UPDATE: That moved quickly. Adam Schefter now reports Kirk Cousins will sign with the Vikings on Thursday.
Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
It was widely reported that the Jets were in contention for the signature of Kirk Cousins, widely considered to be the best free agent available this off-season. Despite having a significant amount of cap space, it looks as though the Jets are set to miss out to the Vikings who came a stone’s throw away from reaching the Super Bowl last year:
The Jets can match any offer made to Cousins, but sometimes it’s more than just money that talks. The Vikings are in a better position to compete than New York, and for a soon to be 30 year old QB, that may be a vital component.
It’s important to note that no deal has been officially struck, and Cousins agent has said that no decision has been made, however it’s unlikely that Cousins leaves Minnesota without a deal on the table.
Kirk Cousins represented a rare commodity. A perceived top QB in his prime, hitting the open market. For a team that has been devoid of even above average QB play on a consistent basis, missing on Cousins will add to the building pressure on head coach Todd Bowls and GM Mike Maccagnan.
The Jets have been extremely quiet this off-season. There was supposed to be interest in Allen Robinson, but he reportedly signed with the Bears. There was supposed to be some interest in former Giants Weston Richburg, but he reportedly signed with the 49’ers. Lets hope the whole of free agency doesn’t bypass the Jets GM.