Free agent QB Kirk Cousins keeping options open, has no favorites
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins has not eliminated any teams from the running for his services and has no team(s) in the lead, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.
Jurecki reports that despite some noise regarding finalists for Cousins’ list of teams or a favorite, that is not yet the case with free agency set to begin on March 14.
The Cardinals are one of the teams looking to bring in the 29-year-old quarterback but will have to make some key roster decisions in order to potentially free up enough money to meet Cousins’ price tag that is expected to be the largest in NFL history.
This has led to some thought that the Cardinals are long shots to land Cousins, but as ESPN’s Mike Sando said on Feb. 22, that’s not 100 percent the case.
“I think he’s gonna go at least to $28 million a year or something like that, and that’s a given,” Sando said on 98.7 FM’s Bickley & Marotta. “Is that gonna price out an Arizona? I think not necessarily. I think we just need to find out, and the Cardinals need to find out, how their meetings go and what they decide to do, ultimately.
“Unlike some of these other teams … Arizona isn’t moving on from Carson Palmer, they’re trying to improve upon worse than Carson Palmer, right? Because they don’t have anybody and I think that means in your discussion, your budgeting, you have to be willing to go pretty high. ”
Arizona’s quarterback situation was sent into a freefall after Palmer retired, leaving the Cardinals with no quarterbacks on the roster as well as no head coach before they hired Steve Wilks.
With the free agent market, potential trades and the NFL Draft as options, the Cardinals have been continuously linked to numerous names.
Cousins is seen as the top option of them all when it comes to the possible quarterbacks for teams in need of a signal-caller. Coming off his sixth season with the Washington Redskins, Cousins threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 64.3 percent of his passes.