ESPN has confirmed through sources that the New York Jets are willing to pay whatever it takes to acquire quarterback Kirk Cousins if he hits the free agency market.
The New York Jets aren’t playing any games this offseason. Coming off a consecutive 5-11 season, they know they have a lot of areas to address on their roster but none are as important as the quarterback position. For what seems like forever now, they’ve had to endure inconsistent play to the point where they haven’t had any luck whatsoever in having a stable franchise quarterback in place to build upon.
Hopefully, all that will change this offseason. The Jets have a lot of money to work with when it comes to their salary cap situation and the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They have a young team with an agenda of rebuilding entirely through youth, working hard, and working for each other.
The Jets will undoubtedly be contenders down the road but the question is, what are they willing to do in order to convince potential free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to play for the city that never sleeps?
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Rich Cimini of ESPN has confirmed that the Jets not only want Cousins like there is no tomorrow but are willing to pay whatever it takes to sign him. Of course, all of that could change faster than a New York minute if the Washington Redskins decide to franchise tag him with teams only being able to make a trade to acquire his services.
Ideally, general manager Mike Maccagnan will have to work his magic and hope that if Cousins hits free agency, he breaks down the game plan that sees the Jets being contenders over the next few years. No matter what moves they make this offseason or what their draft class ends up being, there is still a lot of development that needs to happen.
Patience is key in rebuilding the right way with reality saying the Jets probably won’t be contenders again until 2019 or 2020 when everything comes together. Will Cousins be willing to wait it out a few more years as the Jets work through all their issues? Your guess is as good as mine but at the end of the day, if Cousins wants to get handsomely paid this offseason, the Jets are willing to open up their checkbook in order to make it happen.