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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins finishes with two TDs    Sun Oct 14, 05:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins went 24-for-34 for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. He also rushed for 14 yards and one touchdown on four carries during the game.

Footballguys view: Cousins didn't have a big game with Stefon Diggs blotted out by Patrick Peterson, but his rushing touchdown helped keep him in the range of solid scores in the easy win for his team. He remains a strong QB1 heading into a matchup with the Jets.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins shined under pressure in Week 5    Mon Oct 8, 02:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was pressured on 43.9 percent of his drop-backs in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, yet he finished 13-of-16 for 179 yards and a touchdown and posted a 134.1 passer rating in those situations, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins efficient in Week 5    Mon Oct 8, 01:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins went 30-of-37 for 301 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins posts big line in loss    Thu Sep 27, 11:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 36 of his 50 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 28 yards in a 38-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, Sept. 27.

Footballguys view: Cousins was hyperaccurate and stood tough against a scary Rams defensive line. He bounced back from a terrible game against the Bills and his production wasn't affected by a subpar offensive line and running game. He's a strong QB1 going forward with a tough road game against the Eagles up next.

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  Vikings | Forgettable day for Kirk Cousins    Sun Sep 23, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 40-of-55 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, but he also lost two fumbles and was sacked four times.

Footballguys view: Cousins was overwhelmed by the Bills pass rush early, and didn't do enough later to make a gameout of this. He'll face the Rams on Thursday night and probably is not a good play with his offensive line ailing and the team generating little momentum on offense.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins tosses four TDs in tie    Sun Sep 16, 07:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 35-of-48 passes for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 tie on the road against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Cousins had an interception that could have ended the game in regulation, but it was called back by a questionable roughing the passer penalty. He is clearly on the same page as his top two receivers and should deliver expected value. He might be a top five play against the Bills next week.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins debuts with a victory    Sun Sep 9, 05:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-36 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 1 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins airs it out    Sat Aug 25, 12:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed 17 of his 28 passes for 182 yards in 21-20 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 24.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins unimpressive in loss    Sat Aug 18, 04:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins completed just three of his eight pass attempts for 12 yards and he was sacked once in the preseason game loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins delivers on first drive    Sat Aug 11, 10:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown pass on his only drive against the Denver Broncos in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 11, completing all four of his pass attempts for 42 yards.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins unlikely to work out with WRs    Wed Jun 13, 08:54 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said he probably will not work out with the receivers before training camp because they will have plenty of time to build chemistry during camp.

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  Jets | NYJ made multiple offers to Kirk Cousins    Sun Mar 18, 08:26 PM

The New York Jets were one of four finalists for Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and made multiple offers to him. New York Daily News reporter Manesh Mehta said Cousins weighed his decisions heavily and left the Jets on the board until Tuesday, March 13.

Footballguys view: The Jets wanted to break the bank for Cousins and they tried...but they fell short in one important category. They're not close and Cousins wanted to go to a contender. Signing with the Vikings, Cousins could and should make a deep postseason run in 2018.

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  Vikings | Specifics on deal for Kirk Cousins    Fri Mar 16, 05:03 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has $6 million in incentives, $2 million per year, tied to his three-year, $84 million deal. Those incentives are triggered by play time, team points scored and Super Bowl wins. To hit the highest level in any year, Cousins has to be Super Bowl MVP.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins officially signs with MIN    Thu Mar 15, 03:26 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins) officially signed a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 15.

Footballguys view: Cousins has been a pioneer in the 'getting paid' business. He was franchise-tagged twice by Washington and now gets a fully guaranteed, three-year deal. Now, the Vikings just hope he's good at the 'winning championships' business. After a 13-3 season that ended in the NFC Championship Game, Cousins will have plenty of pressure to get to the Super Bowl from the moment the regular season starts.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins likely for full guarantee    Tue Mar 13, 11:56 AM

Updating earlier reports, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is expected to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 15, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Cousins is a pioneer when it comes to contract negotiations. With $86 million fully guaranteed, it means Cousins has made roughly $120 million in guaranteed money over a five-year span. Now, he's got to win. The pressure in Minnesota will be tremendous as they were 13-3 last year and lost in the NFC Championship to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings    Tue Mar 13, 11:36 AM

Updating an earlier report, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is likely to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, according to sources.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins visiting Vikings first    Tue Mar 13, 11:05 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins will visit the Minnesota Vikings first, according to a source.

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  Cardinals | Arizona still in play for Kirk Cousins    Mon Mar 12, 05:17 PM

Free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins) remains a free-agent option for the Arizona Cardinals.

Footballguys view: That's cool and everything, but Cousins reportedly wants to go to a contender...something Arizona is a long way from being. Oh yeah, there's the money too. Cousins is likely to get a contract that pays him around $30 million annually and the Cardinals currently have $19.6 million in cap space per OverTheCap.com. They may still be in the running, but they are bringing up the rear behind teams like the Vikings, Broncos and Jets.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson recruiting Kirk Cousins    Sat Mar 10, 10:31 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson sent out a tweet Friday, March 9, asking Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins to join him in Arizona.

Footballguys view: Cousins wants to play for a contender...so Johnson has his work cut out for him. The Cardinals only have $19 million in cap space at this time, so they'd have some work to do to simply afford Cousins and his likely $30 million per year contract.

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  Vikings | Vikings on verge of landing Kirk Cousins?    Wed Mar 7, 11:54 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could be on the verge of going to the Minnesota Vikings, as the 'belief' around the league is that it is a 'done deal' between the two sides, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.

Footballguys view: While we have to wait until pen actually hits paper before truly calling this a done deal, it certainly seems like things are hurtling towards a cousins - Vikings marriage. That could make things very interesting for teams like Denver, the Jets, and Cleveland all of whom were thought to be dead set on Kirk Cousins this year.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins, Vikings have mutual interest    Tue Mar 6, 06:38 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings have a mutual interest in each other, but no offers and no decisions have been made yet and financial details will be a big factor, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Footballguys view: This is a different direction than the report earlier of a 3-year, $91 million deal, fully guaranteed. The dance goes on. It really feels like this is between the Vikings (best winning situation) and the New York Jets (most money) though the Broncos aren't totally out. This domino will tumble swiftly at the start of free agency though.

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  Vikings | Big offer for Kirk Cousins?    Tue Mar 6, 03:40 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins has reportedly been offered a three-year, $91 million fully guaranteed deal from the Minnesota Vikings.

Footballguys view: But we thought you couldn't negotiate yet? Oh, right, legal-illegal tampering time is upon us. Players like longer contracts but this could allow Cousins a chance to get yet another contract if he plays well. That and the fully guaranteed aspect of it make this a fairly attractive offer.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins keeping an open mind    Mon Mar 5, 08:44 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins has not eliminated any teams who want to jump into the bidding for his services in free agency, according to 98.7 FM's Mike Jurecki.

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  Broncos | Denver still in play for Kirk Cousins    Mon Mar 5, 03:30 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins remains a strong blip on the Denver Broncos' radar despite reports to the contrary, according to 9news.com's Mike Klis. Klis added that no prospective team has had any visits or talked financials with Cousins yet.

Footballguys view: The Broncos are still going to make a run at Cousins. They may not be the front runners as the Vikings seem to be his likely destination. If the Broncos can't get Cousins, they will likely move on to a guy like Case Keenum.

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  Jets | NYJ worry about losing out on Kirk Cousins    Sun Mar 4, 06:57 PM

The New York Jets plan to bid on free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins), but they are worried about losing out in the pursuit to the Minnesota Vikings. The team feels they can outbid the Vikings and offer a better contract structure, according to a team source, but the organization still feels Cousins might go to Minnesota for what he'll believe is a better chance to immediately win.

Footballguys view: Cousins wants to go to a contender...and that is clearly not the Jets. The Vikings are leading the way in the Cousins sweepstakes with perhaps the Broncos able to lure him away. The Jets had better make other plans, including but not limited to adding a quarterback with the no6 overall pick.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers deal on hold?    Sat Mar 3, 09:25 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' contract extension is unlikely to be completed until after Washington Redskins impending free-agent Kirk Cousins signs his new deal, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

Footballguys view: Rodgers deserves to be the highest paid player in the game, and by waiting for the Cousins numbers, he will insure that happens - for a little bit at least.

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  Redskins | Four teams to pursue Kirk Cousins    Sat Mar 3, 01:21 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is expected to be pursued the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals during free agency, and they likely will be the finalists for Cousins, according to sources.

Footballguys view: The Broncos and Vikings appear to be the most likely destinations and the loser in the Cousins sweepstakes will take a long look at the Vikings quarterbacks from last year and AJ McCarron as a starter for 2018.

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  Broncos | Broncos 'all-in' for Kirk Cousins    Thu Mar 1, 11:26 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins has become an 'all-in' target for the Denver Broncos when free agency kicks off on Wednesday, March 14, according to two sources familiar with the club's free agency plans. Additionally, those sources mentioned that the Broncos have 'examined scenarios' to potentially open up between $40 million and $50 million in cap space for this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Broncos are going to be one of the most aggressive teams when it comes to landing Cousins. They may not be as close as the Vikings or have as much money to spend as the Jets, but Denver has done this before. They were able to lure Peyton Manning to the Mile High City in free agency and it gave them instant success. Cousins is not Manning, but he's a potential franchise quarterback available in free agency during his prime.

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  Redskins | Tag unlikely for Kirk Cousins    Wed Feb 28, 08:05 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent Kirk Cousins probably will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, according to senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins to take his time in free agency     Tue Feb 27, 12:13 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is not expected to agree to terms during the two-day negotiating period prior to the official start of free agency on March 14 in order to take one or more visits, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Cousins will want to hear all of the pitches and potentially play suitors off of each other to increase his price, and also compare the proposals and promises. Minnesota and Denver remain the most likely teams for Cousins this season.

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  Vikings | Vikings a 'player' for Kirk Cousins    Tue Feb 27, 12:29 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are 'going to be players' for Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Footballguys view: If Cousins values a chance at a championship more than maxing out his deal, the Vikings are the answer. They have the best surrounding cast on offense, including John DeFillipo at offensive coordinator and Kevin Stefanski at quarterback coach.

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  Broncos | Denver will meet with Kirk Cousins' agent    Mon Feb 26, 03:48 PM

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins's agent, Mike McCartney, will meet with the Denver Broncos during the NFL combine this week. McCartney also represents Broncos QB Trevor Siemian.

Footballguys view: At this time, the Broncos could be considered a favorite to land Cousins. That is...unless the Vikings get into the mix. Siemian is likely to be traded away and Paxton Lynch is a bust. The Broncos have missed the playoffs each of the last two years after winning Super Bowl 50. Adding Cousins is the first of multiple moves they must do to get back in the hunt.

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  Cardinals | Kirk Cousins not in play for Arizona    Sun Feb 25, 10:54 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins was never 'truly' an option for the Arizona Cardinals because of the expected price tag, according to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona, and Jurecki expects the Cardinals to add a veteran quarterback in free agency and select one in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals don't want to get into the frenzy. Cousins is expected to command a deal that pays him nearly $30 million per year. Arizona doesn't have a quarterback at this time, but they want no part of that huge financial commitment. The Cardinals have the no15 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. They'll have to move up for a quarterback they want as the top four (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield) may be gone by that time.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins struggles vs. winning teams    Sun Feb 25, 05:27 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins went 4-19 as the Redskins' starting quarterback against teams that finished their seasons with a winning record.

Footballguys view: That's not a great sign...especially when some team is likely to pay Cousins nearly $30 million per year to be their quarterback. Supporters will argue the talent around him, while detractors will say that Cousins doesn't win. The truth is set to come about when Cousins gets a new team this offseason.

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  Jets | Kirk Cousins could see $60 million in first year    Tue Feb 20, 10:00 AM

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could receive an offer from the New York Jets that would give him $60 million guaranteed in the first year of the contract, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The Jets are reportedly willing to do whatever it takes to land Cousins. They can front load his deal and still have plenty of room to make other improvements elsewhere.

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  Jets | Kirk Cousins could see full guarantee?    Tue Feb 20, 09:59 AM

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could receive an offer from the New York Jets with a fully guaranteed contract, according to sources.

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  Redskins | A Kirk Cousins tag and trade not realistic    Mon Feb 19, 04:30 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins could theoretically be franchise tagged by the Redskins, but if that were to occur then Cousins would not entertain a long-term deal with his new team and he would make a whopping $34 million under the tag. If Cousins did not immediately sign the tag, he could not be traded anyway. Furthermore, the Redskins would not be able to do much else in free agency and also just traded for Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith.

Footballguys view: Washington wants to get something for Cousins before they lose him in free agency. Tagging him for a third time goes against the spirit of the rule, and there have been reports that Cousins would file a grievance if Washington went that route.

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  Jets | NYJ all-in on Kirk Cousins    Mon Feb 19, 10:34 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins will have heavy pursuit from the New York Jets, who are prepared to pay 'whatever it takes' to land him, according to sources.

Footballguys view: The Jets could use a franchise quarterback and Cousins is arguably the best one available. Whether or not he's free and clear, or if Washington is going to tag him and ask for something via trade is unknown at this point. What is known is that Cousins is likely to get a deal greater than the $27.5 million annually that Jimmy Garoppolo just received from the 49ers.

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  Broncos | DEN favored for Kirk Cousins?    Mon Feb 19, 10:19 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent Kirk Cousins is favored to sign with the Denver Broncos, in the opinion of SI.com's Peter King.

Footballguys view: That's been the way things have been trending for some time now. Cousins is the best answer for the Broncos - or any other team looking for a franchise quarterback this offseason.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins to file grievance if tagged    Sun Feb 18, 02:23 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins will file a grievance if the Redskins decide to place the franchise tag on him, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Cousins can argue that the Redskins would be violating the collective bargaining agreement because the team would have no intention in having long-term contract talks with him or having him play on the franchise tag.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins the best available QB?    Sat Feb 10, 11:19 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is the 'safest bet at the position, in free agency or the draft,' according to an NFL executive.

Footballguys view: The safest bet is also likely to be the most expensive bet at the quarterback position. Washington may tag Cousins in order to get a team to trade for him. After acquiring his rights, his new team would have to pay him a deal near or greater than the $137.5 million deal Jimmy Garoppolo got from the 49ers. The Broncos and Vikings are considered the favored landing spots for Cousins.

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  Browns | Cleveland won't pursue Kirk Cousins?    Sun Feb 4, 09:40 PM

The Cleveland Browns are not likely to be serious contenders to sign Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cabot believes the Browns are more likely to select a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and pursue a lower-tier quarterback in free agency.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins wants to be in Minnesota?    Sun Feb 4, 09:11 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins has the Minnesota Vikings 'number one with a bullet' on the list of teams he'd like to play for in 2018, according to Paul Allen of KFAN Minneapolis.

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  Redskins | WAS could place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins    Sun Feb 4, 09:41 AM

The Washington Redskins are considering placing the franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins in order to trade him and recover some of the compensation they sent to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for QB Alex Smith, according to multiple sources.

Footballguys view: This could be tough as it will keep Washington from having cap flexibility while Cousins is on the books, and other teams might not play ball knowing that Washington can't keep Cousins. This is a risky move that could backfire by keeping Washington from being players in free agency and getting little for that trouble.

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  Broncos | Kirk Cousins eyeing Denver?    Fri Feb 2, 11:50 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins said he would 'love' if the Denver Broncos showed interest in signing him this offseason.

Footballguys view: This has seemed like a very obvious pairing for a long time. Cousins wants a winner, John Elway can close a deal, and the team has wide receiver talent that he can unlock. Consider Denver the favorite to land him unless we hear otherwise.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins surprised by Alex Smith trade    Fri Feb 2, 02:38 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins said he was surprised when he heard about the Redskins' agreement to acquire Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith.

Footballguys view: The communication between Cousins and the team seemed to break down as soon as the season was over and it didn't take long for him to remove Washington from Twitter profile. Only Cleveland is clearly lower on the organizational dysfunction scale.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins excited about free agency    Fri Feb 2, 02:20 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins said he is looking forward to hitting the free-agent market because he has not been able to choose the team he plays for since college. He said he will be looking to sign with a team that can win a championship.

Footballguys view: Denver, Minnesota, and Jacksonville are all candidates if Cousins is focusing on winning a title. Jacksonville is leaning towards Blake Bortles and Minnesota has three quarterbacks that were on the roster last year to consider too. In light of this, the Broncos are looking good as his future team, and the Jets are on the fringe.

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  Bills | Kirk Cousins won't see Bills' pursuit    Thu Feb 1, 09:19 AM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins is unlikely to be pursued by the Buffalo Bills, in the opinion of beat writer Mark Gaughan.

Footballguys view: The Bills don't have the money and aren't as attractive as several other teams in the hunt from a "win-now" standpoint. It could be they are determined to make a run at keeping Tyrod Taylor as well, or jumping on a lower-hype player who hits the market.

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  Jets | Jets expected to go after Kirk Cousins    Wed Jan 31, 11:36 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins has drawn the attention of 'quarterback-needy teams,' with the New York Jets 'expected' to be one of his suitors, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: This isn't a shock to anyone. The Jets have a lot of cap space and a need. Cousins has a need to get paid. The wrinkle is Cousins' insistence that winning means more to him than money. He's been well paid the last few years so choosing a team like the Broncos, who are closer to contention than the Jets, could be attractive.

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  Broncos | Von Miller wants Kirk Cousins     Wed Jan 31, 01:34 PM

Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins would be welcomed by Denver Broncos LB Von Miller. 'Kirk could take us over the edge,' Miller said, 'but that's the National Football League. There are a lot of teams that need Kirk.'

Footballguys view: The Broncos made a lot of sense as a win now team for Cousins, and John Elway can establish a connection with Cousins to close the deal, just as he did with Peyton Manning. Denver might be the strongest candidate for Cousins, along with the Jets.

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