After which there was 4…
As we speak, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed that the largest identify anticipated to maneuver on the free agent market QB Kirk Cousins has an inventory narrowed to only 4 groups. That is the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings.
Not included are the Cleveland Browns, who now seem out of the race.
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Simply over a month in the past, Ryan Phillips launched his recommendation to Cousins, however now assuming these will probably be the solely 4 choices, right here is a rating of the 4 suitors for the former Professional Bowl QB:
four. Arizona Cardinals
Rumblings of Cousins heading to the desert elevated yesterday when Cousins shared an image on Instagram with the workforce’s prime goal Larry Fitzgerald:
Bumped into Fitz in the airport yesterday. He’s a GREAT recruiter!
If David Johnson can come again from damage with none restrictions, the acquisition of Cousins will make Arizona extremely aggressive in what seems to be like a hellacious NFC West. Arizona doesn’t seem today nearly as good of a match as the different three groups. Cousins can be uncovered to a downgraded offensive line that ranked twenty ninth in the NFL final yr, and with the cash he’ll demand, they are going to be unable so as to add any vital assist to guard him. The vacation spot would have additionally been extra interesting if Bruce Arians was nonetheless in cost.
three. New York Jets
Don’t be stunned if Cousins is sporting inexperienced and white in the Massive Apple come September. The Jets are reportedly “prepared to pay no matter it takes” to turn into the new house for Captain Kirk. The Jets can definitely do this, and with a large quantity of cap area, can add extra than simply Cousins this offseason. In that case, they could have to bolster the offensive line that (like Arizona) is not going to do Cousins any favors. The Jets have been higher than anybody might have imagined a season in the past and if they’re able to usher in Cousins, and never completely botch the sixth decide in the draft, the J-E-T-S could possibly be nicely on their method to securing a Wild Card place. A key to observe right here: Cousins has made it clear that he would take pleasure in enjoying for new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. He has been a fan of Bates since 2012 when he first met him, including:
“Each Mike, Kyle [Shanahan], that entire system I performed in. Sean McVay comes from that tree. I simply assume so extremely of them as play callers, as offensive gurus if you’ll. As a result of Jeremy comes from that tree, it will be thrilling to consider working with somebody like that, figuring out how essential Xs and Os and recreation planning is and having the proper play caller.”
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2. Minnesota Vikings
With all three of the Vikings QBs – Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater – set to hit the market, Cousins might be heading north. If this listing was merely rating the most closely fits for subsequent season, the Vikings would completely be ranked primary. The Vikings with Cousins are a favourite to win the Tremendous Bowl. This match would immediately give Cousins his most gifted roster so far however would include immense strain. Keenum was a legit MVP candidate a season in the past and had many believing the metropolis of Minneapolis can be internet hosting the Tremendous Bowl with their very own staff concerned. Not solely will the followers of the Purple Individuals Eaters expect Cousins to steer them again to the NFC Championship Recreation, they may anticipate him to win it as he is thought-about superior to Keenum. If he is as much as the process, heading to Minnesota must be splendid inheriting one of the most gifted defenses in the league.
As for the offense, will probably be cookin’:
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1. Denver Broncos
They need to be the favourite, proper? And they need to be. Cousins becoming a member of the Broncos simply makes an excessive amount of sense. Particularly, the affect of John Elway has to set the Broncos aside from the pack. Denver confirmed final season how good their protection STILL is, led by arguably the greatest defensive participant in the league, Von Miller. In 2017, the protection ranked prime 5 towards the cross, rush and in yards. The preliminary strain on Cousins can be minimal stepping right into a place that was abysmal a yr in the past behind Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch (bust). The Broncos can even present him with a strong receiving corp, and a operating recreation to create an efficient play-motion recreation. The offensive line – once more – can be a problem – thirtieth final season – subsequently, that is the place the fifth general decide ought to be used on.
If Cosuins is to take a look at the greater image, Denver is the place he can have the most sucess for the longest time. In contrast to with Minnesota (NFC) the place he should cope with a plethora of younger, gifted groups for years to return, there is a path in the AFC that may be envisioned. With Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady – we expect – getting older and with no present alternative plan in place, the AFC Championship Recreation could also be hosted at Mile High Stadium greater than as soon as in the subsequent 5 years.