Well, Adam Schefter sort of has an idea.
Kurt Cousins, who soon will be an unrestricted free agent, is the hottest name on the market — and for good reason. Starting NFL quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, let alone ones as talented as the 29-year-old longtime Washington Redskin.
And once Cousins officially puts Washington in the rearview, he’s expected to choose between these four NFL teams, according to Schefter:
The final four teams expected to be vying for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
So, let’s look the current quarterback situations for the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.
- Broncos: Trevor Siemian isn’t very good, neither is Paxton Lynch.
- Jets: Christian Hackenberg hasn’t impressed, neither has Bryce Petty.
- Cardinals: Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley. Enough said.
- Vikings: Is Chase Keenum the QB who looked great last season, or the one who looked terrible the previous five seasons? Is Teddy Bridgewater worth the injury risk?
The Schefter conclusion: Each of these teams should do whatever they can to bring Cousins into the fold. The Broncos and the Vikings, in particular, immediately would become Super Bowl contenders with Cousins on the roster.
While many are listing the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos as most likely, there might be a surprise team in the NFC that gets in on the Cousins sweepstakes.
While the Arizona Cardinals haven’t been as heavily featured in Cousins-related gossip as other NFL squads, the 29-year-old signal-caller apparently already has chatted with a team representative about making his way out west. Cousins shared an Instagram photo Friday with Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who he happened to run into at an airport. While Cousins left the caption fairly short and sweet, it certainly was noteworthy that he called Fitzgerald a “GREAT recruiter!”
It would make sense for Arizona to be interested in Cousins’ services. Carson Palmer called it a career at the conclusion of the 2017 season, leaving a glaring vacancy at the quarterback position. The Cardinals already have the weapons needed for a dynamic offense, so Cousins likely would be able to step in and make an immediate impact.
So, was Fitzgerald really that great of a recruiter? We’ll have to wait and see.