5. Long-Term Promise
Cousins, 29, isn’t a young buck. Worse yet, he and his financial team doubled-down on its NFL investment.
Cousins gambled on himself while playing through two consecutive franchise tags. He did this while rejecting lesser offers along the way.
His camp doubled down that notion by not signing a long-term deal. Instead, his Vikings deal is only a three-year pact.
This means he’ll become a free agent again when he’s 32 and still at the edge of his prime in the league.
What football organization wants to live with such uncertainty surrounded by such a large bulk of promised payroll? It only works of the player in question is a true and legitimate superstar who can win regardless of the talent (i.e. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers).
4. The Chance of a True Jets Era
What generational-era chances live if Cousins is only promised three years with the Jets? By going with the solid veteran instead of a drafted rook, the chance of defining a true and generational era is undermined.
Sam Darnold is 20 freaking years old.