Free agency doesn’t officially start until March 14, but we have an update from NFL Draft Insider Matt Miller on Kirk Cousins. The New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings are the final two teams in the running for Kirk Cousins.
The New York Jets have entered unprecedented territory. The green and white are in the final two as it pertains to the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes.
According to NFL Draft Insider Matt Miller on The Stick to Football Podcast, the decision has come down to the Jets and the Minnesota Vikings.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 5, 2018
This new report would suggest that the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals have been eliminated from contention. I guess the John Elway effect was overrated after all. Meanwhile, the Cardinals seemed like a long-shot all things considered.
Here are a couple of nuggets to consider:
- The Jets have approximately $90 million in cap space, per Over the Cap
- The Vikings have approximately $48 million in cap space, per Over the Cap
There have been reports that suggested the Jets are willing to pay whatever it takes. It’s been openly discussed that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has reservations about taking away money from his pride and joy: the new-aged Purple People Eaters.
#Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke to a small group and discussed QB situation extensively. Said Case, Teddy, Sam all “definitely” options. Also stressed multiple times he’s told Rick Spielman et al. they must be careful about taking resources away from their strength: defense.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 1, 2018
While it certainly felt and seemed like the Jets were the favorite at the outset, that has changed. The Vikings are the new favorite.
It’s going to be tough for the Jets to beat the competitive offer that the Vikings can offer and, of course, their chances of winning immediately. After all, this team was just in the NFC Championship game for Pete’s sake.