Land rush could be coming for Kirk Cousins

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins says he’s entrusting his football future to the Lord. And that may not be the only thing Cousins has in common with Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White.

White, the NFL’s first high-profile unrestricted free agent, famously said that God told him to go to Green Bay.It was the culmination of a pursuit that has been unrivaled in 25 years since then, but for maybe the Peyton Manning sweepstakes of 2012.

For Cousins, multiple teams may already be plotting to make a run at him in March. Some league insiders believe the 49ers decided to wait until next year as an alternative to trading for him this year, given the ransom that Washington CEO Brice (typing accent) Allen wanted. The Browns also were contemplating a run at Cousins, and possibly will do so again based on how their quarterbacks perform in 2017.

Don’t overlook the Rams, either. New coach Sean McVay got the job due in large part to the work he did with Cousins over the last two seasons. If McVay doesn’t deem Jared Goff to be the answer — and/or if McVay doesn’t want to have to deal with Cousins as a 49er for the next five or six years — the Rams could get in on the land rush, too.

Other teams also could be interested, based on age, performance, and health of current starters. From the Bills to the Jets to the Bengals to the Jaguars to the Broncos to the Vikings to the Saints (if Drew Brees leaves) to the Cardinals (if Carson Palmer retires), Cousins could find himself at the center of a storm that would shock most observers.

It would shock most observers because there continues to be a “why him?” vibe surrounding Cousins. Part of that comes from the fact that Washington’s default emotion regarding Cousins continues to be ambivalence.

That said, Washington has used the franchise tag on Cousins twice. Don’t rule out Washington using it a third time. Which would mean that Cousins will have made more than $78 million for three years with Washington.

Which should get every franchise quarterback to embrace year-to-year life under the franchise tag.

51 responses to “Land rush could be coming for Kirk Cousins

  1. He could also play like stinky garbage this year and have his worth drop off a cliff (aka Osweiler Syndrome).

    Entirely within the realm of possibility, since, you know, he is Kirk Cousins.

  2. It is very similar to when Drew Brees left SD.

    Think about that. SD had the #1 pick and Drew Bress and screwed it all up.

  3. He is average at best……He is no Dak Prescott as that guy is a leader and will win 3 SB’s in the next 5 years.

  4. The team that actually signs him next year will set their franchise back 10 years minimum.

  5. Somebody should give up the farm now to get him…unless they are planning on sucking/tanking this season to get a top pick next year for drafting a QB

  6. When the Eagles traded up for Wentz and gave up so much, they said, basically, looking at who is around the league, and how many teams have starters either getting old, or aren’t very good, the demand for quality QB’s is going to go through the roof. The felt they had to get one while they had the chance, because in 2-3 years people would be paying astronomical numbers for what amount to average QB’s

    Time will tell if Wentz is an elite QB or just a guy, but the idea behind the deal has certainly proven true. Besides the teams mentioned, Eli is getting up there, Ben isn’t getting any younger, Rivers isn’t way up. Even guys like Flacco/Ryan/Rodgers are well on the wrong side of 30

    There are going to be an awful lot of teams looking for new QB’s over the next few years, plus the teams looking for better ones. There is a reason why top 20 QB’s almost never hit the open market, let alone top 10 or top 5

  7. What do people think the probability is of Cousins winning a Super Bowl in his career? I say it’s something like a 5% chance at best.

    Keep in mind that in the AFC that Peyton, Ben and Brady have appeared in the Super Bowl 14 of the last 16 years and the other years it was Rich Gannon who was the MVP in 2002 and Flacco who had to beat both Manning and Brady in the playoffs in 2012. In the NFC the list is Ryan, Newton, Wilson, Kaepernick, Eli, Rodgers, Brees, Warner.

    Cousins is worse then all those players except Kaepernick. Although, Kaepernick was unbelievable that year so Cousins probably couldn’t play at that level.

    Cousins’ only chance is to end up on a team with a very strong defense. Something like Houston, where he doesn’t have to do very much.

  8. Of course God told Reggie to go to Green Bay, where else would he tell him to go? Unfortunately Green Bay already has a quarterback so Cousins will have to go elsewhere.

  9. A player’s worth is based on how many teams want him and will pay him.

    This is why I don’t get the Redskin fans who say “let him go, he’s mediocre”. Who exactly do you have to replace him ?? If Cousins is mediocre, why would every team that needs a QB want him ??

  10. I would welcome him to Denver in a second. Dump the 1st round mistake in Lynch, Keep Siemian as the backup and then have Chad Kelly as your third.

  11. Irony.

    Washington went a million years without a qb. Finally got one. No idea how to handle it.

    Other Washington incompetents took over govt. went a million years talking about repeal and replace. Finally got the opportunity. No idea how to handle it.

    End result? Little guy (fans) on one hand and poor folk who can’t afford ins. On the other take the brunt. Neither at fault. Great system of life we have here.

  12. this is the problem with the NFL the belief that if you have a “Franchise” QB you will somehow be in line to win a Super Bowl.. that is fantasy.. how many years are we going to see Andrew Luck not make the playoffs or the Colts have no shot at winning? How about the Lions? How bout the Saints? These teams have their Franchise QB but they cost so much you can’t put a winning team around them. If you pay “Kurt” Cousins 30 million you won’t be able to afford a decent team around him. Yet he will get paid and the other QB’s in the league who are better than him will too. I got an idea.. build a sick D and a solid running game get a QB to “manage” the game and roll the dice.

  13. I don’t understand why anybody really thinks Cousin’s deserves franchise QB money, least of all the Redskins.

    He’s above average on his best days and pretty much average over the course of an entire season. But where you really can earn your money is when the season is on the line. Like his only playoff appearance (the Redskins lost) or last year’s final game of the season where the Redskins needed to win to get in, had the ball late in the game trailing by less than a TD and Cousins promptly threw an INT.

    Does that sound like a $23M QB to you?

  14. joetoronto says:
    Jul 19, 2017 11:52 AM
    How many teams have the cap room to sign him?

    Can’t be many.
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    Umm…how long have you been following the NFL? If a team really wants a player they will find a way to fit them under their cap. Convert some player’s salary to a roster bonus and spread the cap hit over the life of a contract, cut some player, etc. Besides one of the benefits of signing a player to a long term deal is teams can spread that player’s cap hit over the life of the contract. That monster contract Joe Flacco signed with the Ravens after they won the superbowl resulted in a $7.5 million cap hit the first year and it wasn’t until the 3rd year of the deal that it became unmanageable. Even then the team just re did the contract.

  15. The NFL and their sports writers are so full of themselves and their thinking they really know what they are talking about.

    If the goal is to win a SB, then this guy is not even in the discussion. The value of a QB is not what someone will pay him, value is based on how his price and play gets you a SB!!! Many valuable guys are not paid much. i.e. Dak Prescott. Dollars are merely what a team is willing to pay. And it would seem if QB’s continue to trend up out of control like this, the Rookie QB will become the new running back value to the league which will mean, teams will let the vets walk and take a ticket on the rookie QB. I mean it only makes sense for most teams as only two QB’s go to the SB each year. And most of these overpaid so called MUST HAVE GUYS never even sniff the SB!!!

  16. buffalosunshine says:
    Jul 19, 2017 12:57 PM
    this is the problem with the NFL the belief that if you have a “Franchise” QB you will somehow be in line to win a Super Bowl.. that is fantasy.. how many years are we going to see Andrew Luck not make the playoffs or the Colts have no shot at winning? How about the Lions? How bout the Saints? These teams have their Franchise QB but they cost so much you can’t put a winning team around them. If you pay “Kurt” Cousins 30 million you won’t be able to afford a decent team around him. Yet he will get paid and the other QB’s in the league who are better than him will too. I got an idea.. build a sick D and a solid running game get a QB to “manage” the game and roll the dice.
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    This guy gets it! Fanned x10000

  17. Teams make cap space for a guy who throws for 4 thousand yards and 27 TD’s a year.

    In a league that is starved for QB play like that, there will be at least 5 teams who will pay him.

    Daniel Snyder continues to cultivate a toxic environment in Washington no matter who the coach, GM or players are.

    Redskins fans need to stop coming to games and stop buying Redskins gear and show the league how dissatisfied you are about Snyder being the owner.

  18. For those saying “you’re worth what someone is willing to pay you”, that simply isn’t true in the NFL.

    The Redskins triggered the franchise tag- something that does not exist in a true free market economy- specifically so Cousins could NOT get paid what he was worth.

  19. Cousins isn’t guaranteed to be a free agent next year or even the next…

    2018 – Redskins can franchise tag him again
    2019 – Redskins can transition tag him

    So potentially, he is a free agent in 2020. Yeah it cost the Redskins a ton of $$$, but their long term salary cap isn’t affected…Plus, each season before either tag, the Redskins can negotiate exclusively with him.

  20. I think Cousins is making the smart play from a cash perspective. If he doesn’t agree to a long term deal at some point, he will get burned by injury or poor play.

    If he doesn’t sign a long term deal next year, he is toast.

  21. Why would Cousins be “toast” after next year if he doesn’t sign long term? He’s only 28.

    People were saying “he’ll get burned if he gets hurt or plays poorly” when Cousins and Washington were negotiating last year. Since then Cousins has banked close to $50 million dollars. Hard to say Cousins is the one doing it all wrong.

  22. No way in hell the Redskins tag him a third time.
    Cousins would get a 44% raise, to around $37.5MM

    What team would pay anyone $37.5MM for a year given that they won’t have a good chance at a superbowl.

    Cousins is gone, he’s a free man.
    The Redskins will turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Rex Grossman is gone, but they can still get … Mark Sanchez for cheap.

  23. A player can only be tagged 3 times, I don;t think Cousins can be tagged a 3rd time, then transition tagged.
    Also – the transition tag allows other teams to sign him, though the Red Skins can match it and keep him. Thats not likely as other teams will pay up, especially since they wont have to give up any draft picks.

    Cousins is gone after 2017.

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    mcconne77 says:
    Jul 19, 2017 2:11 PM
    Cousins isn’t guaranteed to be a free agent next year or even the next…

    2018 – Redskins can franchise tag him again
    2019 – Redskins can transition tag him

    So potentially, he is a free agent in 2020. Yeah it cost the Redskins a ton of $$$, but their long term salary cap isn’t affected…Plus, each season before either tag, the Redskins can negotiate exclusively with him.

  24. Mike Shanahan was quoted as saying that Rg3 would be out of the NFL before the end of his rookie contract(6years)and if they don’t cut or trade Cousins he will be the starter. This was said after the 2013 season. He’s going to SF unless they franchise him.

  25. Maybe Cousins isn’t as “established” as some other QB’s. But the only quaterback with better numbers over the past two seasons is a guy named Tom Brady. And Cousins doesn’t have the quality of team even close to Brady’s. I would grade him at minimum a well above average QB. Especially with what the average QB is in the league.

  26. damn you just goin to start deleting all of my comments again for no reason?

    tonyzendejas says:
    Jul 19, 2017 11:57 AM
    He could also play like stinky garbage this year and have his worth drop off a cliff (aka Osweiler Syndrome).

    Entirely within the realm of possibility, since, you know, he is Kirk Cousins.

    . . .

    For Osweiler to drop off a cliff, first he must have ascended a mountain. Or at least a small hill. That never happened.

    Osweiler’s agent deserved 2016 Agent of the Year for the deal he got last year. And it’s not just the total dollars — he was able to spread the guaranteed money to two years which is probably the only reason he even has a (minuscule) shot to compete for a starting job (or more likely, just a roster spot) in 2017.

  27. 6thsense10 says:
    Jul 19, 2017 1:21 PM
    joetoronto says:
    Jul 19, 2017 11:52 AM
    How many teams have the cap room to sign him?

    Can’t be many.
    ———
    Umm…how long have you been following the NFL? If a team really wants a player they will find a way to fit them under their cap. Convert some player’s salary to a roster bonus and spread the cap hit over the life of a contract, cut some player, etc. Besides one of the benefits of signing a player to a long term deal is teams can spread that player’s cap hit over the life of the contract. That monster contract Joe Flacco signed with the Ravens after they won the superbowl resulted in a $7.5 million cap hit the first year and it wasn’t until the 3rd year of the deal that it became unmanageable. Even then the team just re did the contract.
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    I’ve been watching since the late 70’s, probably much longer than you, but whatever.

    My point is that not many teams WOULD tear their team apart to make room for him, of course all teams COULD.

  28. Oh yeah, Mick (typo) Florio, nobody cares about the big up your butt over the Redskins. How petty can a professional be?

  29. You heard it first right here…with over 80 million in cap money next year.. Watch out for the Jets to make a run at cousins and i say that to say this.. franchise quarterbacks don’t grow on trees the Jets have been looking for a franchise quarterback for a long time they tried to trade for Kirk Cousins like 4 years ago if he becomes available and the Jets don’t believe in any of the rookies coming out I can’t see them not offering him a big contract and Kirk seems to be the type that’s about the money so I don’t think he cares where he plays as long as he’s getting paid you heard it first here.. .

  30. “Quarterback Kirk Cousins says he’s entrusting his football future to the Lord.”

    Great. So we can expect to see him in the Mets minor league system in a few years.

  31. Kirk is not a good QB. Put him on a team with a lousy offensive coach, line, and players and he is the second coming of Heath Shuler.

    I’m cool with him leaving. All that money for a 30 year old QB who hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record is asinine.

  32. Conjecturing that Goff washes out and the Rams would consequently be interested in Cousins is a stretch.

    And I mean like a Sally O-Malley, “I like to kick, stretch, kick” type of stretch.

    Cousins is statistically a top 12 QB. The man has earned his franchise tag. You know, when he eventually signs a contract with either the Redskins or another team, it’ll be kind of sad.

    The uncertainty was so entertaining.

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