With Redskins Moving on from Kirk Cousins, Where Does He Sign?

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 4:00 PM UTC

The biggest free agent this NFL offseason is expected to be former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in the wake of a stunning trade. Bovada offers a prop on his next home.

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Anyone remember the last time the #Redskins traded for an Andy Reid quarterback? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/oTHtu3UNjG

— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) January 31, 2018

Major League Baseball has a moratorium on its other 28 teams making any big news (trades, etc.) during the World Series so the spotlight is completely on the Fall Classic. Apparently, the NFL doesn’t have such a thing the week of the Super Bowl.

On the Tuesday of Super Bowl week, the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins stole the spotlight from the Patriots-Eagles matchup for 24 hours as the Chiefs traded Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith, the NFL’s highest-rated passer in 2017, to the Redskins for a 2018 third-round pick and young cornerback Kendall Fuller. Washington also will sign Smith to a four-year extension averaging $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money. This is a done deal but can’t be made official until the start of the 2018 league year, which is March 14 – the same day free agency starts.

Clearly, Smith is Washington’s quarterback of the immediate future, meaning the team will not slap the franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins for a third straight offseason. That would have cost the Redskins $34.5 million in salary for next season. By letting Cousins walk in free agency, the Redskins will receive a third-round compensatory pick in 2019.

You almost never see a franchise-type quarterback under age 30 hit the free-agent market in the NFL. It hasn’t really happened since the Chargers let Drew Brees walk in 2006, and Brees was coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The Saints signed Brees and that worked out rather well. Cousins is going to become the highest-paid player in the NFL wherever he signs because the NFL is such a QB-needy league. Here are the Bovada NFL betting options for where Cousins will sign.

New York Jets (+160): The Jets got solid play out of 38-year-old Josh McCown last season, but he’s not expected back and obviously isn’t the future. Gang Green hasn’t had franchise-level quarterback since Brett Favre spent the 2008 season with the team. The Jets have $77.6 million in cap space and Cousins has gone on record saying he’s a fan of new Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. If New York signs Cousins, it doesn’t have to take a QB with the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Denver Broncos (+175): No question the Broncos will address QB after the disastrous 2017 season with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch under center. The question is: Does John Elway want to spend ridiculous money on Cousins or take someone like Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at No. 5 overall? The Broncos have Super Bowl-quality talent nearly everywhere but quarterback. They are currently +4000 to win Super Bowl LIII on the NFL futures but those odds would shorten considerably with Cousins.

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Elway when he sees the Kirk Cousins/Alex Smith news... pic.twitter.com/wggSyshFBT

— Broncos Reddit (@Broncos_Reddit) January 31, 2018

Arizona Cardinals (+400): The Cardinals have a new head coach in former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and need a new quarterback with Carson Palmer retiring – the team doesn’t have a single QB currently under contract for 2018. Arizona was interested in trade for Smith and was a finalist for Peyton Manning back in 2012. It’s a popular area with athletes.

Cleveland Browns (+500): The Browns tried to trade for Smith, but no one wants to go to Cleveland. It seems highly unlikely Cousins would go there as Cleveland is expected to take a QB with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. Cousins no doubt wants to win right away.

Buffalo Bills (+900): The Bills were a wild-card team this past season but are expected to move on from Tyrod Taylor, who also could be traded to another team on this list. Buffalo doesn’t offer much in the way of wide receiver talent for Cousins, however.

New York Giants (+1400): This isn’t happening. The Giants are keeping Eli Manning and will use him as a bridge QB to whomever they select with the No. 2 overall pick this year.

Jacksonville Jaguars (+1400): How scary good could the Jags be if the dump Blake Bortles and upgrade with Cousins? This team has arguably the best roster in the NFL right now other than under center. It seems like the Jags saw enough good signs from Bortles, who is four years younger than Cousins, to bring him back, though.

Miami Dolphins (+2000): Coach Adam Gase likes Ryan Tannehill, and he will be the Miami starting QB in 2018 after missing this past season due to injury.

Free NFL Pick: Broncos +175Best Line Offered: Bovada
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