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07 March 2018

Where Will Kirk go to Work?

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Where Will Kirk go to Work?

After Kirk Cousins was stuck in Washington as the victim of the dreaded franchise tag, Kirk Cousins finally has become a free agent. As a top free agent, there are several teams interested, but I will narrow down the top 5 possibilities from least likely at #5 to the most likely at #1.

#5 Cleveland Browns

Yes I know what you might be thinking, the Browns? No one wants to play for the 0-16 Browns. But they do have over $100 million in cap space which will lead to a big payday for Cousins.  They also have the #1 and #4 draft picks in the first round of the draft, as well as 1st in all subsequent rounds, which will could lead to a lot of great young talent coming in. This will also allow the Browns to not have to worry about picking a QB with either of the 1 or 4 picks and can either use those picks for players in other positions or trade them away for other talent. Hopefully this doesn’t happen as it would decrease the chances of the Giants getting RB Saquon Barkley with the 2nd pick so my Giants bias hopes that Kirk signs elsewhere.

#4 Arizona Cardinals

With Carson Palmer’s retirement and both Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton hitting free agency, the Cardinals are in desperate need for a QB. With top RB David Johnson, veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald, and many other talented pieces, the addition of Cousins would almost guarantee a playoff spot and be a legit championship contender. Plus the warm weather in Arizona is a lot nicer than any of the other 4 destinations on this list.

#3 New York Jets

The Big Apple is always an attractive option for talent because of the other business opportunities involved with being in New York. The team is not as bad as I make them sound when I make fun of them on Real Fans Real Talk. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse are good receivers and they have other talented pieces. The addition of Cousins might make them a playoff team, but they are in a very tough division with the Patriots pretty much being a lock to win the division every year. Also last year the Bills took 1 of 2 wild card spots so as a Jet, you’re best bet is to hope for a wild card spot. Also we all know that the real NY team is the Giants, so he’d just be playing for the bootleg NY team.

#2 Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings made the NFC championship with their 3rd string QB Case Keenum. All 3 Qb’s (Keenum, Bridgewater, and Bradford) are free agents, and although it’s possible that  the Vikings sign one of their 3 QB’s to come back, Cousins is an upgrade from all 3. With a great receiving core featuring Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs, TE Kyle Rudolph, and a top ranked defense, Cousins can put the Vikings over the top and be a favorite to win the Super Bowl next year.

#1 Denver Broncos

If the Broncos add Cousins, they will be back to being a Super Bowl contender. They have a top 3 defense, a good receiving core, the #5 overall pick in the draft, and one of the best home field advantages in all of football (altitude advantage that other teams are not used to playing in). Although I think he’s more likely to win if he goes to the Vikings, I think the Vikings will still be a contender by signing one of their 3 existing QB’s for less money. Plus they know the Vikings system already. Although many teams will get an upgrade signing Cousins, he would make the biggest impact on the Broncos.

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