As the New York Jets will more than likely be in the quarterback market in 2018, many are believing quarterback Kirk Cousins will hit free agency. Here’s a case against the Jets acquiring him.
Whether you’ve been a fan of the New York Jets for decades or even the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the biggest glaring need of the franchise. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, it all comes back to the quarterback. For a very long time now, the Jets haven’t had a definitive and established franchise quarterback that has been firmly in place for at least a decade or so.
Now, all the recent moves the Jets have made this past offseason were mostly made to not only usher in a youth movement but also free up a lot of salary cap space for 2018. It’s expected the Jets, as per Over The Cap, could potentially have well over $80 million dollars to play with the extra salary cap money they have from this year added into next offseason.
It’s expected that quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins will hit free agency next year and well, will be looking for top dollar for any team interested in acquiring him for his services.
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Cousins is entering some of the prime years of his NFL career and is a proven leader on offense. He scores a plethora of touchdowns, is accurate, and is easily a quarterback that’s worth building around for years to come.
For the Jets, however, it would be best they stay away from Cousins and use all their salary cap money on addressing other key areas on the team. If the Jets want to truly land a franchise quarterback, the best and most proven course of action is to keep draft quarterbacks until you find one that has potential to be “the guy” under center for years to come.
The Jets also have no idea if either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg could end up being players worth keeping around to see if they have potential to be their franchise quarterback of the future. The truth of the matter is, Petty has a small sample size and is still relatively unknown and Hackenberg has yet to take a snap in a regular season game.
Bringing in Cousins would be a dire mistake since the Jets still don’t have all the right pieces on their offensive line and at wide receiver to immediately turn them into contenders. They’re still a few pieces away from everything coming together but again, it’s best they save that money and address multiple positions at a time in free agency and in the 2018 NFL Draft rather than put all their eggs in Cousin’s basket.
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The Jets should continue building their team through the draft and to be honest, would be wise to address their offensive line before anything else when it comes to next offseason. Plus for all we know, Petty or Hackenberg could be the answer the Jets need and Cousins wouldn’t even be a thought next season. It will take time and patience but at the end of the day, blowing all that money on one player without the pieces around him for major success is a huge mistake that would take years to overcome.