Handicapping The Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes: What Are Jets' Odds?

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The Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes are destined to hog the headlines for the subsequent month. In spite of everything, what number of high-quality quarterbacks of their prime ever hit the open market?

The Jets could be silly to not make an aggressive play for the upcoming free-agent sign caller to unravel their most maddening drawback. Mike Maccagnan & Co., nevertheless, will not be the one suitors for Cousins, who’s about to money in in a large method.

“Is cash part of it? Positive. Is it the one factor? No,” Cousins advised Professional Soccer Discuss Reside on Tuesday. “It’s about profitable, and that is what I would like greater than something. So, I will be prepared to make sacrifices or do what must be accomplished to verify I am in the very best place to win. That is what the main target goes to be.”

This is a take a look at potential locations for Captain Kirk:

JETS

Gang Inexperienced obtained a present from the soccer gods Tuesday when Washington traded for Alex Smith. Maccagnan has a golden alternative to get a franchise quarterback now. The GM should go for it. The Jets are flush with cap house (round $100 million after a couple of predictable cuts) and a obtrusive want. Cousins could be an ideal plug-and-play sign caller in Jeremy Bates’ offense. The perfect half: Cousins, who will flip 30 this summer season, is not a stopgap. He has not less than a five-year window (in all probability nearer to seven years) of high quality play. The Jets can construct a sustainable winner with this man.

Projected cap house (through overthecap.com): $73 million

Odds they’re going to get him: Four-1

BRONCOS

John Elway can erase the recollections of lacking on Paxton Lynch by touchdown Cousins, however do the Broncos have the monetary ammo to make it occur? Denver has $27 million in out there wage cap house in the mean time, so Elway will doubtless need to tinker with the roster to make room for Cousins. The Broncos’ fame as a well-respected, steady franchise coupled with Elway’s presence certainly would enchantment to Cousins. Elway struck gold with Peyton Manning. Possibly he can do it once more with Cousins. Vance Joseph would certainly do cartwheels if he might improve his offense’s largest space of want.

Projected cap house: $27 million

Odds they’re going to get him: Three-1

BROWNS

New GM John Dorsey has loads of loot ($110 million in cap house), however would his staff be higher off choosing a quarterback with both the No. 1 or No. Four decide in upcoming draft? It is an attention-grabbing dilemma for a staff that reportedly made a play for Alex Smith earlier than the Chiefs traded him to Washington. Paying Cousins and drafting potential distinction makers at Nos. 1 and Four might jolt Cleveland. Then once more, drafting a franchise sign caller at a fraction of the worth is tempting. The opposite consideration: Does Cousins actually wish to play for the Manufacturing facility of Disappointment?

Projected cap house: $110 million

Odds they’re going to get him: Three-1

BILLS

Sean McDermott tried every thing in his energy to kick Tyrod Taylor to the curb earlier than Nathan Peterman gave him no alternative however to return to the veteran. It is in all probability secure to imagine that new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would like to get his fingers on Cousins.

Projected cap house: $29 million

Odds they’re going to get him: 10-1

CARDINALS

New head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy are in all probability salivating on the prospect of beginning off with Cousins, however they do not seem to have the loot in the mean time (below $10 million in cap house). Nevertheless, if you need a quarterback — or any participant — badly sufficient, you possibly can work out methods to search out the cash and unlock house.

Projected cap house: $9 million

Odds they’re going to get him: 12-1

JAGUARS

There are rumblings that Jacksonville will convey again Blake Bortles on his $19 million fifth-year possibility, however would not they be higher off with Cousins? In a vacuum, in fact they might. Think about Cousins with that stellar protection. My goodness, the Jags would have a juggernaut for years to return. Alas, Jacksonville has much less cap house than Denver or Buffalo (below $20 million). They may unlock extra money, however are they able to interrupt the financial institution?

Projected cap house: $17 million

Odds they’re going to get him: 15-1

VIKINGS

Would not it’s attention-grabbing if Minnesota eschewed Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford and made a run at Cousins? It looks like a long-shot, however, hey, stranger issues have occurred.

Projected cap house: $54 million

Odds they’re going to get him: 15-1

 
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