browns really need to try and sell the future to Cousins. They have the ability to offer him the most amount of money. That is piece one. Try and sell pieces that you currently have. David Njoku and Josh Gordon are great targets to be throwing the ball to. There is cap room to put other weapons around Cousins as well. The defense was actually pretty stellar this year for the Browns. Near the middle of the pack in passing defense, and top ten in rushing defense. The Browns also have two top five draft picks this year. Taking Saquon Barkley instantly boosts the offense, and gives the Browns a running game. Another thing that Cousins needs to look at is Roethlisberger won’t be playing much longer, the Bengals don’t have a quarterback of the future, and Flacco offers the Ravens inconsistency at the quarterback position. The first year will be a rough one, likely four or five wins just because of having Cousins at quarterback. Year two could be eight or nine wins, and possibly the start of a power shift in the AFC North.

  34. lifetimefan says:
    January 31, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Why would the Redskins choose a QB who is not familiar with their system and pay him a sum that is reasonable close to what it might have taken to sign Cousins? It makes no sense.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    Do you actually know what it would have cost to resign Cousins? And maybe Washington thought Alex Smith was better than Cousin at possibly less money, because Cousins hasn’t been giving them any deals. Cousins has been way overpaid for years now due to front office ineptitude.

  35. stellarperformance says:

    January 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    It didn’t take long for Viking fans to abandon Keenum and Bradford, the best QB’s they’ve had since favrever.

    ——————–

    It’s not like we are abounding them, but situations change.

    Bradford cannot stay healthy. Why would we want to pay a lot for a guy who’s knee could give up at any notice? His knee has been repaired twice. Personally I think the guy should retire. If he stayed healthy I would absolutely love to keep him.

    Case had a great season. One great season. And because his season was great he is going to demand a lot of money. If the Vikings get him or Cousin’s it’s going to cost bank. Cousin’s has a better resume of history behind him vs. Case has one good season. If we are going to over pay I’d rather get the guy who has a better resume. That’s my logic. It’s not that I don’t like Case or Bradford, but both have high risks. The Vikings have the talent to go back to the playoffs again next yea if they get their QB situation right, and if they continue to build their offensive line.

  36. Hope it isn’t the Vikings! Keenum has better stats than him and played for 2 mil.. Throw 10 at him and he’d pee all over himself to sign..
    The reason Minnesota isn’t playing is because of their FORMER Offensive Coordinator..
    Beside the first drive and 25 scripted plays, he wasn’t in the building, he was in New York!
    I hope the Giants don’t win a game and fire him next year!
    ********************************************************************************************
    You realize that the Vikings defense didn’t show up that game also and the Vikings turned it over three times. And I am a Vikings fan.

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