All Eyes on Kirk Cousins as Free Agent
NFL free agency is upon us; and if you are a huge football fan like myself, the start of free agency is an exciting time because it is the start of the new league year.
Free agency starts on March 14, but teams and players can start negotiations on March 12. This year the market is filled with a lot of big time names such as cornerback Malcolm Butler, tight end Jimmy Graham, and defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah.
Those are just some of the notable free agents available this season but every year it seems that there is that one free agent that captures fans and experts attention, leaving them wanting to know where this player will land. This year that player is quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Cousins will now hit the market after his former team, the Washington Redskins, decided to go another direction last month, trading away their 2018 third round pick and young cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith.
Now that Cousins will be hitting the market, he will be looking for a contract on a team where he can compete for a championship run.
A lot of fans and experts say Cousins should come to New York and play for the Jets because one, the Jets are projected to have $73,196,618 in cap space this according to “Over The Cap” and two, the Jets have enough young talent to win.
According to Brian Costello at the New York Post, one league source “speculated the Jets could front-load the contract and offer Cousins $60 million guaranteed in the first year of the contract.”
Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets for ESPN, says that “money aside, the Jets hope to convince him he’ll have a chance to win in New York. Because of obvious deficiencies on the current roster, they must sell him a championship vision.”
People such as Cimini and others close to the Jets organization say that the Jets are very interested in signing Cousins in free agency.
Here is the thing about Kirk Cousins coming to the Jets, in my mind the Jets are obviously the front runners to land Cousins and it seems like Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan will pay anything to get Cousins. I don’t want Kirk Cousins because I think Cousins is too much money.
The Jets will be overpaying for a guy who is not even close to an elite Quarterback. Kirk Cousins is a guy who if you surround him with some good offensive weapons and a good defense, he can win you 9 or 10 games and maybe get you in the playoffs as a wild card team.
Even knowing the Jets do have an up-and-coming defense, their offense is questionable because who will Cousins be throwing too in 2018 we don’t know what is going to happen with Robby Anderson after his incident in Miami last month and will they resign Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In my opinion, the Jets should spend their money on other free agents at other positions and draft a QB with the 6th pick in the draft.