Jets Believe Kirk Cousins Will Sign With Vikings

Schefter says the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings are the final four teams that are expected to be in contention for the quarterback. This year though the Redskins traded for veteran Alex Smith, who is set to be the next starter in Washington, meaning Cousins will be playing elsewhere in 2018. "I'll have to talk to him and see where he's at mentally".

The Kirk Cousins sweepstakes is already sizzling, even though technically teams can not talk about a contract at this time.

"There's a lot of situations that work out where your Plan A is never the plan that works out and Plan B or C works out even better", Bowles said.

Cousins, who soon will be an unrestricted free agent, is the hottest name on the market - and for good reason. We could see almost four quarterbacks drafted in the top 10 this year, but to whom? However, they fear that there is little they can do to dissuade Cousins from joining the Minnesota Vikings when the time does come.

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network has made a strong case that the Vikings could be a favorite to add Cousins based on their strong defense and their cap space.

Those teams are privately planning ways to attract Cousins, with most teams eyeing a short-term deal (three years at most) with high guaranteed money, per Schefter. Now, after dropping in the standings each of the past two seasons, Washington is faced with a crucial offseason, where they must find the missing pieces to build a winning team, or spend another year mired in mediocrity.

Teams that also were considered in the hunt for Cousins included the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

The Cardinals don't have a quarterback under contract for 2018 and don't have much cap room (approximately $23 million). With that in mind, Denver could save some money by signing Keenum to a more reasonable contract that it'll take to land Cousins.

  • Steve Townsend