Kirk Cousins is reportedly down to Vikings, Jets, Cardinals, Broncos

Arnold Nichols
March 5, 2018

Also in the mix are the Broncos and Cardinals, per a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. But Cousins could also see a windfall of up to $150 million over five years with $95 million in guarantees. The Vikings, who came just one game short of the Super Bowl last season, are quickly being viewed as the best bet to land Cousins.

Cousins threw for 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns on 540 pass attempts in 2017. Some are saying that Cousins will want a short-term deal (3-years) with $90 million guaranteed. Both parties must wait until the free agency period opens on March 14th to officially sign the contract.

So while Cousins, Minnesota's Case Keenum and Cincinnati's AJ McCarron appear to be the Broncos' primary options, only Cousins likely means the Broncos are assured of bypassing the deep 2018 draft class in the search for a long-term quarterback.

While there are no further specifics on the details of a potential trade, Forbes does point out that the deal will hinge on where quarterback Kirk Cousins lands in free agency, which makes a lot of sense. As of 2015, when Cousins became a starter, Smith has had very similar stats, posting a completion rate of 66.7 percent for 11,030 yards, 61 touchdowns, 20 interceptions, a 97.2 QB rating and 31-15 record. The Jets were thinking of cutting 32-year-old Matt Forte before he announced his retirement during the combine.

They're not the first quarterbacks off the board, as USC's Sam Darnold tops the entire projection by going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns. His career record of 88-62-1 represents a winning percentage of over nine wins a year, which is something the Redskins would kill for, as Washington has exceeded nine wins just once in the past dozen seasons.

The New York Jets reportedly "fear" that quarterback Kirk Cousins will opt to sign with the NFC Champion Minnesota Vikings, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

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