As everyone probably knows by now, Kirk Cousins did not sign a long-term contract with Washington on Monday. This means Cousins will play on the franchise tag for the second year in a row and will become a free agent in 2018.
This could prove beneficial for the New York Jets if Cousins decides to leave Washington.
Of course, the first scenario that would help the Jets is if they signed Kirk Cousins. The Jets are one of 14 teams who desperately need a long-term answer at quarterback. Cousins may not be the best quarterback in the league, but he may become the best available quarterback very soon.
The Jets will have around $80 million in salary-cap space next year. This will help them pursue Cousins in what is looking like inevitable free agency. The Redskins would be fools to pay Cousins $34.5 million in 2018 on a franchise tag, and they haven’t gotten a deal done the last two years.
Continue reading to learn how Cousins’ could help the Jets even if he doesn’t play for them…