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What's the best landing spot for Kirk Cousins? Let's weigh his options

January 31, 2018
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Patrick McDermottLANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on November 12, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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

Al Pereira


  • Could become the hero under center that Jets fans have longed for since they proclaimed Mark Sanchez the next Joe Namath Joe Namath

  • A young, hungry team that showed flashes of life in 2017 and is ready to win now if they get an actual QB

  • Coach and general manager signed through 2020

  • Plenty of salary cap space for potential free agents

  • Absolutely zero quarterback competition in camp


  • Fans will run you out of town after first pick-six, likely will be subjected to chants of "TEBOW, TEBOW"

  • Trying to live up to back-to-back AFC Championship runner-up Mark Sanchez Joe Namath

  • Have to play New England twice a year

  • Top receiver currently in world of trouble

  • New York sports media

Denver Broncos

Patrick McDermott


  • Get to join an organization run by one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL (and franchise) history

  • Talented defense led by Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller, who has already endorsed Cousins

  • Don't have to be sacked by Von Miller for the foreseeable future

  • Top two receivers signed until 2019, still in their primes

  • AFC West is wide open


  • Legalized weed, which Cousins definitely refers to as "the Devil's lettuce"

  • It doesn't get talked about enough, but the high altitude is something you have to adjust to in Denver. Not sure anyone knew that

  • Constantly in John Elway and Peyton Manning's shadow

  • Did I mention the altitude?

Arizona Cardinals

Norm Hall


  • Indoor stadium. Let it spin Kirk!

  • New coach that wants a QB now and wants to win now

  • Healthy David Johnson returns in 2018

  • Larry Fitzgerald is under contract, and could potentially come back for one more season

  • One of the league's top-10 defenses in 2017

  • Seattle Seahawks on the decline


  • Larry Fitzgerald might not come back ... and the WR core would take a major hit

  • L.A. Rams, San Francisco 49ers on the rise

  • No Bruce Arians, who loved to have his QBs sling the rock. Steve Wilks could turn out to be a great coach, but judging by his resume, is a defensive-minded guy

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Washington Post


  • One of - if not the - best defenses in the league

  • AFC Championship experience

  • Leonard Fournette

  • Head coach on the rise

  • Likely division favorites in 2018

  • Just have to be better than Blake Bortles


  • Living in Florida

  • If things go bad, you're headed to London

  • Face J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney twice a year

  • Have to be better than Blake Bortles, who is the GOAT

  • Still the Jaguars

Cleveland Browns

Jason Miller


  • N/A


  • Everything

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