It’s been quite some time since the New York Jets have had a franchise quarterback. Kirk Cousins is probably the best option for that role.
Ever since Chad Pennington, the New York Jets haven’t had a steady option at the quarterback position. It seemed like they would have that in either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith, but they both fell short. The team has had some good seasons since Pennington’s departure in 2010, but since they never had a solid future at the most important position on the offense, they were never able to capitalize on that success.
Kirk Cousins hits the free agent market this offseason, and if the Jets are wise, then they would do whatever it takes to get him on the team. While there may be some talented quarterbacks coming into the draft this season, none of them have the most important quality. Experience.
Cousins, however, definitely has that quality. In his six years with the Washington Redskins, Cousins has not only gained playoff experience (2012 and 2015), but he’s also put up some great numbers (99 touchdowns, 16,206 yards, and a 65.5 completion percentage). Because of those stats, Cousins has also gone to the Pro Bowl twice in those six years.
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Some may make the case that Cousins is too old, and they should draft somebody who will have a longer prime. Here’s the deal, Cousins is only 29 and seeing as most quality quarterbacks don’t really end their prime until their mid-30s, he likely still has five-to-seven years left in the tank.
Cousins would still be able to be the team’s franchise player for at least half a decade. Another upside in signing Cousins is that they could use the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft to build around him.
Instead of taking a quarterback, they could draft a top running back in the first round. Saquon Barkley is showing tons of interest in the Jets, and if they signed Cousins, then they may be able to get him. The bottom line is that Cousins has way more upside than any quarterback in this year’s draft. He’s smart, talented, experienced and easy to build around. Signing him would be a great option for this year, as well as many more.