NFL giveaway agency: Why Jets should aim Redskins’ Kirk Cousins | NJ …

Mike Maccagnan made a right pierce final year. It’s one of his few home runs strike as Jets‘ ubiquitous manager.

Ex-Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon was a prohibited name on a free-agent market, and a Jets were meddlesome during their price. They followed Glennon, though when a Bears put a three-year, $45 million understanding on a table, Maccagnan walked away.

He favourite Glennon, though not during that price. There was usually too many risk. And Maccagnan was right. The Bears benched Glennon after usually 4 games.

A year later, a Jets are still in need of a quarterback, and once again there could be a big-name aim on a open market.

Only this time zero should stop a Jets from doing all they can to get Kirk Cousins.

No one thinks Cousins is Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck or even Eli Manning. The Washington quarterback isn’t though flaws. But he’s still comparatively immature (29 years old), positively an above-average passer, a intrepid personality and durable. You can build a group around him.

Cousins has started each diversion for Washington from 2015 by 2017. He’s finished 67 percent of his passes, and thrown for 13,176 yards with 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions during that time. His accumulative quarterback rating is 97.5.

In 2016, a year that finished with Pro Bowl honors, Cousins finished 67 percent of his passes, and threw for 4,816 yards with 25 touchdowns and usually 12 interceptions.

Some will demeanour during Cousins’ 24-23-1 record given holding over as a starter, controversial opening opposite a Packers in a 2015 wild-card playoffs, and playoff-eliminating detriment to the Giants in 2016, and write him off. That’s usually silly.

Quarterbacks like Cousins don’t grow on trees. Quarterbacks that accomplish what he has, with a diseased ancillary expel and in a dysfunctional organization, come around even less.

Cousins might never be Carson Wentz. But we can win, and win an awful lot, with him underneath center.

The Jets certainly won’t be a usually group to see it this way. If and when Cousins hits a open market, he’ll have his choice of suitors. Quarterback-needy teams like a Broncos, Cardinals, Bills, Browns and others could all make a run. If a Jets wish Cousins, Maccagnan will need to open his green-and-white wallet. Lucky for him, it’s superfluous with cash.

The Jets (after a approaching cuts of Muhammad Wilkerson, Matt Forte, Ben Ijalana and Buster Skrine) will enter giveaway group with over $100 million in income cap space. That figure would be a third many in a league, and some-more than adequate to get something done.

The Jets could give Cousins a agreement with a $30 million top strike (not one actor in the NFL has a figure that high) and still have $70 million to spend — some-more than usually 3 teams in a league. 

That’s copiousness to not usually keep their possess in-house giveaway agents, though also aim others on a open market. The Jets have a top shake room to supplement Cousins, along with a premier pass rusher (Lions’ Ezekiel Ansah, Cowboys’ Demarcus Lawrence) and cornerback (Rams’ Trumaine Johnson).

And afterwards still have a breeze to turn out a roster.

The Jets traded defensive finish Sheldon Richardson to a Seahawks before a deteriorate for a second-round pick. The strange faith was that collect could be used to trade adult in a breeze to take USC’s Sam Darnold, or UCLA’s Josh Rosen.

But it seems rarely doubtful those dual will be there for a Jets. The Browns and Giants reason a No. 1 and No. 2 picks in a draft, need quarterbacks, and have their eyes on a California passers. The Jets, if they inaugurated to breeze a quarterback, would be left with a satisfaction esteem of Josh Allen (Wyoming), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) or Lamar Jackson (Louisville).

And even that’s no guarantee. The quarterback-needy Broncos collect fifth, and a Jets sixth. Maccagnan would need to trade up, not for Darnold or Rosen, though usually to safeguard he gets a next-best option. And who’s to contend any of these quarterbacks vessel out? For each Jared Goff, there are dual or 3 Joey Harringtons.

Is Maccagnan able of anticipating a QB?

But if a Jets sealed Cousins, they’d have their guy. Someone they know can play. They could afterwards use a No. 6 collect on someone like LSU linebacker Arden Key, Penn State using behind Saquon Barkley, or Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.

They’d afterwards have dual second-round picks to supplement a receiver, descent line assistance or whatever they didn’t residence in a initial round. They’ve got a collect in a third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, too.

Let yourself imagine, usually for a second, what that 2018 Jets register could demeanour like. There’s no reason this group can’t be subsequent year’s Jaguars or Bills, and snap a playoff drought. 

There is a outward possibility a Redskins re-sign Cousins or authorization tab him (for a third time). Even if Cousins hits a open market, who’s to contend he wants to play for a Jets? He could take his talents somewhere some-more stable, a smaller marketplace with reduction pressure. 

But if he’s there … Maccagnan shouldn’t demur in giving Cousins whatever understanding he wants. 

Cousins isn’t Mike Glennon. 


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