Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum buzz

Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum buzz

Captain Kirk is moving on, and he wants Burgundy-and-Gold fans to know they'll be missed.

The Jets, Cardinals, Vikings and Broncos have been the names largely associated with pursuing the former Redskins QB, but it's not clear which of these teams are the ones ready to make the precedent setting move. "He's the best player on the market, he's the most intriguing player on the market by far". At the time, many people saw his selection as foolish.

You could say Cooley is biased because he considers Cousins a friend, but the quarterback's numbers don't lie.

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Chances of Keenum staying in Minnesota keeps on lowering, even though he threw for a whopping 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.

"We all understand on how the quarterback position has a direct influence on how your team plays", Joseph said in February. Currently, the Denver Broncos have about $35 million in cap space to spend on a free agent, which is not a good sign in this case. The Jets have a league-leading $89.8 million in salary-cap space after the Cleveland Browns went trade insane over the weekend. He had sought before last season a one-year, $4 million extension but the Vikings turned that down. The Jets also gave cornerback Antonio Cromartie a four-year, $32-million contract with $5 million guaranteed, a questionable signing for an aging corner.

According to the report, the offer would include a $20 million signing bonus and $15 million in base salary in the first year.

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It's been reported that Keenum is not the number one or two option for Denver.

What did the Jets get for their signings? That would be unheard of in the National Football League where teams usually guarantee the first two or three years of a deal for top free agents, but then tack on more unguaranteed years to the deal that act essentially as team options.

With that said, I trust Rick Spielman to do the right thing, and if that means Cousins on an insanely rich but somewhat short-term contract, I'll get on board and hope for the best. "There are quite a few players we're interested in".

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Cousins also speaks about how hard it will be to not wear a Redskins jersey going forward. Earlier this month, the team opted not to use the franchise tag on Cousins, which was expected after they agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs. It can be done - nine rookie quarterbacks have led their teams to the playoffs in the past 31 years, most recently Dak Prescott with Dallas in 2016. "But it also depends on how your roster has been built where you're now sitting [and] what your philosophy is going forward". He started every game the past three seasons, leading Washington to the playoffs in 2015 - his only postseason appearance.

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