A league source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the “early sense” regarding QB Kirk Cousins is that only two teams have shown serious interest in him up to this point: The Jets and Vikings.
Florio says that other teams may have made a phone call and/or placed a ballpark figure on the table of what they’re willing to pay for him. However, the thinking right now is that the Jets and Vikings are the only “truly serious” candidates for Cousins.
The Broncos and Cardinals have also been linked to Cousins for some time now, but it’s hard to say where things really stand with either team right now.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported earlier that “at least” two teams are prepared to offer Cousins a three-year, fully guaranteed contract if that’s what it takes to sign him. Rapoport added that there’s “at least” one other team who will do a similar contract that’s nearly fully guaranteed and would make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
Cousins, 29, is a former fourth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus when Washington elected to use the franchise tag on Cousins that paid him $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
The Redskins franchised him for the second year in a row this last year and he made $23.94 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Cousins has appeared in all 16 games and thrown for 4,093 yards while completing 64.3percent of his passes to go along with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 quarterback out of 40 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.