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Jets are reportedly worried about Cousins signing with Vikings

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LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on November 12, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on November 12, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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A new report has surfaced that the New York Jets are indeed worried about free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins taking his talents to the Minnesota Vikings.

Every offseason, especially right before the start of the free agency frenzy, expect to see a plethora of rumors and news pieces on where top free agents might be headed. Such is the case with the latest news on free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. The good news is, the New York Jets are in the hunt to acquire Cousins once he hits the market.

It appears that Cousins has narrowed down his choices between the Jets and Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are on two different sides of the spectrum but Cousins has been vocal about being patient and not rushing the process. Do the Jets even have a shot at landing Cousins considering the Vikings have a better overall team?

In the grand scheme of things, no one will ever know what he’s thinking or believes is the best new home for him. Expect Cousins to visit both teams, absorb everything they’ll be pitching him, and probably take a day or two to ultimately decide. For now, however, the Jets are reportedly worried that Cousins might be Vikings bound.

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In an article written by Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.com, he confirmed that the Jets are indeed worried about Cousins picking the Vikings over them and are preparing for their “Plan B” at quarterback this offseason. Here’s what Vacchiano reported:

According to a team source, they are aware of the league-wide speculation that Cousins is ticketed for Minnesota and they are taking that threat seriously after some informal, preliminary talks with his camp this week.

While the Jets have the salary cap money to give Cousins everything he’s looking for financially, they’re on the outside looking in. Think about it for a moment. Cousins has been adamant about wanting to play for a contender and finally win a Super Bowl championship. The Vikings made the NFL Playoffs last season and have a much better roster than the Jets do. In addition to that, the Vikings have stability in leadership and landing Cousins would instantly turn them into an even bigger contender.

The Jets? They realistically have at least another year or two before they’re ready to even contend for a Wild Card spot. They have a lot of key areas to address this offseason ranging from their offensive line, cornerback, defensive line, and the biggest need being the fact that they lack offensive playmakers.

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The Vikings are more appealing since they have better offensive talent, a scary defense, and are a win-now team. Will Cousins opt to go with a team that’s ready to contend now or sign with a team that he’ll need to do his part in rebuilding until they get things in order down the road? The football world will find out soon enough but for now, the Jets are realizing they might not land Cousins if these reports end up being reality.

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