Could an unexpected team enter the chase for Kirk Cousins?

AP

When it comes to the looming chase for quarterback Kirk Cousins, it’s easy to compile the universe of potential candidates: Broncos, Jets, Browns, Cardinals, Vikings, Bills, maybe the Jaguars.

But what if all the talk about Cousins gets other teams intrigued about the possibility of upgrading their current quarterback situation? Consider, for example, the Cowboys. Specifically, the guy who owns the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones knows the value of a franchise quarterback. He was smitten four years ago with Johnny Manziel. He got lucky two years ago with Dak Prescott. He could now get intrigued by Cousins.

“I wouldn’t put that past him at all,” PFT’s Charean Williams, who covered the Cowboys for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, recently said during a visit to PFT Live. “We’ve seen it so many times with his intrigue with quarterbacks. We saw it back with Johnny Manziel. He just gets in his head some of these quarterbacks that he falls in love with. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a little love there for Kirk Cousins and is thinking about those down-the-field throws. . .  He does throw the ball down the field way better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. [Ben] Roethlisberger’s right there with him. I know how much Jerry loves that part of the game. I could see that.”

Jones likely would be dissuaded by his son, Stephen Jones, or by coach Jason Garrett. But it would be naive to think Jerry Jones hasn’t at least wondered whether Cousins would be an upgrade over Prescott, and whether the Cowboys should find a way to get the soon-to-be-former Washington starter.

Then there are the Giants. New G.M. Dave Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur have reiterated their interest in keeping Eli Manning around. Does that change if they think the Jets have become a viable candidate to bring Cousins to the Big Apple, potentially making the Little Brother franchise the Big Brother, for a change?

Finally, how about the Saints? If 39-year-old Drew Brees wants top-of-market money, would it make sense to make that same investment in Cousins?

It’s unlikely that Cousins will end up with anyone but one of the candidates already on the radar screen. But in a league full of owners who from time to time become infatuated with bright, shiny objects, the brightest and shiniest object is and will be Kirk Cousins, the first healthy franchise quarterback under 30 to hit the open market.

37 responses to “Could an unexpected team enter the chase for Kirk Cousins?

  1. Cowboys flat-out cannot enter the contest. They have enough cap space to keep most of their guys and woo a couple of moderately priced free agents, but the idea they could find another $35M only works if you gut the team.

  2. This…this is worse than a caller suggestion on sports talk radio. And yes, that is as insulting a label as I can come up with.

  3. The Buccaneers need to find a starting caliber veteran QB to light a fire once and for all under Jameis. He probably has not had a serious threat to a starting job since high school (or before).
    This can tell us if our QB is a franchise guy, or a mistake. And if Winston can win an honest to God QB competition, then the other guy is a great insurance policy in case of injury. Cap room is not an issue for this team.

  4. Kirk Cousins throwing downfield? He’s a good quarterback, bbut that’s never been his strength. Charean Williams has no idea what he’s talking about.

  5. When is the last QB to got this much attention and never have a 10 win season. Even Cassel has a 10 win season. The team that pays him like he is Rodgers or Brady will soon find out this guy can’t carry a team and will be losing quality players over the next 2 years because of cap problems. It will wreck Denver for the next 3 years.

  6. Poor Dak. Ol’ Jerrah sees that those champion Eagles have TWO all-american heroes at the QB position and he just doesn’t know what to do with himself. Now he’s taking it out on poor Dak. I guess Jerrah gonna Jerrah. Cowboys fans just have to deal with it.

  7. If I had to guess(without checking cap space) the only teams outside of the expected I could see would be Bucs, Dolphins or maybe the Raiders. Cousins would be an upgrade in all 3 spots and their current starter for 2 of the teams(Raiders/Carr, Bucs/Winston) could likely be dealt for something to a team that missed out on a qb. Again unlikely that Cousins goes to a team other than the expected but without knowing cap ramifications these are the only 3 other spots I could see.

  8. kmgpop says:
    February 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Buccaneers need to find a starting caliber veteran QB to light a fire once and for all under Jameis. He probably has not had a serious threat to a starting job since high school (or before).
    This can tell us if our QB is a franchise guy, or a mistake. And if Winston can win an honest to God QB competition, then the other guy is a great insurance policy in case of injury. Cap room is not an issue for this team.

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    This is a joke right? Winston threw for 3,500 yards 19 tds and 11 picks in only 11 full games last season and completed over 63% of his passes. He’s going to be the franchise QB for that team. Not saying he’s perfect he’s obviously got to do a better job with decision making but keep in mind he’s working with a bottom 5 offensive line, absolutely no run game and statistically the worst defense in the NFL. Explain what “veteran” QB can do any better in that situation.

  9. Of the Cowboys, Giants, and Saints, the only one I could possibly see entering the bidding war would be the Saints. Finding a younger replacement to Brees makes a certain amount of sense, given his age and pricetag. And they could probably find enough cap space to make it work (overthecap has them at $31.8mil right now).

  10. kmgpop says:
    February 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    The Buccaneers need to find a starting caliber veteran QB to light a fire once and for all under Jameis. He probably has not had a serious threat to a starting job since high school (or before).
    This can tell us if our QB is a franchise guy, or a mistake. And if Winston can win an honest to God QB competition, then the other guy is a great insurance policy in case of injury. Cap room is not an issue for this team.

    Don’t know about that one man. Winston actually had a pretty decent season last year. Think the shoulder injury bothered him for some of those games.

  11. I’d love to see the Vikings go hard after this guy, give up draft picks, spend a ton of cash. Love it.

  12. ariani1985 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    My Packers? with Rogers showing no heart and quitting on the team at the end of the season will my fellow “owners” want change?
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    I’m not a Packers fan, but……. Do you watch football? Have you seen Aaron Rodgers play? Aaron Rodgers quit on the team because he hung it up after the team was eliminated from the playoffs? Oh, by the way, that was right after he had a bunch of metal screws put in his shoulder. Most people said he was done for the year and shouldn’t have even tried that come back during the season.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    February 22, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    I’d love to see the Vikings go hard after this guy, give up draft picks, spend a ton of cash. Love it.

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    That would be the only way the packers could even get back the NFCN title.

  14. The Cowboys have seen enough of Cousins to know he isn’t a winner. Sure he looks good in stretches, but it’s almost a guarantee he’ll throw multiple game losing, soul-crushing, interceptions every season.

  15. flviking says:
    February 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    That would be the only way the packers could even get back the NFCN title.
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    Maybe. But they’ll return to it sooner than the Vikings, in any case.

  16. Dak costs the boys about $725k per year. Cousins will cost $30m. No way cowboys are dumb enough to fall for the mediocre Cousins. Whoever overpays for Cousins will regret it not because he will be a bust but rather its too big a hit on the salary cap and thus a team wont be able to afford as much top notch talent as other teams with a better QB.

  17. stellarperformance says:

    Maybe. But they’ll return to it sooner than the Vikings, in any case.

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    That’s a bold statement for a fan of a team that has a long history of not winning the division for extended long periods of time.

    Did you know the Packers went 21 seasons without winning a single NFC North/Central Championship at the end of a full regulation season? To add insult to injury, in 1972 they failed to score a single TD when they won the division for the first time since 1967.

    From 1967 until 1995 the Packers failed season after season with the exception of that 1972 season when they lost in the first round to the Redskins 3 – 16…

    History could be repeating itself…

  18. To state the obvious, some team will sign Cousins and sign him for huge money. That would be a huge mistake because he wouldn’t perform even close to the level of money he will suck out of the salary cap.

    So by all means, let it be the Vikings. Like the Hershel Walker trade of years ago, it will require years of repair for that single mistake.

  19. gtodriver says:

    February 23, 2018 at 7:17 am

    stellarperformance says:

    Maybe. But they’ll return to it sooner than the Vikings, in any case.

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    That’s a bold statement for a fan of a team that has a long history of not winning the division for extended long periods of time.

    Did you know the Packers went 21 seasons without winning a single NFC North/Central Championship at the end of a full regulation season? To add insult to injury, in 1972 they failed to score a single TD when they won the division for the first time since 1967.

    From 1967 until 1995 the Packers failed season after season with the exception of that 1972 season when they lost in the first round to the Redskins 3 – 16…

    History could be repeating itself…
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    Thanks for the history lesson GTO…..also take note that John Elway has never lost to the Packers in the Playoffs….NEVER!!!

  20. gtodriver says:
    February 23, 2018 at 7:17 am
    History could be repeating itself…
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    History almost did repeat itself. If it weren’t for a fluky, undeserved play, the Vikings would’ve knotched another NFL record-holding one-and-done postseason appearance. Pretenders, that’s all they are.

  21. whatjusthapped says:
    February 23, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Like the Hershel Walker trade of years ago, it will require years of repair for that single mistake.
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    Didn’t they start a run of making the playoffs 8 out of 9 years just two years after that trade?

  22. ariani1985 says:
    February 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    My Packers? with Rogers showing no heart and quitting on the team at the end of the season will my fellow “owners” want change?
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    What about your Vikings? The team who hasn’t had a real QB since Fran Tarkenton? Will your fellow “trolls” admit that ’17 was yet another fluke? And now all of your QB’s are leaving for greener pastures?

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 23, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Didn’t they start a run of making the playoffs 8 out of 9 years just two years after that trade?
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    Probably, who knows. There has to be some reason the Vikings have such a stranglehold on the all-time NFL record for the most one-and-done postseason appearances, so yeah, you might be right.

  24. I’d love to see the Vikings go hard after this guy, give up draft picks, spend a ton of cash. Love it.

    >>

    Do you know how free agency works??

  25. I’m not sure how he did it, but Cousins has maneuvered himself into position to be the highest paid player in NFL history. It would be funny if that blew up in the face of the team that empties the vaults for him. Cousins is a good QB, but the elite of the elite? I’m not at all sure about that.

  26. Flviking just stop..everyone knows that division titles are as useless as teats on a bull when a team has never won a Super Bowl.

    Eagles fans now know this to be true.

    Just stop….you are still sitting at the kids table for the holiday. There was a chair pushed back from the adults table a bit….but Vikes blew it again….Eagles fans took that seat at the table with the rest of the adults. Vikes fans are still at the kids table wearing paper crowns from BK.

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    flviking says:

    That would be the only way the packers could even get back the NFCN title.

  27. I guess I don’t get it. Cousins had a team that spent to give him WRs and a heavily offensive minded coach and they had one decent season. I get he may be the best of a mediocre bunch but you have to think that, as teams rely more and more on analytics, that they see throwing that much money away on one guy is detrimental to the team in a way that that is very cost prohibitive.

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