Kirk Cousins is on high demand in the free agent market this month. After the Redskins acquired Alex Smith from the Chiefs, Cousins knew his time in Washington was up despite the solid numbers he’s been posting over the past few seasons.
The final four teams expected to be vying for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2018
According to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, the final four teams expected to make a run at Cousins are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets, and Vikings.
The Vikings situation is interesting due to their QB situation with having Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater, who is still recovering from a leg injury. Keenum had a breakout year coming in from backing up Bradford. He led Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game. Keenum’s success will lead to a bigger pay day elsewhere so this could open up the door for Cousins to come to Minnesota. Bradford doesn’t seem like the long term answer and Bridgewater’s health is still in question.
The Jets’ QB situation has been awful for years so Cousins coming would add major improvements considering that they are in the same division as the Patriots. Cousins would also have a deep ball threat in Wide Receiver Robby Anderson.
Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler have both been disasters in Denver at QB and have not been the solution for John Elway. Elway thought Osweiler would be a success after his surprising 2015 campaign and with returning to the Broncos last season but has been ineffective. Cousins could be the missing piece in Denver at another playoff run as they already have an elite defense.
Larry Fitzgerald has not had a great QB in Arizona since Kurt Warner. QB Carson Palmer has been decent and took them to the NFC Championship game two years ago but is on the decline. Cousins and Fitzgerald playing together could be the answer for the Cardinals at another deep playoff run. The Seahawks don’t look like the same dominant team in the NFC West in that of year’s past and Arizona’s concern would only be for the rising Los Angeles Rams.