Jets to Target Bridgewater if Cousins Likes Vikes

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

The biggest question with Kirk Cousins lays with how much it would cost to sign him to a long-term deal, and whether those dollars would leave the Vikings unable to sign other talent they desperately need. Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Kansas City Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher, Oakland Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez and Los Angeles Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams break down how the AFC West will look with a new starting quarterback in it.

Every day the social media rumor mill churns out new stories, many of them focused on free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. Cousins' deal set a new benchmark for players.

As for the Broncos, they had a quarterback carousel in 2017.

Five of the top seven passers in the franchise's history, including Elway at No. 1, have arrived either by trade or by free agency.

It's a good choice, as Cousins was the top quarterback on the free agent market outside Drew Brees. But if the Broncos stay healthy on defense and Keenum is who they hope he can be, they can compete for the division title.

That would be of enormous significance to the future of free agency, and at least two teams are reportedly willing to take the plunge.

Keenum is headed to the Denver Broncos. The quarterback led the Redskins to the postseason in the 2015 season, but he has no career playoff wins. Meanwhile, Cousins has established himself as a viable starter in the league. Cousins responded by again breaking the franchise record with 4,917 passing yards to go along with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a Pro Bowl berth. While they could draft a quarterback at the No. 15 overall pick in the draft, they might want to get a veteran starter and draft a project-type quarterback they could develop in the second or third round.

Should Cousins sign with the Vikings, he will join a Super Bowl contender coming off a superb season and boasting a number of risky weapons on offense. Now, are the Broncos or any other team out of the mix because Cousins didn't mention them?

Outside of the Vikings, there are quite a few teams that could use a player like Williams. Not only is he going to be a cheap option, but he would fit perfectly into the defensive scheme with his ability to both shut receivers down and make plays on the football.

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