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Potential Landing Spots for Kirk Cousins in 2018

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CBS’s Ryan Wilson reported that Kirk Cousins would seriously consider playing for the Cleveland Browns, which signals that Washington might not want to bring him back for 2018.  Cleveland makes sense for Cousins as both Jay Gruden (Washington’s head coach) and Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson were both part of the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff from 2012-2013.  Hue could utilize some of Gruden’s offense to help Kirk Cousins acclimate into the Browns offense, it would also be beneficial for the Browns to sign Cousins to either pick a non-quarterback at the top spot in the 2018 draft,  even trade that pick for additional picks and maybe some players.

If The Browns do not acquire Kirk Cousins, there will be other teams interested in his services, here is a list of teams that Kirk Cousins could find himself playing for in 2018.

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver’s three quarterbacks combined for 19 touchdowns (25th in the NFL) and 22 interceptions (31st in the NFL) in 2017, each quarterback threw more interceptions than touchdowns as well.  Unless Denver has faith in Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch (1st round pick in the 2016 draft), or Trevor Siemian, it is time for them to look elsewhere.  Kirk Cousins would come to a team that is picking 5th overall, has a stout defense with elite talent and Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver. Denver would benefit from landing a veteran quarterback, it would allow them to allocate draft picks and available funds to work on other positions.

NEW YORK JETS

Josh McCown might be the only Jets quarterback from 2017 that would be on the Jets roster in 2018, Bryce Petty could be gone, and Christian Hackenberg, who was picked in the second round of the 2016 draft could be gone as well.  Kirk Cousins will be 30 this year, McCown will be 39, giving the Jets a younger, and more productive quarterback.  The Jets had 2 receivers with 100 catches last season, which is good production, and could be enticing for a free agent such as Kirk.

BUFFALO BILLS

Unless the Bills are all in on Tyrod Taylor, they will be in the market for another quarterback, they currently hold the 21st and 22nd picks in the 1st round of this years draft.  If they can sign Kirk Cousins, they can use those picks to add more talent at receiver and along the offensive line, it also allows them not to have to break the bank in order to move up for another quarterback.  Cousins would have the luxury of having LeSean McCoy running and catching the ball.  Buffalo just made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, Kirk could be the quarterback and leader to help them win a playoff game this upcoming season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville has reached the AFC Championship Game, but Blake Bortles could be on the way out after this season, unless he plays well in that game.  He has had another up and down season, and he finally completed 60% of his passes in a season for the first time in his four year NFL career.  Kirk Cousins has completed at least 64% of his passes, and thrown for at least  25 touchdowns  since he became the full time starter in Washington in 2015.  Jacksonville has a stout defense and running attack with Leonard Fournette coming out of the backfield, Cousins consistent play could be missing piece from this team.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

ARIZONA CARDINALS– With Carson Palmer retiring, the Cardinals could be on the look for another quarterback, it will be up to the new coaching staff to examine this team and this position.  Veteran quarterbacks have had success in the desert, Palmer and Kurt Warner.

BALTIMORE RAVENS– Joe Flacco had 7 games of under 200 yards in 2017, and never topped 300 yards last season in 2017 as well.  Flacco might be on the back 9 of his career, and his health has been an issue as well.  Baltimore could be looking to move on from their Super Bowl champion signal caller, this could be a reach, but anything goes in the NFL.

 

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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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