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Do I Want Kirk Cousins As A Jet? Maybe?

Do I Want Kirk Cousins As A Jet? Maybe?

Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com:

It's simple: Get Cousins. The Jets want him badly, and sources say they're willing to pay whatever it takes -- unless the Washington Redskins decide to tag him for a third time (unlikely). Money aside, the Jets hope to convince him he'll have a chance to win in New York. Because of obvious deficiencies on the current roster, they must sell him a championship vision. Their recruiting pitch also will stress his familiarity with the offensive system. In addition to making Cousins wildly rich, the Jets want to let him know he'll be comfortable with the scheme and coaches.

If they miss on Cousins, the only thing close to a franchise quarterback on the market, the Jets have to lower their sights to a stop-gap option. There's always a chance the Jets re-sign McCown, who has expressed interest in returning. If he does, it would make quarterback a top priority in the draft. 

I don't know if it's that simple, Rich. It's not like the Jets are dealing in Pogs here (even Pog trading was very tough back in the day, especially if it involved slammers).

 Kirk's the ALF pog with sunglasses on.

Kirk's the ALF pog with sunglasses on.

This is a lot of money you're going to be doling out for a quarterback who hasn't proven a whole lot. Sure, he's being busy acrobating his talents in the three-ring Snyder circus, but the Jets have had their own case of clownery and media obsession in the past (sexy Rexy), so it's not like they have the most credible of resumes. That being said for Kirk, they do have money to spend and are rumored to maybe pay him $60 million in just his first year to lure him in. That's a lot of green to go to one man that has as many playoff wins as I do.

Also, the phrase "whatever it takes" when you're not referring to anyone not above the level of say, Jim Kelly? It comes off as a wee bit desperate if you ask me. You're fawning for a guy that a lot of teams, if they themselves weren't in a similar predicament would consider Cousins (just based on his stats so far) a transitional quarterback at best. It's not like this free agency market is lighting up the skies. Not saying that he isn't capable of accomplishing such feats because he hasn't gotten the fairest of shakes, but hey, why don't you try to slow play this hand a little, Mikey Mac (that's GM Mike Maccagnan if you're not hip on NFL management slang)? You're lingering around the bar just a little too long, waiting for him to finish talking to some other gal all while not adverting your gaze.

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Not to say I wouldn't enjoy Kirk on the Jets. He's got a six degrees of Kevin Bacon connection with new OC Jeremy Bates and a move like that shows that the franchise is making an effort to better themselves. . A happy Kirk Cousins (professionally and financially) may be a terrificly awesome Kirk Cousins.  

However, so would drafting a quarterback with your sixth overall pick. I'd be more okay with that and them resigning Treadwell McCown who elevated the team in 2017 rather than dropping big time dime on Kirk. Let's also not forget that I had a dream about wooing Jacoby Brissett over so that's got to count for something too.

Currently, I like where the Jets are positioned from a franchise standpoint, but let's be a little savvy with the wheeling and dealing. If you give Cousins' "whatever it takes" money then you better be prepared to be under that always judging media microscope, no matter if you know something they don't. 

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In whatever way these fickle cards fall, I'll be a-okay as long as it's a long-term solution to the man under center.

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