The Jets will search for their franchise quarterback this offseason, and New York is “willing to pay whatever it takes” to land free agent signal-caller Kirk Cousins, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
Gang Green is just the latest team to reportedly express interest in Cousins, as the Broncos are “all in” on the 29-year-old passer. Quarterbacks of Cousins’ ilk rarely hit the free agent market, and given the number of teams searching for signal-callers (the Browns, Cardinals, and Vikings could all make plays for Cousins), the ex-Redskin figures to reset the quarterback market by topping Jimmy Garoppolo‘s $27.5MM annual salary.
The Jets and general manager Mike Maccagnan have the financial wherewithal to make a serious push for Cousins, as the club is currently projected to have more than $70MM available in 2018 cap space. As such, New York should be able to offer Cousins a hefty 2018 payout that other teams may not be able to match. Per Cimini, the Jets will also attempt to sell Cousins on their “championship vision” and stress scheme familiarity, as new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates enjoys a relationship with Cousins.
If the Jets aren’t able to land Cousins, they’ll have to explore other options including veteran Josh McCown, who is open to returning to New York for the 2018 campaign. If the Jets do re-sign McCown, they’ll likely need to select another quarterback early in the draft, per Cimini.
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