Report: Jets will pay “whatever it takes” to get Kirk Cousins

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The Jets apparently want Kirk Cousins. They apparently want him badly enough that they’re willing to break the bank for him.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, the Jets are “willing to pay whatever it takes” to get him.

This report comes amid a belief that the Jets may be willing to fully guarantee Cousins’ deal. The notion of paying “whatever it takes” becomes far more open-ended than that, especially since there’s no way of knowing what it will take until knowing what another team will pay.

If there’s at least one other team willing to make a similar commitment, the end result could be an auction that drives the market well north of $30 million per year. Assuming, of course, that Cousins would want to actually play for one of the teams willing to break the bank.

During a Super Bowl-week visit to PFT Live, Cousins seemed to suggest that he’s willing to take less to win, while also acknowledging that plenty of winning teams have expensive quarterbacks. Last year, he seemed to suggest that his goal is to make as much as possible.

“[T]here’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract,” Cousins said in January 2017. “And if you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can.”

Cousins will be doing better than the best any quarterback has ever done, whether it’s with the Jets or another team. Barring a third straight franchise tag from his current team (which remains unlikely, and likely would be scrapped via a grievance), Cousins will become the first healthy franchise quarterback on the right side of 30 to become a free agent in nearly a quarter-century of free agency. Given the $44 million he has made over the last two years, his next deal could push his career earnings toward a quarter-billion.

115 responses to “Report: Jets will pay “whatever it takes” to get Kirk Cousins

  1. No thanks. Already cancelled Directv for raising prices, I will dump my Jets fandom if they sign this Neil O’Donnel clone.

  2. Hey Jets. He’s not that good. Don’t do something stupid that you will later regret.

    Oh wait a minute. I forgot. These are the Jets.

  3. .
    Luckily for Cousins, there’s two high rollers at the table. Both Cleveland and the Jets are flush with cash and it’s burning a hole in their pockets.

    A competent Cousins would take the Browns to respectability. However, he would make the overarching Jets into a contender. Plus they could then draft a top tier position player at #6 instead of playing QB roulette.
    .

  4. There is no way Cousins is worth 30m fully guaranteed…that will cripple any teams ability to get anyone decent around him.

  5. I guess we will find out pretty quickly how important winning is to Kirk Cousins. Taking $30M+ from a bad team with lots of holes to fill would be a good indicator. No team tying up that percentage of their cap in one player will be able to consistently surround him with quality talent, especially a team that needs to add quality talent just about everywhere.

  6. Oh gosh. Just when I though my Patriots might have some competition building in the AFC East a team starts looking how to get into cap hell. Oh well. The Bills might still make it interesting.

  7. Wow! I seem to recall the Jets Fans going comment crazy when Tannehill signed for $12.8M that balloons to $17M a few years ago. Over the past few years the pay has gone crazy. It will cost well over $25M p/y guessing $130M. Being that both QB’s are “just north of average” if I may use a quote above. This make it seems like Miami got a bargain… and after this year he can dropped for nothing. Insane! Please do it, please do it!

  8. Nobody has hit the lottery more than Cousins….

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    You aren’t kidding. It’s mostly the Redskins fault but he’s going to have a biggest 3 year paydays in history just for being an average QB.

  9. Bring McCown back on a multi-year deal where he starts next season and mentors whoever the Jets decide to draft in the first round. Then he can serve as a more than qualified backup for the remainder of his contract, or play it out as a starter (which he has proven he can do) if the Jets pick ends up being a bust.

  10. Cleveland is going to offer this guy $50 million in year one, just watch.

    I think New York is the last place I would want to be if I were the highest paid QB in NFL history.

    I’d personally go to Denver or Arizona. Jacksonville and Minnesota could be dark horses as well.

  11. I don’t understand this.

    Why is Kirk Cousins going to get the biggest contract of all time?

    9th in Yards per Attempt in 2017. A touchdown to interception ratio of about 2:1. In 2016 Yards per Attempt was 3rd, and another 2:1 TD to INT ratio.

    This was with better offensive talent than he will have with the Jets.

    New York should trade its picks this year, trade whatever pieces they can, tank this season and give the new coach 2019 cap space and multiple picks to assemble a winning program.

  12. hope the jets win, that way the cards don’t have to fret over getting him. to much money, to little value.

  13. The only reason Cousins will be getting so much money is because so many teams are desperate for a quarterback. He’s a solid NFL quarterback at best but he’s shown no ability to raise the level of play of the people around him. Do you know why young, healthy franchise quarterbacks don’t become free agents? Because the team they’re on wants to keep them. Cousins’ own team preferred trading assets for an older, slightly better than mediocre quarterback who will get almost as much money as Cousins. GMs might want to think about that for a minute before they open their wallets. I have a feeling they will.

  14. Such a Jets move, break the bank for a guy who never won a big game, where is the upside with cousins over McCown? And I guess Hackenberg and Petty didn’t work out either.

  15. 700levelvet says:
    February 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Nobody has hit the lottery more than Cousins….
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    Actually, quite a few lottery winners have won more than Kirk Cousins..

  16. If Cousins goes to the Jets then he clearly only cares about $$. There will be no cheering in Mudville and the Mudville Jets will ruin football for the next 5-10 years or longer when teams can’t afford to add talent around the QB and as long as Brady is still playing for 15 mil, the Patriots will continue to dominate. Thanks Jets for ruining football – you don’t have a team that can compete now. Adding Cousins won’t help the cause. Even the best pilot can’t fly a plane that’s missing wings and an engine.

  17. Here is the list of QBs better than Kirk Cousins (in no particular order):
    Tom Brady
    Aaron Rogers
    Carson Wentz
    Ben Rothliesberger
    Jared Goff
    Russell Wilson
    Drew Brees
    Cam Newton
    Nick Foles (the hardware says it’s true)
    DeShaun Watson
    Andrew Luck
    Jimmy Garoppolo
    Matt Ryan
    Mathew Stafford

    Here are Kirk’s comparables:
    Jameis Winston
    Marcus Marriota
    Dak Prescott
    Andy Dalton
    Philip Rivers
    Derek Carr
    Joe Flacco
    (And, ironically) Alex Smith

    Buyer Beware….

  18. Cousins will be signing in Denver. He’s leaving a dumpster fire franchise with a terrible owner, so why would he sign with another one with the same issues? Denver has a great owner, a solid GM, is a great franchise, and is only 2 years removed from a Super Bowl win. Cousins already said money isn’t a major factor. Stability is his biggest concern and Denver can offer it in spades.

  19. Better defense there than in Washington, I’d also argue a little better supporting cast on offense, at the very least different. This will push the rest of the division, Buffalo had better be looking long and hard at McCarron. Tyrod Taylor can not compete with Brady and Cousins.

  20. “And if you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. ….”

    Of course ……. Think of the children!

  21. The notion of paying “whatever it takes” becomes far more open-ended than that, especially since there’s no way of knowing what it will take until knowing what another team will pay.

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    Oh yeah?
    Last season Jay Cutler got 10 mil and there were no other buyers.

  22. Clearly they did not read “The Art of the Deal” when it comes to negotiating. They are probably bidding against themselves at this point … knowingly.

    Jets being Jets again and I’m OK with that.

  23. ironsides says:
    February 19, 2018 at 11:39 am
    The notion of paying “whatever it takes” becomes far more open-ended than that, especially since there’s no way of knowing what it will take until knowing what another team will pay.

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    Oh yeah?
    Last season Jay Cutler got 10 mil and there were no other buyers.
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    In case you haven’t been paying attention, $10m is pure chicken feed in the current QB market. It’s less than 2/3 of what Mike Glennon got.

  24. As usual, it’s funny I want to win. So we will see when he selects the Browns or Jet claiming “they assured me they would get the pieces” vs they paid me the most. Denver fan here & we had a nice run with Peyton but no way does Elway get in on this mess. Get us Case or Nick Foles or even Smith ( remember he isn’t signed by the Skins. They can sign & trade him day 1.

  25. i am tempted to think that this is an intentionally leaked report as per some sort of intricate overall strategy being employed by the front office (eg. getting potential competitors to overbid, or masking their true intentions to make a run at mccarron, etc). then i remember that these are my Jets….

  26. If Cousins will be paid the highest, then a guy like Aaron Rodgers should get a double digit percentage of the Packers.

  27. As a Patriots fan, I welcome this move. Another mediocre QB in our division that will be owned by Belichick twice a year.

  28. KC is a stat king who plays in a QB friendly offense built around his limited skill set. No matter whether he has lots of talent around him (2016) or lots of injuries on his side of the ball (2017) he is a choking dog when you need him the most. Terrible long ball, gets happy feet in the pocket and and cannot carry his team and has never won a big game. And you want to give him 15% of your cap?

    KC speaks out of both sides of his mouth. Says on numerous occasions that it’s not about the money but refuses to negotiate at all in the last two years and also says on numerous occasions that he just wants to test free agency. Whomever pays him will be sorely mistaken and it will haunt their cap for years. Please make it be the Jets as the NY media would eat him alive after he throws some of his patented 4th qtr picks.

  29. Case Keenum battled Nick Foles for the NFC Championship this year and then Nick went on to win the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP.

    As that sinks in… I can’t help but wonder if paying top money for a top quarterback is how you get it done these days.

    Was Brady ever being paid top money? I don’t think so.

    The Seahawks have been one or two players away from the Super Bowl since Russell Wilson got paid. Almost but not quite for the Seahawks ever since… it’s almost like there’s a correlation.

    Maybe it has more to do with having such big contracts on the defense but the timing really can’t be denied.

    What’s going to happen to them when Russell Wilson wants 30 million.

    Speaking of Tom Brady, if what Cousins said is true about taking as much as you can and doing it out of respect for the other quarterbacks in the league why didn’t Tom come out and say the same thing that cousins just did about taking as much as you possibly can? Rhetorical question. Seems to me Cousins is just a Me Me guy and doesn’t care about winning a championship while Tom Brady was the guy who understood taking 20 instead and having a team around you gave you a chance to be the goat.

    I would rather have 20 million and a Superbowl ring or two than 30 million and nothing but losing. The comment about taking as much money as you can for the next quarterback in line is laughable when you really think about it.

  30. All the attention and leg humping over Cousins has me perplexed. He’s a serviceable quarterback but he’s no superstar.

  31. From teh Jets point of view, they will have close to 100Mm to spend once they cut Wilkerson so I ask all of you –

    What will they spend all that on if not Cousins and a couple of Olinemen? (Norwell and Richburg)
    And they will still have plenty left over.

    Its not like they will be able to use 100MM and sign 6 good 12MM/year players at reasonable prices. Free Agency = over paying.

    Alternatively the Jets can draft a QB, still sign some Olinemen, and a CB or pass rusher, and roll forward a good chunk of money for the future.

    I LOVE Cousins comment about “Owing” it to other future QBs to get as much as he can. HE owes it to his family not to the rest of the world. We owe it to our families to get the best deal we can, we don’t owe it to others in the trade. It would be “selfish” to take less? Like Brady and Peyton Manning with Denver, because they want to win?

  32. Cousins and Alex Smith have virtually the same statistical data. But lets all act like they are night and day apart because it’s fun to crap all over stuff when you yourself have accomplished nothing.

  33. Cousins will become the first healthy franchise quarterback on the right side of 30 to become a free agent in nearly a quarter-century of free agency.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Cousins is on the LEFT side of 30. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning were both on the right side of 30 when they became free agents.

  34. doing this may scare some teams away, so there are fewer teams that may try to outbid the Jets and in the process saving them some money. Also makes it more likely that a good team that may be more attractive to Cousins may not even bother wasting time bidding for him.

  35. in one fell swoop the Redskins have been able to make the Jets irrelevant for years to come. There are far too many holes in the roster to tie up all this salary cap for the foreseeable future. As a former New Yorker speaking to the Jets, don’t do it. Make a fair offer and if it doesn’t work, hope someone else in the AFC east mortgages their future for him. Build a solid team and it will be easier to attract a quality QB. In the meantime, journeymen are making things exciting these days.

  36. You B. Crazy says:
    February 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Cousins will be signing in Denver. He’s leaving a dumpster fire franchise with a terrible owner, so why would he sign with another one with the same issues? Denver has a great owner, a solid GM, is a great franchise, and is only 2 years removed from a Super Bowl win. Cousins already said money isn’t a major factor. Stability is his biggest concern and Denver can offer it in spades.
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    Unfortunately, the ship with Wade Phillips on it sailed from Denver, so their window has already slammed shut.

  37. All of you “experts”, laughable. Cousins is “system” QB, he runs a QB friendly offense, he’s not the best, blah blah blah. He can be a top-12 QB. Last I checked, 12 teams make the playoffs. And upon further review, Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles and Jared Gofff all started playoff games. He is better than 3 of those 4, easily. I love the sound of my voice, but at least make informed statements.

  38. granadafan says:
    February 19, 2018 at 11:52 am

    If Cousins will be paid the highest, then a guy like Aaron Rodgers should get a double digit percentage of the Packers.
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    They’ll just give him stock options.

  39. The smart move by the Jets or any team is to simply let someone else overpay him. Once no offers roll in, he will either initiate contact at a weakened position or not play/get paid at all. This is Kirk Cousins we are talking about here, not a 30 year old Brady, Brees or Rodgers. There is no reason to pay him that much. Kirk’s position seems to be that he can start a trend that launches future contracts soaring much higher than they already are. What I’m talking about here is the flip side to that position. Why pay Kirk $30+M for something Alex Smith, Nick Foles and others can do for $20M? What is it in Cousin’s body of work that suggests he is a transcendent QB capable of taking a decent team and turning them into a championship team? Nothing. Nothing at all.

  40. jimmyjohns01 says:
    February 19, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Imagine Rodgers got out to the FA market. If Cousins with worth $30 million, Rodgers is what… $40 million?
    _________

    If Rodgers ever leaves, Green Bay will be indistinguishable from Sheboygan. What’s that worth?

  41. Michael E says:
    February 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    All the attention and leg humping over Cousins has me perplexed. He’s a serviceable quarterback but he’s no superstar.

    The NFL is a quarterback-needy league where teams will be desperate in finding that “special QB” that can win them the Super Bowl. Sadly, this means many will be overpaid. Cousins will definitely get overpaid, and so will Case Keenum and Aj McCarron.

  42. This feels like Cousins agent fueling the bidding. “Gonna take huge, huge dollars”. The Jets don’t have interest in floating this. They’re not going to scare anyone off. So yah, go ahead and jump on these planted stories. Whatever.

  43. Transcendent money should go to transcendent players. However, market and need trump this theory. Either way, whomever signs Cousins will need to win within two seasons in order to make the deal worthwhile; 10-6 wildcard one and dones won’t cut it. After two seasons without a Lombardi, the team will be cap strapped and looking to offload the dead cap weight and they’ll be looking at Cousins first. Despite this, I’m all for a guy getting his money.

  44. Problem is, that in the salary cap era
    the more you take, the less there is for the remaining 50 plus players
    you want a winning team
    somehow you have to figure out a balance
    otherwise – you will be supported by underpaid rookies

  45. Good for Cousins. Smart young man making enough money to spend the rest of his days fishing and goofing around with his kids.

  46. I think Cousins is a Good player, Not Great, Not worth breaking the bank for. I mean what has he won in the league? he has won a playoff game? He is a good qb and will make a team better, but he hasn’t achieved a lot thus far in his career.

  47. Here’s the big question. If they sign Cousins, will this finally end their never-ending QB problem or will they get Neil O’Donnell 2.0?

  48. This is what happens when you artificially suppress free agent market by using tools like franchise tags. As soon as a good healthy QB become available on the market the price to sign him reflects that reality. The truth of the matter is top end QBs like Rodgers, Brees, and Brady have beeb ubderpaid relative to their worth for years because of the franchise tag. Cousins is getting ready to set the market correction now. You all can be mad, or laugh, or just be the general haters most of you are whenever athletes treat this like a business but at the end of the day Cousins will get paid and paid very very well.

  49. Jets: “We’ll break the bank for Cousins.”
    Redskins: “We just tagged him again, so also give us a couple of 1s.”
    Jets: “We know it’s not April Fools day yet, but…”

  50. Cousins’ record against teams with 9+ wins is something like: 4-16. Doesn’t seem to be able to carry a team. Bradford got some ridiculous contracts without winning, too. Desperation for QBs in this league.

  51. What an awesome negotiating tactic. Tell the media you’ll “pay whatever it takes”. I’m sure cousins’ agent won’t notice.

  52. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 19, 2018 at 11:54 am
    As a Patriots fan, I welcome this move. Another mediocre QB in our division that will be owned by Belichick twice a year.

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    #1 You are not a Patriots fan….your stick fools nobody

    #2 Cousins may very well be the best QB your Jets team has ever had. You should be celebrating

  53. Yep that $$ for Stafford put the Lions in the Super Bowl all right!
    Sign a Solid Starting QB then use that money in FA to put another 3 or 4 Pro Bowl players around him!
    Put an excellent front line in front of nearly any starting MFL QB and they can look GREAT. For instance Kase Ceenum and Nick Foles.
    Just watch the 49ers revert back to the Ofers 1/3rd way through the season after teams scout Jimmy G out.

  54. Cousins is beyond over rated. He had one good year and the last one wasnt it. I would hazard to guess that there are at least 5 guys out there available who could do as good a job.

  55. Whatever Cousins signs for look what that will do to Rodgers and Brees deals. The Jets, Saints and GB will be in cap hell to surround these QBs with help.

  56. Regardless of 5 starts, the 49ers now look very smart by getting Garoppolo’s contract done before free agency hit. Garoppolo would have asked for much more after seeing the contracts that are coming.

  57. flviking says:
    February 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    Whatever Cousins signs for look what that will do to Rodgers and Brees deals. The Jets, Saints and GB will be in cap hell to surround these QBs with help.
    __________________________________________________________________

    That’s not true. The salary cap is all about being smart and not sacrificing your future. Over the past 20 years, the Pats were never in trouble with the cap and Brady made a lot. The Jets have almost 75 mill this year and as long as they are responsible they’ll be fine. Plus, the cap will go up 20 mill in the next 2 years. It’s when teams become desperate to win “this year” and stop thinking about 3-4 years down the road. Too many GM’s are bad at managing money.

  58. For everyone criticizing the Jets and whatever other teams that are trying to reel Cousins in, what’s your better case scenario? They don’t have the draft pick to get one of the top guys and most of them are projects regardless. Cousins is a sure thing: he was a good quarterback on a mediocre at best Washington team. Build a good team around him through the draft and pay him. Can’t be mad at him wanting to get paid.

  59. Well, Nick Foles proved that you can be south of average and win a snooper bowl if you have a defense.

  60. “Well, Nick Foles proved that you can be south of average and win a snooper bowl if you have a defense.”

    Oh yeah, the Eagles defense really won that game for Foles….only gave up over 600 yards and 33 points. Foles didn’t have to do anything…right?

  61. “?Cleveland is going to offer this guy $50 million in year one, just watch.’

    Never happen with con man Haslam owning the team. 41 mil under the cap in 2016, 63 mil under last season, Haslam scamming the fans and laughing all the way to the bank

  62. 700levelvet says:
    February 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Nobody has hit the lottery more than Cousins….
    ———————————-

    Actually, quite a few lottery winners have won more than Kirk Cousins..
    —————————————————————————-

    I’ll raise you an Albert Haynesworth.

  63. Am I alone when I say “This is getting WAY out of hand”? Vikes will franchise Case, offer Teddy a decent “Prove it” deal and Cousins will win the “Best time to be a Free Agent QB” award.

  64. If you’re goal is to pay “whatever to takes”, an excellent way to jack that number as high as possible is to immediately announce that you’ll pay “whatever it takes”.

  65. Umm. Brees was a “franchise” qb free agent in 2006 at the age of 27. Just because his shoulder was a big concern doesn’t mean he wasn’t. Sooo quarter century or?

  66. of you “experts”, laughable. Cousins is “system” QB, he runs a QB friendly offense, he’s not the best, blah blah blah. He can be a top-12 QB. Last I checked, 12 teams make the playoffs. And upon further review, Tyrod Taylor, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles and Jared Gofff all started playoff games. He is better than 3 of those 4, easily. I love the sound of my voice, but at least make inform

    Clown. He’s not “ fully guaranteed” 150 million dollars good.hes a 14$ m year at best but due to supply and demand could get paid 18-20. 25-30 plus is laughable

  67. Cousins said during sb week he made some money now he wants to go for a title. We will see. If Cousins signs with the Jets or the Browns he is still going for the money.

  68. Just to be clear, it’s Rich Cimmini saying “whatever it takes”, not the Jets.
    Yes the Jets may not be the model franchise, but Cimmini is putting words in their mouth. And if you’ve read him before, you know most of his stories are BS.

  69. Come to MN….we have 50 Million in Cap space. You want to win? We just went to the NFCC game with a backup QB. Want a good defense? We had the #1 ranked defense last year. Good Wide Receivers? Adam Theilan and Diggs were two of the best in the league last year.

    The Vikings won’t pay whatever it takes, but we can pay a lot without getting rid of talent.

  70. @ajzinnecker, stop! With Cook coming back and continued improvements on the OL, the Vikings don’t need a high dollar QB, especially one who will significantly overpriced. Vikes have a 4 year window with the defensive guys they have locked up. Why mortgage the future on a QB who most likely would NOT be an upgrade over Keenum.

  71. mnfaninil says:

    February 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    @ajzinnecker, stop! With Cook coming back and continued improvements on the OL, the Vikings don’t need a high dollar QB, especially one who will significantly overpriced. Vikes have a 4 year window with the defensive guys they have locked up. Why mortgage the future on a QB who most likely would NOT be an upgrade over Keenum.

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    I think Cousin’s would be an upgrade. His stats are all around better. Cousin’s has done more with less than Keenum in his career. Cousin’s has played on some pretty bad teams. The Redskins never have a good line, good defense, and few play makers but Cousin’s manages to have good stats every year. Imagine what he could do with our team?

  72. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    February 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm
    Well, Nick Foles proved that you can be south of average and win a snooper bowl if you have a defense.
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    Did you watch the Superbowl? Philly gave up over 500 yards passing and made 1 great play at the end. Foles won that Suberbowl – he was sublime. I’m no Philly fan, but am a huge Nick Foles fan after that performance. He played like the Franchise

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