How many teams are really interested in Kirk Cousins?

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Six years ago, teams lined up for a chance to have quarterback Peyton Manning reject them. Now, with Kirk Cousins hitting the market as the first healthy franchise quarterback on the right side of 30 in the history of free agency, the universe of interested teams sits at four. One eighth of the entire league.

But how many teams are actually interested in Cousins? The Cardinals, as of a week ago, thought Cousins would be too expensive for their budget. Now, they’re back in it. Supposedly.

Here’s a theory/hypothesis/whatever: Only the Jets are seriously interested, and the other three teams are essentially leverage. The Cardinals, Broncos, and Vikings would be willing participants in this dance, because showing interest in Cousins could help them leverage other arrangements.

If Case Keenum wants too much from the Vikings, the Vikings can shrug and say, “We’ll sign Cousins instead.” If A.J. McCarron wants too much from the Cardinals, the Cardinals can shrug and say, “We’ll sign Cousins instead.” If the Browns want too much from the Broncos for the first overall pick in the draft (a possibility that he has been making the rounds), the Broncos can shrug and say, “We’ll sign Cousins instead.”

Some think the Jets will offer the most to Cousins, but that he’ll choose to go somewhere else. In the end, the gap between the Jets and everyone else may be too big to justify saying no to New York.

Really, any team would be interested in Cousins if the price were low enough. The fact that the Jets, Vikings, Broncos, and Cardinals have emerged as finalists suggests that they’ve essentially been pre-qualified via intended offers that are in the vicinity of the ballpark of what Cousins wants.

Ultimately, however, it may be only two teams that are seriously motivated to sign him. Or maybe it’s only one, with the Jets being forced to pay more than they want under the threat that Cousins will choose a better team.

49 responses to “How many teams are really interested in Kirk Cousins?

  1. >>If A.J. McCarron wants too much from the Cardinals, the Cardinals can shrug

    If AJ wants too much I’d laugh and say “what have you done to justify a big payday?”.

    I’d offer him a base of 1MM, with Incentives of up to $29 million if he wins the MVP and Super Bowl. If he throws for > 4,200 yards and 30 TDs I’ll pay him 25MM.

  2. Would the Vikings offer a first and a 3rd round pick for Nick Foles, and would the Eagles agree to trade the Super Bowl MVP to a conference rival that is perhaps their closest competitor for another Super Bowl run?

  3. KIrk Cousins is no Peyton Manninng, remember the huge drop off the Colts had when he couldn’t play?
    There are quite a few qb’s that could match the 7 to 9 wins Cousins put up each year.

  4. I’ll only be happy with the Jets signing Cousins if they make smart draft choices to compliment him (O-Line, and RB). I’d be happy with Cousins if the Jets had a legitimate chance to draft Barkley, because the Jets have no running came right now. Otherwise, please just bring back McCown and draft a quarterback.

  5. Really loose with that “franchise” term these days. Hard to call Cousins a franchise QB when his current franchise doesn’t want him to be their QB.

  6. omeimontis says:
    March 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    Would the Vikings offer a first and a 3rd round pick for Nick Foles, and would the Eagles agree to trade the Super Bowl MVP to a conference rival that is perhaps their closest competitor for another Super Bowl run?

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    Probably “no” to both of those questions, I would assume.

  7. How many teams are going to be scared away by the Redskins poor attempt at a hit piece with accomplice/hack Dan Patrick? That one got swept under the rug real quick. #fakenews

  8. Some of those scenarios are plain nuts. I’m not even a huge Cousins fan but he’s got miles more upside than either Case Keenum (who is just waiting to revert to the mean) and McCarron (who hasn’t played significantly since 2015).

  9. Cousins is like Delta Burke, beauty queen face and personality with a subpar body.

    Kirk has all the stats and says the right thing but his win/loss record is the equivalent to Delta Burke stomach rolls.

    No idea why he is considered elite.

  10. Kirk said: “There’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. 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.” He’s gotta go to the highest bidder, otherwise he’ll set future QB deals back.

  11. In one week it becomes official…..welcome to MN Kirk!! It will be exciting, albeit strange, watching the Vikes O really push the ball downfield with some actual deep shots between the hashes. That part of the field has been ignored since Favre ’09. Cousins may not be a future HOF QB but he is a franchise QB and can be the Vikes’ for the next 6-10 yrs.

  12. So to have the makings of a franchise QB in 2018 all you need is a sub 500 record and 0-2 in the playoffs.

    With this logic and the next guy to sign a contract has to make more than the last the league should be thriving in 10 years.

  13. Mantitebow; strong take referencing 90’s heart blob Delta Burke. Can’t unsee ‘Delta Burke stomach rolls’.

    Best chuckle I’ve had all day.

  14. I hope you’re right about the Vikings just using Cousins for leverage, but I don’t think so. If they weren’t serious about Cousins, they wouldn’t be trying to talk down Keenum, they would be offering Bridgewater a reasonable deal and be done with it. That’s an awfully big price to pay for knee insurance.

  15. What was the point of this exactly? Do you have info that only the Jets are interested or is this just a space filler like most articles this time of year?

  16. Jets have shown that they don’t know how to draft a QB so they will be signing one of the free agents. Cousins will turn down their larger offer and go to the Vikings for a little less money and a lot less drama. Wouldn’t surprise me if Foles is the Jets’ starter on Day 1.

  17. The real question is how many articles can we get out of the subject of how many teams are interested in Kirk Cousins

  18. Probably at least $75 mill guaranteed to a guy with a career losing record, who is 4-19 against above .500 teams, and has no post season wins, but a 1st for Nick Foles is too much. Awesome!!!

  19. Good analysis Florio, and a question I have been asking all along. We sometimes forget there’s interest – and then there’s posturing. There could be some posturing going on here. Will be interested in seeing how it plays out.

  20. mantitebow says:

    Cousins is like Delta Burke, beauty queen face and personality with a subpar body.
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    And a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

  21. You can’t give heavily incentive based contracts out, especially to QBs. A difference of 10-12 million riding on passing numbers would look awkward in December when the front office calls down to the coach on the field and says keep running the ball even though we are down 14 in the 2nd half.

  22. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in New England. He will get a legitimate shot of competing for the starting job.

  23. “Six years ago, teams lined up for a chance to have quarterback Peyton Manning reject them.”

    With that logic the Pats and Brady must have been at the top of the list?

  24. Bring on the hate but I’m still hoping that the Vikings are planning to bring Bridgewater back after letting the market set his value.

    By not refuting the Cousins rumours (I’m English… deal with it), it is demonstrating to Bridgewater’s agent that there are indeed other options available should he encourage his client to aim too high with what should really be a mid-range one or two year prove it type deal.

    Bring in a veteran (Hoyer has history with Defilippo) to be the primary backup whilst Sloter is developed, and the Vikings can have all three QBs signed along with another main offensive or defensive starter for less money than it will cost to have Cousins in 2018.

  25. Whatever the outcome; consensus is that gb will be bleeding out their nose after aaron’s new re-up.

  26. Cousins has proven nothing and has not earned a “franchise” moniker. Sure, he’s available, but he’s middle-of-the-road…………nothing special. There’s only six or eight “special” QB’s in the entire league, and he’s not one of them.

  27. GenXJ says:
    March 5, 2018 at 6:27 pm
    Whatever the outcome; consensus is that gb will be bleeding out their nose after aaron’s new re-up.
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    …..and the Vikings would change their colors to Green & Gold for the opportunity to do the same.

  28. The Vikings may be playing it close to the vest but I’m thinking it’s a matter of time. Cousins will solidify that offense for years. The cheesers are soiling themselves. Good luck.

  29. I’m a Skins fan and I hate to see KC go, but with all the adversity he’s suffered in DC just because Shanahan had the pelotas to draft him in the same year as RG3, I wish him the best. I’d love to see him break the bank AND wind up on a team he leads to win the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t that just be a kick in the nads to all the naysayers out there, including his current team?

  30. Still not a huge Cousins fan. The Vikes got to the NFC Championship game with Keenum and the playoffs with Bridgewater. They don’t need a top 10 QB to succeed – just a top 20 QB. While Cousins is only looking for a 3 year deal, which wouldn’t have long term cap consequences, they’ve gotta be able to feed a bunch of other mouths those 3 years. Folks need to remember the Vikes had a $22.5M QB cap hit this year with $17M to spare, so most anything under $28M/yr is doable.

  31. mantitebow says:
    March 5, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    Cousins is like Delta Burke, beauty queen face and personality with a subpar body.

    Kirk has all the stats and says the right thing but his win/loss record is the equivalent to Delta Burke stomach rolls.

    No idea why he is considered elite.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Or as Ole’ Ben Franklin put it, “Marry an Ugly Woman She’ll Love you forever”.

    I just don’t see what Cousins has done to deserve that interest and money? Case helped The Vikes go from 8-8 (lucky at that) to 13-3. What did Cousins do? I think Minnesota realizes for the little bit of “supposed” drop off, they could save enough on cap space to resign all their core players long term, and bring in the few gaps they have via FA and Draft..no reason leaving the money on the floor, use the Draft to perpetuate the cycle and let other teams be foolish enough to take the chances on high drafted players while they have hit gold with 2nd and lower round picks.

  32. hardheadedrb says:
    March 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    In one week it becomes official…..welcome to MN Kirk!! It will be exciting, albeit strange, watching the Vikes O really push the ball downfield with some actual deep shots between the hashes. That part of the field has been ignored since Favre ’09. Cousins may not be a future HOF QB but he is a franchise QB and can be the Vikes’ for the next 6-10 yrs.
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    Keenum and Cousins basically match each other with deep balls down field last season. The one thing about Cousins that scares me is the Vikings players love Keenum and if he is shown the door and Cousins doesn’t play up to what they experienced in 2017 it will become a very bad locker room.

  33. “Nothing special” Many people parrot something they heard someone else say. Maybe they are Skip Bayless groupies on the low. No matter what you say Kirk is going to get paid a lot of money for his skills. Most of the bad comments are from people who are intimidated when people succeed. It just reminds them that in life they underachieved and dislike anyone that overachieved.

  34. omeimontis says:

    March 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Would the Vikings offer a first and a 3rd round pick for Nick Foles, and would the Eagles agree to trade the Super Bowl MVP to a conference rival that is perhaps their closest competitor for another Super Bowl run?

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    No way this happens.

    1. The Vikings only did the Bradford deal because Teddy was injured 1 week before the season. Unless a desperate situation like that comes up again…no chance.

    2. Case and Foles are the same QB. Both are average but can play well with a good supporting cast. Foles played well because of a good offensive line, and his receivers bailed him out. Same with Case. Case actually beat out Foles when they both played for the Rams. Why trade fro Foles when they can work a deal out with Case or tag him?

  35. Cousins is Fools Gold. Not one Redskins player has lamented him leaving. I hope he goes to the Jets. He will be eaten alive by the media when he chokes, and he will. All you Vikings fans on here go look at Week 17 of the 2016 season. A win and in game at home against a Giants team resting players. 10 lousy points including a “business decision” int to end the Redskins season. Could have easily ran for a 1st down to keep drive going. Wish nothing but the worst for that phony.

  36. purpleguy says:
    March 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm
    The Vikes got to the NFC Championship game with Keenum and the playoffs with Bridgewater. They don’t need a top 10 QB to succeed

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    PG – if you call getting blown out in the NFC title game success, then I think the owners, organization, coach and most fans have a different expectation for success than you do.

    Case is going to get 15-20, If KC is willing to take 25 to play for a team with a chance to win it all then in my opinion it is a no-brain decision. You go with the proven starter who has had very good stats with very little talent around him.

  37. FecalFreak69 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    including a “business decision” int to end the Redskins season. Could have easily ran for a 1st down to keep drive going. Wish nothing but the worst for that phony.

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    So you would prefer him to risk his health and playing future for a team that wasn’t willing to commit to him long term?

  38. I think Kirk cousins will finally land with Kansas city Chiefs or Minnesota Vikings.

  39. I feel the fool who ends up paying way to much for Cousins. I see bust o mania all over this guy. He just inst the answer. Hey Wash dumped him because he never showed them he could take them all the way. They were always leery of his performance and afraid to bust the bank and I think IMO that they did the smart thing.

  40. Speilman has stolen more drafts then any other GM. The fact that the Vikes are in the conversation tells me Speilman has some smart move up his sleeve ( I think he want to keep two of his three guys) and use talk of Cousins to lower their asking price is all.
    I would be the most shocked person on the planet if the Vikes picked up Cousins. They have better guys then that now.

  41. Lol… A lot of Vikings fans in here downvoting certain comments? Is that who he’s rumored to go to? Usually the consensus is that he’s slightly overrated, but I guess we shall see, if he’s on a strong team like the Vikes, eh?

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