Free agency has Cousins feeling like a high schooler getting recruited again

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Soon-to-be free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is in a place he hasn’t been in since he was a senior at Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan: He gets to pick his next team.

Cousins said today on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he feels like a recruit again, knowing that when free agency starts next month he’ll have teams interested in him and he can choose the place where he fits best.

“I haven’t had a chance to choose where I was going to play since 2007 when I chose Michigan State. I’m looking forward to that opportunity,” Cousins said.

Cousins will weigh his options when free agency begins, and his goal is to find a team that’s ready to win a championship.

“I want to win,” Cousins said. “Go where you can win. That’s exactly what the plan is.”

Cousins said he had no inkling that Washington was going to work out a trade for Alex Smith until someone texted him that the news was breaking while he was in a hotel gym.

“It was a surprise. I was working out in my hotel in Minneapolis,” Cousins said.

Now Smith will take over where Cousins left off in Washington, and Cousins will see which team thinks he’s the final piece for a championship.

41 responses to “Free agency has Cousins feeling like a high schooler getting recruited again

  1. Personally, I think he should want to go to Cleveland. It’s close to where he’s from and if he turned them into a winning team, he would be a hero for a very long time. Plus, if they got him, then they could use the 4 picks in the top 40 that they have to put great pieces around him. They already have a great receiver in Josh Gordon, if he stays out of trouble and a great left tackle, until he retires.

  2. mnwilderness87 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    Working out in a hotel gym in Minneapolis? Hmmm, either he is here for the super bowl festivities, or a certain purple team has some interest…

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    That’s pretty easy. He’s there for the super bowl. If a certain purple team has interest and he’s there for that, said purple team will be guilty of tampering and suffer the consequences for it.

  3. dpdonny says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    Cousins to the 49ers (w/Shanahan). Goroppolo to the Pats (w/BB). Brady to Indy (w/Josh).
    You heard it here first.
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    And that will be the only time we hear that. 0 chance. 49ers are sold on Jimmy, they are not let him go to get Cousins, with good reason, Jimmy’s ceiling looks so much higher at this point.

    And Brady isn’t going anywhere, he’s not going to Indy to get killed behind that o-line anyway, and they aren’t moving away from Luck.

  4. Cousins to the 49ers (w/Shanahan). Goroppolo to the Pats (w/BB). Brady to Indy (w/Josh).

    The backlash from Patriots fans would be enormous. Most of us think Brady has earned the right to call time on his career when he thinks its time and nobody else. If that goes against Bill’s thought process so be it. Robert Kraft I am sure is okay with that and I think Kraft has enough trust in Brady to know that when that time does come as it inevitably will Brady will do the right thing.

  5. I don’t really like the way Cousins is speaking about his future employment. He comes off very arrogant; with his comments about his value dropping, and that “he doesn’t want offers from a team that doesn’t watch tape”, and “go where you can win”. It’s kind of a slight snub at any team he doesn’t choose to go to. The fact of the matter is that all teams who will be in the market for you, are in the market for you because they’ve been losing, so to think you’re going to get selected and make everything better is a bit silly. You’re a quarterback, and one of the main contributing factors to a team winning, so your narrative should be, “go somewhere I can help win”. You’re not going to New England, you don’t just get to hope that you land on their roster and ride the coattails to a SB ring. I don’t know, there’s just something about the way he’s been saying things that rub me the wrong way. His Agent should teach him to be more political.

  6. Cousins is 2-11 vs teams with a winning record. So please explain to me why he is in such demand? Is it because there is so many bad QBs out there now? This is not a QB that you sink a ton of your cap into. He won’t make up for the loss of talent for what his salary will take away. I hope someone like the Vikings pay him top dollar and can’t resign some of their defensive players.

  7. He made a winner out of MSU. First year was shaky but his last 2 proved he was a winner.

    I’m not the biggest KC fan in the world but he is ‘all in’ and is talented enough to get certain teams to the next level.

    All you need is a top 15 QB and a decent team peaking at the right time. Outside of the Patriots (even them, at times) you see it all the time.

    2011 Giants are a perfect example. ’07 team was better and their ’08 team was as good as the ’86 team.

  8. The Vikings have a strong team and really shouldn’t jeopardize that by going all out for Cousins. Figure out how much you value Cousins and offer him a contract that allows you to maintain a solid roster. Cousins is good, but he isn’t transcendent. He needs a good team around him, so you can’t dedicate 25% of your salary cap to him. Very few QB’s are so good that they can win DESPITE that their teammates. Kirk isn’t one of the few. Don’t mortgage the future for a slightly above average QB.

  9. The league sure is desperate for QBs if Cousins is in that high of demand. A sad state of affairs indeed.

  10. Woe be the team who signs Kirk Cousins to the money contract that he thinks he deserves. He will paralyze their cap while consistently choking in big games, something that’s part of his nature and makeup. He’s a stat padder who can’t beat anybody good and has the worst long ball I’vve ever seen. Great guy, mediocre QB who expects to be the highest paid player in the league. Don’t believe me, do your research and make up your own mind.

  11. Their, there and they’re are pretty common. So is to, two and too… First time I have had the privelage of seeing won being confused as one.

    Thank you True Bronco Fans,
    The English language

  12. BuckyBadger says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Cousins is 2-11 vs teams with a winning record. So please explain to me why he is in such demand? Is it because there is so many bad QBs out there now? This is not a QB that you sink a ton of your cap into. He won’t make up for the loss of talent for what his salary will take away. I hope someone like the Vikings pay him top dollar and can’t resign some of their defensive players.
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    Because football is a team sport? I’ve watched every Skins’ game. The Redskins have been terrible on defense and have no running game. They have started upgrading the defense, but injuries delayed it’s progress. Whenever the offense scored, a lot of the time, the defense would follow up by giving up a score. They hardly could ever convert on 3rd and 1 with the running game. This caused Kirk to press at times because he really had no choice to.

    Cousins is a good QB. His “choking” is exaggerated. That said I did have issues with him at times. He seems to have anxiety issues sometimes and over thinks things. I also wanted to see him put on weight. I think that is one thing that doesn’t ever get brought up by analysts and fans, but affects peoples opinion of him. He doesn’t have a physical presence due to his size when you look at him on film. It hasn’t hurt is performance, but I do think it causes people to underrate him because his thin frame is the build of a backup QB. If he packed on 15 lbs., it would benefit him by simply giving the appearance of a stronger presence behind the oline.

    I guess the main issue I had with him was his inconsistency when it came to playing division rivals. That said, a team like Jacksonville would be a great fit for him. I’d love to see how he does with a good defense and running game. Broncos would be a good fit too.

  13. People seem to forget that football is a team sport. No, Cousins does not suck. The last 2 years he has had the 28th and 31st ranked defense in the NFL and a suspect 0-line to go with it – being sacked nearly 3 times a game. Keenum, Foles, and Bortles making championship games this year should prove that. Give Cousins a good defense and few pieces around him and he can go deep into the playoffs.

  14. @normaneinstein7, Football is a team sport but the QB makes up for a lot. Just look at teams with true franchise QBs, they are always in the playoffs despite the talent around them. Even the best QB needs help to win it all but a the top guys can’t keep you in the playoffs with an average team around him. For what Cousins wants to get paid isn’t worth what he brings to the table. The Jags and Broncos would be a good fit if Cousins would take a $15M so those teams could retain their talent but that isn’t the case. They will have to either clear some cap room in the Broncos case or not be able to resign their young players in the Jags situation.

  15. There will be strong demand for Kirk Cousins and he will make a lot of money. However, the big remaining question is why he refused to sign every long term offer that the Redskins presented to him over the past 3 years? Yes, he got two successive franchise tags and he has made over $45M, but was this tactic just about making money? He is available because Washington gave up trying to negotiate with him.

  16. “He is available because Washington gave up trying to negotiate with him.”

    He is available because Washington wasn’t able to make a commitment to him two years ago. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with Snyder and Allen, and as a lifelong Redskins fan, neither do I. They’re idiots.

  17. Dennis Carson says:
    February 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Personally, I think he should want to go to Cleveland. It’s close to where he’s from and if he turned them into a winning team, he would be a hero for a very long time. Plus, if they got him, then they could use the 4 picks in the top 40 that they have to put great pieces around him. They already have a great receiver in Josh Gordon, if he stays out of trouble and a great left tackle, until he retires.
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    I would love to see this just so one time in my life we could have a competitive Browns team.

  18. If he goes to Jacksonville with his contract demands the defense will end up changing. You can’t sign them all. Cousins has been overpaid because either his agent or he was mismanaged by Washington. Because he has been getting $20 million something a year it makes him less attractive to some teams too.

  19. nathanp2013,

    Here’s a tip. Whenever you are correcting someone’s grammar/spelling always make sure everything you write is correct. You spelled privilege wrong.

  20. BuckyBadger says:
    February 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    @normaneinstein7, Football is a team sport but the QB makes up for a lot. Just look at teams with true franchise QBs, they are always in the playoffs despite the talent around them. Even the best QB needs help to win it all but a the top guys can’t keep you in the playoffs with an average team around him. For what Cousins wants to get paid isn’t worth what he brings to the table. The Jags and Broncos would be a good fit if Cousins would take a $15M so those teams could retain their talent but that isn’t the case. They will have to either clear some cap room in the Broncos case or not be able to resign their young players in the Jags situation.
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    Bucky, we can all agree that Drew Brees is a future HOFer. Before this past season, why did the Saints go 7-9 three years in a row, from 2014-2016?

  21. Eric… true.

    You can see why its my first time ever pointing out spelling. But, knowing how to use a word is a little different than a typo. Thank you for your contributions!

  22. This guys only claim-to-fame is that he lasted longer in the league than RGIII. He is an average QB at best or Washington would have paid him. As soon as they found someone better they moved on.

  23. @normaneinstein7, Brees is a HOFer but he wasn’t even playing with an average defense most of his career. I wouldn’t even call that D bad but historically bad. Brees also has limits because of his size and at times can turn the ball over way too often trying to do to much. He isn’t Rodgers, P. Manning or Brady but would put an average team in the playoffs. I might even take Big Ben over him. Despite this year the league is still driven by the QB. They don’t over draft them and over pay them because all positions are equal. You pay Cousins too much you will regret it the rest of his contract as you will be what the Redskins where the last 3 years, a team that can’t bet good teams.

  24. normaneinstein7 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm
    Before this past season, why did the Saints go 7-9 three years in a row, from 2014-2016?
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    There are a few reasons but among the biggest would be Mickey Loomis’ inability to manage the cap.
    Dead cap money 2014: $16.3M
    Dead cap money 2015: $34.2M
    Dead cap money 2016: $42.1M
    A running 3 year dead cap total of $92.6M doesn’t just keep you from bringing in impact players and keeping your better guys it also means too much of your roster is made up of bargain basement & 1st contract guys

  25. viffty says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Woe be the team who signs Kirk Cousins to the money contract that he thinks he deserves. He will paralyze their cap while consistently choking in big games, something that’s part of his nature and makeup. He’s a stat padder who can’t beat anybody good and has the worst long ball I’vve ever seen. Great guy, mediocre QB who expects to be the highest paid player in the league. Don’t believe me, do your research and make up your own mind.

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    As a Chiefs fan, this is exactly what I would write about Alex Smith. Except the highest paid part. Even he knows better. Don’t believe me? 31 yards passing in the second half of his latest playoff disaster with zero points says it all.

  26. Minnesota is the most logical choice. They have 44.5 million to spend on him (thats counting draft picks expected salary). Only player worth mentuoning anything that’s a FA is a 35 year old guard they’re losing (where they’re drafting they can easily replace with wynn from georgia). Habe like 77.5 million to spend next off season on their three key free agents in Barr, floyd, and diggs. So they can retain all this talent. Have one of the best graded offensive lines and the best graded defense.
    With all that said please chase the money, give the rest of us hope lol.

  27. I hope he goes to Cleveland and helps them turn things around. They have the cash to make Cousins the highest paid player (and in turn, cripple other teams trying to extend players — Packers and Falcons for example).

    They have the draft capital to bring in a LOT of talent on both sides of the ball (assuming they choose wisely and have some luck).

    They’ve got a fan base that is starving for some success.

    I’d like to see the Browns turn it around with Cousins at the helm.

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