Kirk Cousins has reportedly turned his four team list, into a two team list. The Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets are now the last two teams left standing after the 100% tampering free NFL combine in Indianapolis.
The Vikings obviously have a lot to offer Cousins. As an immediate winner coming off of an NFC Championship game appearance and featuring a stout, defense and proven playmakers at WR, a possible game changer at RB and a wunderkind at offensive coordinator, the Vikings are set up to be a successful team whether they sign Cousins or not. If winning truly is at the top of Kirk Cousins’ list, Minneapolis makes the most sense and it really isn’t very close.
However, if money is at the top of the Cousins needs for future employment, the Jets will have a boatload of it to give him. The question then becomes can they afford to fill out a very thin roster with the remaining cap space and stay competitive? Depending on the money and how the contract itself is structured, it is definitely possible for the Jets to become competitive…in three to four years. Even then, they may not be a Super Bowl caliber team but merely competitive. This is also assuming that the folks who got the Jets into their current situation would be able to fit puzzle pieces together around Cousins, which is by no means a guarantee for franchise that hasn’t been relevant since Rex Ryan was roaming the sidelines.
Will winning take priority over what could be the largest guaranteed number in NFL history for Kirk Cousins when free agency begins? We will find out in just a couple of weeks.