2018 NFL Free Agents: Latest Rumors, Predictions for Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Graham

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The time has finally come for Kirk Cousins and a Washington Redskins to make a decision.

For dual offseasons, play has surrounded a agreement prolongation for a quarterback, though now a dual sides contingency determine to a understanding or else he is strictly gone. As a result, rumors have already started to come out per Cousins and other large names of a 2018 NFL free-agent class. 

Given that a playoffs have not even started, it is distant too early to pull any decisive conclusions from these rumblings. Yet, a latest hum does set adult for an intriguing offseason. 


Another QB, Another Free-Agency Splash?

The final time a vital quarterback strike a free-agent market, a Denver Broncos won a Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Four seasons later, a group won Super Bowl 50.

Cousins is positively not a same caliber, though he can't play on authorization tags forever. If he does not lapse to Washington, he will be a many desired free-agent signal-caller given Manning in 2012. Once again a group with copiousness of peculiarity parts, though no quarterback, a Broncos could be creation large moves this offseason.

Per Denver7’s Troy Renck, a Broncos are formulation to pursue Cousins this offseason, presumption he becomes available.

Renck also added that a team’s employing of former Giants descent coordinator Mike Sullivan as quarterbacks manager could open a doorway to Eli Manning.

Kirk Cousins and Eli Manning.Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

The attribute between Cousins and a Redskins does not seem to be great. In July, group boss Bruce Allen expelled a statement observant that Cousins “prefers to play on a year-to-year basis,” as he incited down a long-term prolongation that enclosed $53 million guaranteed, a tip ever for a quarterback.

Head manager Jay Gruden also seemed to take a poke during Cousins following a season, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

“When you’re 7-9, we know it’s tough to say, ‘Wow, this man unequivocally was outstanding,'” Gruden said. “Kirk had his flashes where he was unequivocally good. From a unchanging standpoint, over a march of 16 games, we know we’re 7-9.”

Cousins has proven to be a good quarterback, though usually how good? He has thrown for during slightest 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his 3 full seasons as a starter, including a career-high 4,917 yards in 2016. However, he has never won some-more than 9 games and tossed 36 picks over that time.

With Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler, a Broncos limped to a 5-11 finish 2017. Cousins would still be an ascent and could make Denver a contender in a winnable AFC West—especially with a clever defense, a plain using diversion with C.J. Anderson and dual tip receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

At this point, a Broncos competence demeanour like a some-more intriguing choice than a Washington authorization that does not seem to support Cousins. If he does turn available, demeanour for Denver to be a favorite to waylay him up.


Seattle Losing Another Piece?

It appears a Seattle Seahawks’ championship window might have closed.

Between a countless sideline spats, Earl Thomas telling Jason Garrett to move him to a Dallas Cowboys and Pete Carroll saying it will be “hard” for Kam Chancellor or Cliff Avril to ever play football again, there are some vital changes about to occur in Seattle. Apparently, a offense is not excluded.

According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham is “undoubtedly excited” about attack giveaway group and doubtful to lapse to a Seahawks. 

Jimmy Graham.John Froschauer/Associated Press

This creates finish clarity from Graham’s standpoint: He led Seattle with 10 touchdowns final season, though he usually amassed a small 520 yards on 57 catches, ensuing in a career-worst 9.1 yards per reception. Although his 96 targets were a many during his three-year tenure with Seattle, a group could never figure out how to scrupulously use him. 

From 2011 to 2014, Graham was arguably a best parsimonious finish in football. He averaged a whopping 138 targets per season, twice eclipsed a 1,200-yard symbol and scored 16 touchdowns in 2013. At 31 years old, Graham is during a late stages of his prime, so he needs to pointer with a group that creates him one of a offense’s focal points.

After one-year experiments with maestro parsimonious ends Jared Cook and Martellus Bennett, a latter being a disaster, a Green Bay Packers could be a good fit for Graham. Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers have shown in a past they can engage a versatile pass-catching parsimonious finish with Jermichael Finley.

At a right price, Graham could give a Packers offense another arms it has been missing. With Graham occupying safeties and linebackers in a center of a field, Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson could flower in singular coverage.

Ted Thompson was notoriously bashful about signing big-name giveaway agents, though with him no longer the ubiquitous manager, a subsequent one could be some-more peaceful to go all-in. Graham would be a ideal fit.


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