According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there’s talk in league circles that the Jets could be willing to offer QB Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed contract and the other suitors may have no choice but to follow suit.
Florio points out that the Ndamukong Suh got three years fully guaranteed as part of his record contract with the Dolphins, which means the real question is whether a team like the Jets will be willing to guarantee four years of an offer to Cousins.
Another possibility tossed out by Florio would be to tie Cousins’ guaranteed money to the salary cap after the second year of the contract.
There’s no question that a team will be able to get Cousins’ attention if they’re willing to guarantee most, if not all, of his contract in order to separate themselves from the other teams in the mix.
As of now, many have singled out the Broncos, Vikings, Browns and Jets as the four teams to watch for Cousins this offseason.
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.