Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Jets Reportedly Are Making Big Push for QB Cousins

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Jets Reportedly Are Making Big Push for QB Cousins

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Jets reportedly are in heavy pursuit of QB Cousins

The New York Jets are reportedly going all-in on Kirk Cousins. ESPN on Monday cited sources saying the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to sign the Washington quarterback, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Washington probably won't re-sign Cousins after acquiring Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in a trade last month. And if the team elects to give him a third franchise tag, Cousins reportedly will fight to block it by filing a grievance to the players' union.

Cousins, who turns 30 this summer and is entering his prime, could command a record-breaking contract in free agency. He could surpass Jimmy Garoppolo's $27.5 million average ($137.5 million over five years), which the 49ers quarterback signed this month.

The Jets have been searching for a long-term solution at quarterback for years and are flush with $73 million in projected salary-cap space, which can increase to $100 million after several cuts.

Josh McCown told the Daily News earlier this month that he wants to return as the Jets' starting quarterback and would be more than willing to mentor Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. But the Jets could build a sustainable contender around Cousins -- though they won't be his only potential suitors. The Broncos, Bills, Browns, Cardinals and Jaguars may also be in play for the prized free agent, which figures to drive up the price for him. Cousins, however, has said money isn't the only factor. "Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No," he told Pro Football Talk Live last month. "It is about winning." (New York Daily News)

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