According to Sporting News’s Eric Galko, the Denver Broncos are prepared to make a ‘big offer” to soon to be free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason.
“What I’ve Heard” at @SportingNews:— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) January 2, 2018
On Rosen, Baker, Darnold and more 2018 QB prospects, Coaching Carosuel, Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, NFL free agency, and other #NFLDraft notes: https://t.co/aCCdsN0ilP:
Per Galko, it’s currently a two-team race between the Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins for Cousins services this offseason. He notes that Washington “SHOULD” be the clear favorite, but that the Broncos have made it known that they’re ready to make a big offer to him this offseason.
At this point, it looks to be a two-team race for Cousins: the Redskins or Broncos. The Redskins haven’t done themselves any favors with how they’ve handled Cousins since the 2012 draft, but the fact that he’s grown into a sense of comfort in Washington with coach Jay Gruden and kept relatively upright thanks to offensive line coach Bill Callahan, Washington should be the clear favorite.
But the Broncos have made it clear to those close to Cousins that they’re ready to make a big offer. Over the last two seasons, since moving on from Peyton Manning and letting Brock Osweiler walk (before bringing him back), the Broncos have spent the fewest of any NFL team on quarterback (under $7 million combined over 2016 and ’17). Elway needs to spend at quarterback to win.
This isn’t the first time that the Broncos have been connected to Cousins recently. 104.3 The FAN’s Cecil Lammey also tweeted out that he expects the Broncos to make a big push for Kirk Cousins this offseason.
Since taking over as Redskins QB in 2015, Cousins' NFL ranks:— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) December 29, 2017
67.3 completion rate -- 3rd
99.0 passer rating -- 3rd (Brady 105.5, Brees 102.0)
7.9 YPA -- 3rd
13,018 passing yards -- 4th
81 passing TDs -- 7th (most over 3-year span in Redskins history) https://t.co/ZmkdpzXgdC
There continues to be a lot of smoke about a potential Broncos and Kirk Cousins pairing this offseason and it makes a ton of sense. Cousins is by far the best quarterback available and would instantly improve the Broncos offense next season. It would also give Head Coach Vance Joseph a quarterback to work with to prove he can be a Head Coach in this league. I am not sure he will be given a long enough leash to develop a first-round quarterback considering he was nearly fired after just one season.
John Elway on his QB:— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 2, 2018
"The number goal is we KNOW we have to get better at that position ."
There is one thing Elway has proven to be good at during his tenure as Broncos General Manager and that is quick fixes. He clearly is motivated to fix the quarterback position and likely is focused on that quick fix.
The best quick fix likely to be available is Kirk Cousins. Where there’s smoke there’s likely a fire. Like it or not, the Broncos and Kirk Cousins is a thing. Will it happen? That remains to be seen but it appears they’re going to try to make it happen.
Stay tuned Broncos Country, it’s going to be a fun offseason.
Oh and one final note, it appears that Cousins is already moving on from Washington.
Kirk Cousins Twitter page no longer has any reference to the Washington Redskins pic.twitter.com/55U84xZgQI— 12up (@12upSport) January 2, 2018
File this under things that make you go hmmmmmm.