Cousins on the move?

Kirk Cousins has been the starter in Washington for the last three years, but has been there since being drafted in 2012. Cousins began his career being drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round at pick 102. He was the backup behind the former second overall pick of the 2012 draft, Robert Griffin III. After jumping around quarterbacks, the Redskins moved ahead with Cousins for the 2015 season.

Since then, Cousins has started every regular season game tossing for a total of 13,176 yards in the span of three seasons. On top of that, he tallied 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. His stats show that he is a strong starting quarterback, and with the Redskins acquiring veteran Alex Smith, Cousins is sure to be on the move. There are four places that have been the talk of the league: Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, and the always-in-need-of-a-quarterback Cleveland Browns. Each of these four teams show desire in wanting a real starting quarterback. However, there are three here in which I see Cousins finding a new home.

First things first, sorry Cleveland. I don’t think Cousins is the right direction. The Browns have the number one and four picks of the first round. There is plenty of quarterback talent in the draft, and they shouldn’t try throwing money at him. Besides I believe he will be looking for a team that will both pay, and be able to compete.

At number three is the New York Jets. After unloading their roster of a lot of veteran stars, everyone thought that they were doomed. The Jets finished the season at 5-11, which placed them right at the bottom of the AFC East Division. Though the average fan needs to give the Jets some credit; they didn’t lose these games from a lack of trying. They managed to beat teams that made the playoffs, and had some near losses by only a few points. This team is young and still developing. What better way to boost that development than with a quarterback who can hold their own? Why not place Cousins here to work with this young offense? This scenario has potential, but I don’t see this happening.

Playing second fiddle is the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona finished the season at a much more competitive record of 8-8, just hitting that .500 mark. The Cardinals also are in search of a quarterback due to the recently retired Carson Palmer. The Arizona defense was hitting all cylinders finishing 6th for defense statistics (6th in rushing and 14th in passing totals). Plus no one can forget about the touchdown machine, David Johnson. The man is a huge boost to the Arizona offense. Although he didn’t collect many yards this season, suffering a wrist injury early this year. David and the defense could be a reason why Cousins could dawn a different style red jersey next season.

Sitting at the top of the pile is the Denver Broncos. The Broncos also finished at 5-11, but the difference between them and the Jets is that dominating defense. Even though Denver struggled to find a quarterback,they finished within the top five statistically. Denver’s running back CJ Anderson may not have had the most electrifying season ever, hitting just over 1,000 rushing yards (1,007). However, he can improve. If they were to get Cousins future opponents would need to adjust to a quarterback who can hold their own, making way for CJ to strive.

Overall Cousins’ decision will come down to money and competitiveness. This then leaves the Broncos and Cardinals to duke it out for him. Who can shell out the most money for him? Will he take the star defense in Denver? What about working with David Johnson? Also that Arizona defense isn’t too shabby. We’ll just have to keep an eye on the NFL offseason happenings.

Though the average fan needs to give the Jets some credit, they didn’t lose these games from a lack of trying. They managed to beat teams that made the playoffs, and had some near losses by only a few points. This team is young and still developing. What better way to boost that development than with a quarterback who can hold their own? Why not place Cousins here to work with this young offense? This scenario has potential, but I don’t see it happening.

Playing second fiddle is the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona finished the season at a much more competitive record of 8-8, just hitting that .500 mark. The Cardinals also are in search of a quarterback due to the recently retired Carson Palmer. The Arizona defense was hitting all cylinders finishing sixth for defense statistics (sixth in rushing and 14th in passing totals). Plus, no one can forget about the touchdown machine, David Johnson. The man is a huge boost to the Arizona offense. Although, he didn’t collect many yards this season due to suffering a wrist injury early this year. David and the defense could be a reason why Cousins could dawn a different style red jersey next season.

Sitting at the top of the pile is the Denver Broncos. The Broncos also finished at 5-11, but the difference between them and the Jets is that dominating defense. Even though Denver struggled to find a quarterback, they finished within the top five statistically. Denver’s running back CJ Anderson may not have had the most electrifying season ever, hitting just over 1,000 rushing yards (1,007). However, he can improve. If they were to get Cousins future opponents would need to adjust to a quarterback who can hold their own, making way for CJ to strive.

Overall Cousins’ decision will come down to money and competitiveness. We’ll just have to keep an eye on the NFL offseason happenings.

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