Last night, the Chiefs and Redskins stole the spotlight from Super Bowl media week by making a blockbuster trade.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2018
There had been plenty of rumors swirling regarding Alex Smith’s future in Kansas City and the Chiefs wasted no time in kicking off the offseason. By trading him now, they also saved $17 million.
The Chiefs have their future QB in Patrick Mahomes. The Redskins have their future QB in Alex Smith. What does that mean? That means that Kirk Cousins is officially out of Washington and about to get paid.
Cousins is this offseason’s star quarterback. The upcoming free agent didn’t have as great of a 2017 season as he did in 2015 and 2016 and neither did the Redskins as a team, but QBs are hard to come by and Cousins is about to become the new face of a franchise. But which one?
J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets! At +150, oddsmakers at Bovada believe there is about a 40% chance Cousins will be taking over for Josh McCown, who is also an upcoming free agent.
McCown did a fine job for the overachieving 2017 Jets squad, but the soon-to-be 39-year-old is certainly not the future. The Jets have plenty of money to spend and signing a quarterback should be priority number one if they want to get back to their winning ways.
At +200, the Broncos are next up. Denver has had a revolving door at QB ever since Peyton Manning retired and having too many quarterbacks is a problem the Cleveland Browns should have, not the Denver Broncos. While they’re probably holding out some hope for Paxton Lynch, signing Kirk Cousins would make them an immediate contender for the AFC West next season.
Ah, speaking of the Browns, they are tied for the fourth best odds at +600. Like the Jets, they have loads of money to spend. What is probably killing their chances is the fact that they are the Cleveland Browns. If I were Cousins, I’d rather sit out until the new XFL begins in 2020 than be a Browns quarterback.
In my opinion, the best value is the Arizona Cardinals at +450. They’re in dire need of a quarterback with Carson Palmer having hung up the cleats and like the Broncos, have other pieces already in place that could allow for immediate success.
They were able to go .500 in a difficult division despite having the combination of Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert under center for nine games. Just imagine what they could do with Cousins. The prospect of living in sunny Arizona also doesn’t hurt their chances of landing him.
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