Kirk Cousins in a Jets uniform is not a bad look (Zach Links/Pro Football Rumors)
Alex Smith is heading to the Washington Redskins. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade Smith to the Redskins in exchange for CB Kendall Fuller and a Third Round pick.
“ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen also reported that Smith would sign a four-year extension with the Redskins, averaging $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money.”
Future Redskins QB Alex Smith is getting paid. And soon to be former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be soon getting paid too. Probably even more than Smith.
Cousins has played well very well for the Redskins in his three years as the starter, throwing for at least 4,000 yards and 25 Touchdowns each year. Cousins has played under the Franchise Tag the past two seasons, and he is long overdue for a long term deal. The Redskins were reluctant to pay Cousins for some reason, and now they have obviously decided to part ways with him.
There will be a bidding war in Free Agency to sign Cousins. He is just turning 30 years old this summer, and is entering the prime of his career. Cousins will have plenty of suitors to sign him, and I think the team that will win the bidding war will be the New York Jets. There’s many aspects to why this will happen:
According to overthecap.com, the Jets will have around $72 million in cap space heading into the 2018 campaign. This would be the 4th highest amount in the entire NFL. The Jets have enough money to sign Cousins to an enormous deal, and can easily make him the highest paid QB in the NFL if they please. The Jets have the money to get Cousins attention. Money Talks.
Kirk Cousins would be a great fit with presumptive offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. Bates has a lot of elements in his scheme that are similar to his mentor Mike Shanahan’s schemes. NY Daily News also reminded us that “Cousins’ and Bates’ paths crossed during the signal caller’s pre-draft visit to Chicago when Bates was the quarterbacks coach in 2012” (Mehta). There is a connection between Bates and Cousins’ already, and this will be a great addition to the big money that should be offered to him by the Jets.
Shanahan most likely has a sweet spot in Cousin’s heart. Shanahan discovered Cousins and took a chance on him in the Fourth Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Cousins would surely be intrigued with the idea of playing for someone with ideas similar to Shanahan’s.
Cousins approves the addition of Jeremy Bates to the Jets staff. He made this clear when he talked with WFAN on radio row in Minnesota on Tuesday. Cousins made a series of positive comments of Bates:
“I just think he’s a good football mind [ . . . ] He’s about ball and that’s what matters to him. Everybody I talked to who knows him loves him. I think it was a smart hire by the Jets and I wish him well in what he does.”
Prediction: Kirk Cousins signs a 5 year/$142 million deal with the Jets with $90 million in guaranteed money.
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Sources: overthecap.com, espn.com, nydailynews.com, profootballrumors.com