REPORT: New York Jets Fear Kirk Cousins is Already Committed To Signing With Minnesota
Once the Washington Redskins made their decision to move on from Kirk Cousins by trading for Alex Smith and signing him to a long-term deal, there were an assortment of teams that wanted captain Kirk on their roster.
The New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings were some of the first to make their plans known that they would be going after Cousins immediately. The Jets could make a better financial offer than any team in the league, but the franchise has had just one winning season in the past seven years. And now there’s a strong indication that the team will have to move onto plan B at the quarterback position.
“Despite their willingness to throw a truckload of money and a heavily front-loaded contract at Cousins in an attempt to lure the free agent franchise quarterback to New York, the Jets are worried he might already be destined to sign with the Vikings instead. According to a team source, they are aware of the league-wide speculation that Cousins is ticketed for Minnesota and they are taking that threat seriously after some informal, preliminary talks with his camp this week.
Of course, they won’t know officially which way Cousins is leaning until they can formally begin talks on March 12. But the source said they are worried enough that they’re taking seriously the “Plans B and C and, if possible, D” that Jets coach Todd Bowles spoke about on Wednesday. They believe they can outbid the Vikings and offer a better contract structure, the source said, but they still think Cousins might go to Minnesota for what he’ll believe is a better chance to immediately win.”
The Vikings might not be able to throw the type of cash at Cousins that the Jets can, but the team is coming off an NFC Championship game appearance and they have one of the best defenses in the entire league, along with several talented receivers in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
It’s all a matter of whether Cousins wants to get paid a lot and lose, or get paid a little less to possibly play for a Super Bowl.