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Why The New York Jets Need To Sign Kirk Cousins

The NFL world got set on fire Tuesday night with a rare trade that involved a high profile quarterback and another player and a pick. The Redskins continued their ineptitude by dealing for Alex Smith and giving him a four-year extension with $70 million guaranteed.

Kansas City shrewdly acquired a third round pick, which isn’t a huge deal for the Skins as they will receive a compensatory third rounder next year. But, the Chiefs got a 22-year-old stud cornerback to start across from Marcus Peters in Kendall Fuller. Fuller graded out as one of the top slot corners in the NFL in 2017, according to PFF.

After two years of limbo between franchise tags and one-year-deals, Kirk Cousins finally gets his freedom from the Redskins. Teams will line up with boatloads of cash for the services of the potential franchise quarterback. Along with the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are expected to enter the Kirk Cousins derby.

As a die-hard Jets fan, I’m so tired of not having a quarterback we can call “our guy,” but that may change come March. With potentially having nearly $100 million in cap space, general manager Mike Maccagnan needs to do whatever it takes to sign Kirk Cousins.

The 29-year-old would bring much needed stability to a position that hasn’t had a franchise guy at the helm in my lifetime. I just want to not have to worry about the position year in and year out. And by way of a Redskins mistake, that opportunity is right in front of us.

Cousins is at the Super Bowl and hopped on WFAN to talk about a potential union with the Jets. What cannot be understated is his relationship with now Jets offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates, whom Kirk came into contact back in 2012. Bates comes from the Mike Shannahan tree and developed an offense that closely mimics what Kirk enjoyed in Washington under Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan.

“I just think [Jeremy Bates] is a good football mind,” Cousins told WFAN on Tuesday. “He’s about ball and that’s what matters to him. Everybody I talked to who knows him loves him. I think it was a smart hire by the Jets and I wish him well in what he does.”

Cousins is entering his prime and isn’t just a stopgap for the situation. With three years of starting under his belt, he’s eclipsed the 4,000 yards mark and thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in each season. Kirk is a proven product that can handle the NY media. He currently holds a 24-24-1 record as a starter, but he really showed me a lot this past season, even though it only produced 7 wins.

I go back to a game I watched closely against the Saints in 2017, where the Skins really should’ve won, as they were up double digits in the fourth, but ended up losing in OT, 34-31. Kirk threw for 322 yards and 3 TDs with no picks.

The thing I was most impressed with this year was his ability without any true playmakers around. His offensive line was ravaged with injuries. He lost both starting running backs for the season and entered the year without his two top targets in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon returning from 2016. The injury-prone Jordan Reed never seemed to stay on the field and Terrelle Pryor was a total bust of a signing. Through all of this adversity, Cousins overcame it to post solid numbers once again (4,093 yards, 27 Pass TDs, 13 INTs).

He would easily break all of the currently pathetic New York Jet passing records with ease, as nobody has posted any kind of consistency for a 5-year period. Looking back, the last quarterback to truly bring stability was Ken O’Brien, who may be best known for being drafted over Dan Marino, from 1984-1992. O’Brien posted a 50-55-1 record in 106 starts (124 TD, 95 INT, 24,386 yards),

For the first time in my life we would not have to worry about the quarterback position, as we would know what we’re getting. I know he isn’t the top-5 elite QB some fans are looking for to win multiple Super Bowls, but with proper talent around him the Michigan St. product can crack the top-10 and showed he’s in the top-12 discussion, even with dire talent surrounding him. Bring your checkbooks out and get it done Gang Green, this is “our guy.”

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1 comment on “Why The New York Jets Need To Sign Kirk Cousins

  1. Pingback: Laying Out Every Option The New York Jets Need to Consider at Quarterback – Daily Mix Report

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