Report: Kirk Cousins has ruled out no teams yet

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There are four finalists for Kirk Cousins. Unless there aren’t.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has posted this observation regarding the chase for the first healthy, sub-30, franchise quarterback to ever hit the open market: “I’m hearing that free agent Kirk Cousins has not ruled out any teams (despite the chatter). He’s keeping all options open. There’s still ample time to survey the landscape and find a new home. So, the Jets are still very much a viable destination.”

It’s a telling development on the back end of the Scouting Combine, suggesting that only the Jets are offering market value to Cousins, and that the gap between the Jets and contenders like the Vikings and Broncos is big enough to make Cousins serious about accepting the New York offer.

This meshes with the point made here on Monday regarding whether the three supposed finalists not named the Jets (Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals) are truly interested in Cousins at a financial level that he’d deem acceptable.

With eight days until free agency launches, now isn’t the time to throw the door open for more suitors. It’s the time to focus on a handful of finalists. Unless those finalists aren’t coming up with final offers that Cousins likes.

Is it a coincidence that the Cardinals deemed the price to be too high for Cousins but apparently ended up back in the mix? It could be that some of the interested teams are interested at numbers far lower than expected, leaving the Jets as the one contractual outlier. Leaving Cousins to either accept that offer or, before doing so, take one last shot at luring someone else to the table.

65 responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins has ruled out no teams yet

  1. But the number of teams that have ruled out Kirk Cousins grows by the day…

    His success against teams with winning records is abysmal. Kirk should take whatever he is offered by any team and be happy with it.

  2. I still like Florio’s analysis from earlier – that some of those teams are posturing. But I never believed Cousins has ruled out any team. He seems like a self-aware kind of guy. He needs to cash in now, because his stats don’t suggest the HoF anytime soon – or even a playoff victory. I think he will listen to all offers, and teams will make the offer that makes sense for them.

    Except the Jets, because I do believe they would offer $60M guaranteed, which is maniacal and stupid.

  3. Cardinals can’t meet his contractual demands, neither can Denver without cutting some salary and the Vikings don’t want to cripple their team by overpaying and devoting a large portion of their cap space to one player…so if Cousins was being honest about accepting less to play for a team that is close to winning a championship, he’ll end up in Denver or Minnesota…if it’s just a cash grab (nothing wrong with someone going for every dollar they can get) he’ll end up with the Jets…

  4. It looks to me like certain “journalists” (Jason Laconfora?) are pushing a narrative that helps gets Cousins to a certain team. How else can you explain his story that Cousins is down to two teams without providing ANY evidence and before free agency even starts or team visits made.

  5. I’ve been a Jets fan since I was old enough to understand football. Which means, I also understand the pain of not having a legitimate quarterback, and consequently legitimate offense. With that being said, I seriously, seriously hope that the Jets re-sign McCown to a three year contract, draft a quarterback, and use the money they save to bring in pieces that we need. In my mind, that’s a veteran Running Back who isn’t too old to fill in on downs for Elijah McGuire while the franchise determines if he’s a legitimate option in the backfield. It’s also more talented players in the Offensive Line, an upgrade at Cornerback, and an OLB or DE that can actually get to the Quarterback. As much as I hate to admit it, and want to believe that we have a lot of young talent that can step up, we have multiple needs and I would rather not cripple our Salary Cap for the next three seasons by committing to one position. The way I view the Kirk Cousins chase is this; do you believe that signing Kirk Cousins gives you a higher percentage chance to win the Super Bowl in the next three seasons than drafting a Top 3 Quarterback in the draft, with the current roster? My answer to that is no, and if it’s yes, then I promise you it’s not by much.

  6. The Joke of the decade!!!!!!!! A QB with his absmal record of 4-19 against teams with a winning record, finishing 3rd out of 4th the last two years in the division, ZERO playoff wins, and on and on on!!!! This is freaking hilarious. I am just waiting for someone to say “You’ve been PUNKED!!!”. Surely, the NFL cannot be this stupid!! But, Im beginning to think they could. So let me look at someone who is not stupid in the NFL, Bill Bellichick- I think I heard Bill laughing harder than all of us!!!

  7. I don’t want him at 30 mil a year. Brady, Brees, Big Ben, Peyton Manning, none of them made 30 mil a year and all are proven QB’s. I hope Cousins signs with someone other than Minnesota.

  8. whoever signs him better do so for a very long contract… You’ll build a team around him, but if his contract runs out, hell leave you out to dry…dont be surprised if he refuses to negotiate…

  9. people are saying a guy who has never won a playoff game is the missing link to win a superbowl. ok.

  10. I don’t see the Vikings signing him to a short term mega deal. That is not something Spielman does. Instead I would guess they’ll try to do a longer term deal with a lower annual cap hit and incentives. If Cousins doesn’t bite, they’ll sign Keenum or McCarron. If the Jets offer him a zillion, he’ll be their new QB because in the end, he’s smart enough to maximize his NFL earnings while he still can.

  11. I happen to think the Jets, my favorite team are in a good spot. Sure Minnesota has a defense and some skill players, but you wake up in the morning in…Minnesota

    I think it’s going to come down to Denver and the Jets. If we get him, I hope we trade down out of six and stockpile. There’s a lot of talent in this draft and we could get 4 or 5 of the top 100 or so rookies.

    If they don’t get him they take the best QB available at 6 and hope he’s the real deal.

    Either way I keep McCown AND draft a QB prospect in the later rounds.

  12. I’m suffering whiplash trying to follow this story. Hard not to like Cousins downfield throwing, his mobility and he’s got a great fastball, then factor in HOF’ers like Brees and Elway didn’t win with subpar rosters either. Pretty clear to me all sides are playing against each other in this game, meaning Cousins will *really* have to produce to justify all this posturing. Historically, the money grab has been a one way ticket to loserville in the NFL.

  13. kcflake says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
    All this hoopla over a qb that has achieved nothing in the league.
    *****************************************************
    Says the Chiefs fan who thinks Mahomes is God, even though he only played one game and he stunk in it.

    At least Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the NFL multiple times.

  14. Of course not! Would any of us rule out companies waiting to pay us money far in excess of our talents?

  15. I thought Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed ! oh wait it re-branded to the NFL free agency.

  16. Just let all the Philly fans that think that Nick Foles is the Messiah represent him, they do a great job of overvaluing QBs.

  17. Is there really “that” much difference between earning $25 million a year or $30 million a year…in terms of lifestyle and security? I don’t think so. I have to believe that the real motivation is ego. Cousins wants to be the highest paid player in the league…even if it’s only short lived. You know that the next franchise quarterback to be signed to a new contract is going to have an even sweeter deal…since Cousins’ deal will be used as a benchmark.

  18. “the first healthy, sub-30, franchise quarterback to ever hit the open market”

    We get it, no need to keep repeating it in every article about Cousins. I always felt he doesn’t warrant being the highest paid quarterback in the league, but then again Derek Carr got a big contract, so I guess anything is possible.

  19. Most veteran “franchise” quarterbacks aren’t looking for another franchise to play for.

  20. I still find it hard to believe that at some point in the near future that Kirk freaking Cousins will be the highest paid player in the NFL…let that sink in for a bit.

  21. “regarding the chase for the first healthy, sub-30, franchise quarterback to ever hit the open market”.

    Umm.

    I seem to remember a quarterback by the name of Drew Brees hitting the open market in 2006. He had played under the franchise tag for the Chargers the year before, and given that he was born in 1979, I’d say he was under 30.

    Nice research.

  22. Kurt will lead the Vikes to the Super Bowl next year. Green Bay will overpay Erin and end up stuck in a Ravens/Flaccid situation. #bookit #wehaveasituation

  23. The Vikings activated Bridgewater after seeing his progress. Viking players have been ooohing and ahhhing for several weeks. They should sign Bradford and start him until he either stays on his feet or goes down again. If he goes down, then it’s Bridgewaters’ turn to put up or shut up. Adding Cousins to this team would be a mistake. The Vikings already have the pieces they need.

  24. joetoronto says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:50 am
    kcflake says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
    All this hoopla over a qb that has achieved nothing in the league.
    *****************************************************
    Says the Chiefs fan who thinks Mahomes is God, even though he only played one game and he stunk in it.

    At least Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the NFL multiple times.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Says the Raider Fan that is always the first to post on any Chiefs article and still thinks Carr is a God even though he has also accomplished nothing in the league.
    #ChiefsownallthespacebtwnJoesears

  25. stellarperformance says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:32 am
    The Vikings activated Bridgewater after seeing his progress. Viking players have been ooohing and ahhhing for several weeks. They should sign Bradford and start him until he either stays on his feet or goes down again. If he goes down, then it’s Bridgewaters’ turn to put up or shut up. Adding Cousins to this team would be a mistake. The Vikings already have the pieces they need.

    —————
    Do you really believe that Teddy (0.8TD per game) Bridgewater is going to take the Vikings to a SB? Please child…

  26. Now hear me out… Is it possible that no one really knows what’s going to happen and that many, many, many scenarios are possible at this point? And secondly, is possible that in this day and age where it’s more important to be “first” than it is to be “accurate” when reporting, that some of these writers are expressing their opinions but presenting them as a story with a source?

  27. jjackwagon says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:41 am
    joetoronto says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:50 am
    kcflake says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
    All this hoopla over a qb that has achieved nothing in the league.
    *****************************************************
    Says the Chiefs fan who thinks Mahomes is God, even though he only played one game and he stunk in it.

    At least Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the NFL multiple times.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Says the Raider Fan that is always the first to post on any Chiefs article and still thinks Carr is a God even though he has also accomplished nothing in the league.
    #ChiefsownallthespacebtwnJoesears

    ————-

    I don’t think that in any way diminishes his comment with regards to Mahommes…

  28. I am hoping this plays out like “The Batchelor.”

    Kirk: Jets, I really want to sign with you, but I want to see how it works with the Vikes.

  29. jimjets says:

    March 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I happen to think the Jets, my favorite team are in a good spot. Sure Minnesota has a defense and some skill players, but you wake up in the morning in…Minnesota

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    lol. You do realize Cousin’s is from the Midwest? He is from Michigan. He would be closer to home and maybe he doesn’t want to live in the biggest city in America. Not everyone wants to. I don’t. Thanks for admitting our team is better thou….because it is.

  30. Thetruthis says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:16 am
    The Joke of the decade!!!!!!!! A QB with his absmal record of 4-19 against teams with a winning record, finishing 3rd out of 4th the last two years in the division, ZERO playoff wins, and on and on on!!!! This is freaking hilarious. I am just waiting for someone to say “You’ve been PUNKED!!!”. Surely, the NFL cannot be this stupid!!
    ——————————
    Huh…..the top 3 paid QB’s right now combine for ZERO playoff wins. Staffords record versus winning teams was 5-46 before last year. Brees has a losing record versus winning teams but he’s a sure fire HOF’er. QB’s will continue to be way overpaid compared to other players. It’s the ultimate team game with 1 guy getting way more credit for wins and too much blame for losses.

  31. Jack Gorman says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

    “regarding the chase for the first healthy, sub-30, franchise quarterback to ever hit the open market”.

    Umm.

    I seem to remember a quarterback by the name of Drew Brees hitting the open market in 2006. He had played under the franchise tag for the Chargers the year before, and given that he was born in 1979, I’d say he was under 30.

    Nice research.
    ___________

    The key word here is “healthy.” Brees was coming off a shoulder injury that many considered to be career threatening. The Dolphins preferred sending a second-round pick to the Vikings for Daunte Culpepper’s mangled knee to signing Brees.

  32. If the reported 3 years/90 mil contract is correct then Cousins has ruled teams out. The Broncos and Cardinals can’t afford that and it wouldn’t make sense for Cousins to sign with the Jets in that scenario because they won’t be contending for anything for at least a couple of years. The only organization that can pay him that type of money and allow him to instantly play on a Superbowl level team is the Vikings. It’s the perfect contract for Minnesota because if we front load it in 2018 it won’t affect our ability to keep our team together. SKOL

  33. stellarperformance says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

    The Vikings activated Bridgewater after seeing his progress. Viking players have been ooohing and ahhhing for several weeks. They should sign Bradford and start him until he either stays on his feet or goes down again. If he goes down, then it’s Bridgewaters’ turn to put up or shut up. Adding Cousins to this team would be a mistake. The Vikings already have the pieces they need.
    _________

    Stellar, we don’t agree on much but you and I are simpatico on this one. The Vikings could sign Bradford and Bridgewater for the same amount of money (or less) that they spent on quarterbacks this year. Either one of them is better than Cousins and chances are one of them will be able to stay healthy the whole season. Spend the money you save upgrading the offensive and defensive lines and enjoy a great season.

    The only question is whether Bradford and Bridgewater want to compete for the starting job, but realistically they’re going to have to do that anywhere they go. Why not stay where they know the system and are well liked?

  34. I hate to ask this but I was sure the Skins were going to tag Cousins because this writer all but convinced me that they were dumb and vindictive. I believe the phrase was “They are in the pettiness game” from an anonymous source and those types of sources are always right.

    Someone who was right was the person saying all along that the Skins weren’t tagging Cousins this year. Unfortunately for PFT, that person doesn’t work for them. That person looks at the facts and draws logical conclusions and doesn’t let their biases get in the way of their pursuit of the truth. At 4PM EST, that prediction, a prediction based on logic will come to pass.

  35. 20 years ago the qbs accounted for about 16.5% of salary cap. Ten years ago the qbs accounted for about 16.7% of the salary cap. Kirk signs for 30 million on a salary cap of 177.1 million???? Guess what %%%%% that is???? Just under 17%.
    So 30 million is par for the course

  36. Just wondering another thing. The league year hasn’t started, the legal tampering period hasn’t started, how are there so called “offers” out for Cousins when technically, you can’t “offer” anyone anything at this point?

  37. People need to stop saying Kirk isn’t worth 30mill a year yes he may not be worth it, but the QB position is, and he plays QB. It’s not what you’re worth in the NFL, its what you can get paid.

  38. Funny — I’m not sure a single teams’ fan base really wants their team to sign Cousins.

    And to the jimjets guy trashing MN for NY — other than the fact that Cousins is from the upper Midwest and the Jets are a complete joke, do you really think the rest of the world believes the universe revolves around NY like you do?

  39. Will the Vikings get Cousins for $25 million? Probably not. Closer to $30 million probably. They can front load the contract and with the cap climbing considerably every year there isn’t much worry about keeping the core of the defense in tact. With the window open it’s the right thing to do.

  40. The hype about mediocre Kirk Cousins just shows how QB deprived the NFL has become. So sad.

  41. The league is so desperate for QBs because it has overvalued the position. Who were the 4 starting the championship games again? And where were all the “franchise” QBs? Team game people….. let someone overpay Cousins because he us the bright shiny trinket of this FA. The best TEAMS will still be playing in February

  42. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Will the Vikings get Cousins for $25 million? Probably not. Closer to $30 million probably. They can front load the contract and with the cap climbing considerably every year there isn’t much worry about keeping the core of the defense in tact. With the window open it’s the right thing to do.
    ______________________

    I rarely agree with this poster. I agree with this poster on this.

  43. The Vikings could sign Bradford and Bridgewater for the same amount of money (or less) that they spent on quarterbacks this year. Either one of them is better than Cousins and chances are one of them will be able to stay healthy the whole season.
    _________________

    I would wager neither one has more than 400 game snaps this season.

  44. C’mon Zim and Speilman, sign Keenum Case closed!Not sold on Cousins one bit. Rather go with a guy who has been there a year all ready.

  45. Actually, Cousins is the perfect Viking QB. He can’t win the big game that really counts, can’t win in the playoffs and the brighter the spotlight, the more INT’s he throws.

    I love the exuberance of Viking fans when it comes to Spielman picking a QB. Its the one thing that got him fired in the past and it will likely get him fired in the future. But as far as the Viking fan goes, he’s GM of the year for last year’s fluke season (that ended in one of the worse playoff blowouts in recent history)

  46. Don’t people understand Kirk Cousins hated the way the Redskins were run. He wanted either Shanahan or Mcvay. He wants to win. He will go to Minnesota on a good contract but not the offer he could of had with the Jets.. He will win a Super Bowl !!

  47. nhpats says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:45 am
    jjackwagon says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:41 am
    joetoronto says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:50 am
    kcflake says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
    All this hoopla over a qb that has achieved nothing in the league.
    *****************************************************
    Says the Chiefs fan who thinks Mahomes is God, even though he only played one game and he stunk in it.

    At least Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the NFL multiple times.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Says the Raider Fan that is always the first to post on any Chiefs article and still thinks Carr is a God even though he has also accomplished nothing in the league.
    #ChiefsownallthespacebtwnJoesears

    ————-

    I don’t think that in any way diminishes his comment with regards to Mahommes…
    —————
    Okay to be more specific, I don’t know any Chiefs fans that think Mahomes is God…except Joe.

  48. joetoronto says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:50 am
    kcflake says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
    All this hoopla over a qb that has achieved nothing in the league.
    *****************************************************
    Says the Chiefs fan who thinks Mahomes is God, even though he only played one game and he stunk in it.

    At least Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 yards in the NFL multiple times.
    ________________________

    Apparently he threw for 4000 yards against teams that were 500 or below, cause a 4-19 record against teams with a winning record in your career is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!! 1-5 record in his own division. and finished 3rd out of 4th in his own division the last two years yells loudly to those who have ears to hear.

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