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
Could become the hero under center that Jets fans have longed for since
they proclaimed Mark Sanchez the next Joe NamathJoe 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 SanchezJoe Namath
Have to play New England twice a year
Top receiver currently in world of trouble
New York sports media
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?
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
One of - if not the - best defenses in the league
AFC Championship experience
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