NFL Notes: Kirk Cousins, Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks

Kirk Cousins

  • Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk points that the Redskins could not trade QB Kirk Cousins unless they used the franchise tag or transition tag, which would cost them $34 million and $28 million respectively.
  • Florio, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that these scenarios would provide “zero benefit” to Cousins and that the quarterback likely would not cooperate.
  • Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Jets will be “at the head of the line” in the possible bidding war for Cousins.
  • Vacchiano also lists the Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Vikings, Dolphins, and Bills as possible teams that could show interest in Cousins.
  • We have Cousins featured in our Top 100  – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.

Broncos

Veteran RB C.J. Anderson is the latest Broncos’ player to make the case for the team to sign Kirk Cousins in free agency.

“It would be huge having a guy like Kirk. Veteran guy, been through it. It would be huge to come to us, a veteran team,” Anderson said on NFL Network. “We know some pieces are going to change, but if we can keep some of the pieces on our offensive end — myself, Emmanuel, DT — our offense can be what we want it to be.”

  • While a report surfaced that the Broncos offered the Chiefs a second-round pick and CB Aqib Talib, Mike Klis says that this didn’t happen.
  • According to Klis, the Broncos did not shop Talib around and were not in the mix for QB Alex Smith.

Patriots

  • Patriots’ impending free-agent CB Malcolm Butler told reporters that he “without a doubt” wants to return to the team next season. (James Palmer)
  • Patriots RB Mike Gillislee said his injured knee is “definitely” feeling better, but was unclear if he will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl: “We’ll have to see on Sunday.” (Tom Pelissero)

Seahawks

  • Alex Marvez reports that the Seahawks have hired former Raiders DL coach Jethro Franklin as an assistant DL coach.
  • According to Marvez, the Seahawks have also hired Larry Izzo as their new assistant special teams coach.