Kirk Cousins headed to Vikings in Jets crusher
It’s time for the Jets to move on to Plan B.
The full-court press they planned for Kirk Cousins ended before it started with the free-agent quarterback taking his first and last meeting with the Vikings on Tuesday. ESPN.com reported that Cousins will sign a three-year deal with Minnesota that is fully guaranteed.
Reid will provide another test case for the ongoing impact of NFL player protests during the national anthem, as Reid was one of the organizing partners of the initial movement. We all know what happened to his friend, colleague and former teammate Colin Kaepernick. Reid would be a prized target, but even he understands the potential limits on the market for him.
1. Address quarterback: The Jets reportedly are negotiating a deal with Teddy Bridgewater. Coming off a gruesome knee injury that cost him the last two seasons, Bridgewater is not going to get big money. The Jets likely could sign him for $8-$10 million for a one- or two-year deal and have him compete with McCown for the starting job.
2. Land a top cornerback: With Malcolm Butler on the verge of signing a five-year deal with the Titans, according to NFL Network, Trumaine Johnson remains as an option on the open market. The Jets currently only have slot corner Buster Skrine as a starter under contract. Landing one of the top corners would cost $14-$15 million per year probably. They also should re-sign Morris Claiborne, who could get about $9 million a year.
3. Get a center: The Jets’ offensive line is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, but they need an upgrade at center. Weston Richburg is reportedly signing with the 49ers, but Ryan Jensen of the Ravens is still out there. Jensen figures to get around $9 million per season and would fill the hole in the middle of the Jets’ line.
One of these draft quarterbacks, maybe two of them, maybe three of them, will succeed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maccagnan needs to get one he likes. He can’t afford to settle for his quarterback of the future just for the sake of showing his fan base that he drafted one.
Maybe this will all turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Maybe Baker Mayfield is the apple of Maccagnan’s eye and will be sitting there for the taking, and bring all that fire and moxie and leadership to Florham Park. Broadway Baker. Who, say, McCown could teach to be a professional.
Maybe they will strike lightning in a bottle with Bridgewater.
Except when was the last time the Jets got lucky at quarterback. Or at anything?