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The harsh reality of the Jets losing out on Kirk Cousins

By Luis Tirado Jr.
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants at FedExField on November 23, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants at FedExField on November 23, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have missed out on free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins as he’s reportedly going to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a harsh reality that the Jets are a team on the outside looking in.

In an article written by Brad Berreman of FanSided, he confirmed via sources that free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is planning to sign a monster contract with the Minnesota Vikings once free agency hits this week. One that will pay him a guaranteed $86 million so he can take his talents to the North Star state. It’s hard to admit but once this breaking news hit the football world, fans of the New York Jets probably realized that their favorite NFL team didn’t really have a chance to land a top free agent quarterback, to begin with.

When it comes down to it, the Jets are a team on the outside looking in. They’re coming off back-to-back seasons in which they finished 5-11. Every year, they always have players in the headlines for all the wrong reasons whether it’s arrests, vulgar Snapchat videos, suspensions, or just those that don’t care enough to show up on time for mandatory team meetings.

Cousins is an extremely intelligent player and knows a good situation when he sees it. Yes, the Jets would have also offered a guaranteed monster contract but they’re far from a playoff-caliber team. They still need offensive linemen, more weapons on offense, and their defense, besides their secondary, still needs a lot of work.

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The Vikings? They’re a team that’s built to win now that have a solid roster from top to bottom, great coaches, and are coming off a season in which they not only made the NFL Playoffs but got all the way to the NFC Championship Game.

Realistically, the Jets are another two, maybe even three years away from putting everything together where they should be ready to be a playoff contender. The truth of the matter is, Cousins knows that at his age of 30-years-old once the season starts, he wants to be put in a situation where he can go all the way and finally add a Super Bowl championship to his career before he starts to decline.

The Jets? They aren’t there yet and won’t be for a few more years. Jets fans undoubtedly were hoping that Cousins would see the light at the end of the tunnel that yes, the team is on the right path towards rebuilding for a brighter future but time is of the essence when it comes to winning it all. The Vikings are there, and the Jets aren’t at this point in time.

Reality sucks.

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