What's the best landing spot for Kirk Cousins? Let's weigh his options
After becoming the only quarterback in NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive years, Kirk Cousins received one final slap in the face from the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, when news broke that the team had acquired Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs. While specifics have yet to be revealed, Smith, who had one year left on his deal, was reportedly also extended by Washington for four years, signaling the official end of the Cousins-era in D.C.
Let's not feel too bad for the former Michigan State Spartan though. As an unrestricted free agent, he's set to become the highest-paid player in NFL history despite not reaching the playoffs in either of the last two seasons. But, like we saw with Case Keenum and now Nick Foles, Cousins could be the missing piece a team with a stout defense and some offensive weapons needs to get over the hump. If he can throw for 4,000+ yards and 25+ touchdowns like he has the last three years, it might just be worth the insane price.
So the question is, who's it going to be? More importantly, where does Kirk want to land? Let's have a little fun and weigh all of his options:
New York Jets
Denver Broncos v Washington Redskins
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins is sacked by outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at FedExField on December 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Arizona Cardinals
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball up field just before getting hit by Frostee Rucker #92 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. Cardinals won 31-23. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
NFL Washington Redskins vs Jacksonville Jaguars
LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 14:Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a nine yard pass in the first quarter during the game between the Washington Redskins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins v Cleveland Browns
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins yells to his team during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Redskins defeated the Browns 20-17. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)