With Super Bowl LII officially in the books, it’s now time to officially embark on the long NFL offseason ahead. ESPN has made some bold predictions, including Kirk Cousins signing with the New York Jets.
Now that fans of the New York Jets can be happy that the New England Patriots lost Super Bowl LII, we can now completely shift into the offseason. It’ll be a long one at that with the Jets most likely having a rollercoaster of a ride. With a lot of money to spend in free agency, all eyes are on what general manager Mike Maccagnan decides to do at quarterback.
The Jets can’t go into next season with their current quarterback situation as it’s expected they should have at least one, maybe even two new faces in the mix. Of course, looking at free agency, there is only one top name that if he hits the market, will more than likely land the biggest NFL contract ever for a quarterback.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Kirk Cousins, if he doesn’t get franchise tagged against by the Washington Redskins, will be the talk of free agency. Where he ends up is anyone’s guess but ESPN has boldly predicted where he’ll likely sign.
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In an article written by Dan Graziano of ESPN, he wrote his 10 predictions for the offseason and has the Jets making big moves in free agency. Here’s what he wrote about the kind of deal he envisions the Jets giving to Cousins in order to acquire his services:
It’s a six-year, $186 million contract with $100 million in guarantees, including $75 million fully guaranteed at signing. The Jets outbid the Browns, Jaguars and division-rival Bills for Cousins, who becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history after hitting the market following two seasons as Washington’s franchise player. He then leads the Jets to a 10-6 record and a wild-card playoff spot.
Ideally, this would be a great scenario for the Jets. Not only would they have a legit starting caliber that will be better than anyone they’ve had in years, but it also gives them an opportunity to use the No. 6 overall pick on another position of need. If the Jets were also able to bring back veteran quarterback Josh McCown as his backup, they would have something exciting to look forward to next season and well, for many years after that.
For a team that needs some stability at quarterback, it also wouldn’t hurt for the Jets to also considering using their No. 6 overall pick on a future franchise quarterback or even just trade the pick to acquire more picks to continue adding talent to the team. Either way, Cousins would fix an immediate need and bring a much-needed spark to a team that is really just a few pieces away from being contenders again.
Hopefully, Graziano’s bold prediction comes to fruition since it would make a plethora of Jets fans happy knowing they are getting a Pro Bowl quarterback ready to make some serious noise in the city that never sleeps. Especially one that has the talent to make the Jets a better team right from the start.