MINNEAPOLIS — Step proper up and enter the Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes.
Cousins will quickly change into the very best paid participant within the historical past of the NFL, surpassing Matthew Stafford’s $27 million common within the five-year, $135 million deal he signed with Detroit final 12 months. Cousins has not gained a playoff recreation. Neither has Stafford nor Oakland’s Derek Carr, who briefly final 12 months was No. 1 at $25 million per 12 months together with his five-year $125 million deal.
The Jets are anticipated to be big-time gamers for Cousins, one of many uncommon potential franchise quarterbacks to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent within the 25 years the system has been in place. I believe Cousins will wind up in Denver after John Elway provides him the identical gross sales pitch that obtained him Peyton Manning in 2012. The Broncos may give him the most effective likelihood to win and likewise win the bidding conflict by spending probably the most cash to entice him.
The place do the Jets flip if they’ll’t get Cousins?
The perfect case state of affairs is to carry again John McCown and transfer up from the No. 6 spot within the first spherical to the Colts’ decide at No. Three, which can assure them a selection of Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield after the doubtless state of affairs of the Browns and Giants taking Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen off the board at 1-2.
McCown, who had not spoken to the media for the reason that finish of the season, instructed the Day by day Information on the Tremendous Bowl that he very a lot needs to return again to the Jets and can be greater than keen to mentor whoever is within the quarterback room with him
“I had the most effective 12 months of my profession and I really like the individuals there and the group,” McCown stated. “If it really works out, I might like to be there. There are choices that everyone has to make and that’s the enterprise aspect of it. We’ll see the way it goes, however I loving being there for positive. I really feel we did a whole lot of good issues this 12 months. We constructed some momentum. It’s type of unfinished enterprise.”
If the Jets signal Cousins, then it’s doubtless they are going to desire a cheaper different as his backup after spending a lot to get him.
McCown can be 39 on July four. He missed the ultimate three video games after breaking his left hand in a 23-Zero loss in Denver. His hand remains to be in a wrap however he says “it’s therapeutic up effectively. We’ll see what the medical doctors say in a couple of weeks.”
He was 5-Eight because the Jets starter with 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
How would he really feel mentoring a first-round rookie?
“I’d be nice with it. Whoever is in that room I’m going to assist as a lot as I can, give away my experiences and assist them have the most effective likelihood they’ll have at a superb profession,” McCown stated. “Regardless of the case is, I’m all-in. I actually loved being a part of the Jets group and being in New York. I need nothing greater than to see that place succeed, so no matter I can do to have a task in that, I might like to be there.”
If the Jets don’t get Cousins, then it’s doubtless McCown can be again.
Tom Brady turned 40 1/2 on Saturday. Eli Manning turned 37 on Jan. Three. Brady is getting higher as he’s getting older. Manning’s play slipped final season. Does he acquire motivation seeing how Brady is taking part in at such a excessive degree at such a complicated age? “Yeah. Simply figuring out how my physique feels,” he stated. “I nonetheless could make throws, physique feels good, can nonetheless run round and practice and do every thing I’ve to do. I don’t have any indication that it’s going to decelerate. Or simply impulsively have an enormous drop off.”… Actually touching scene from the “Tom vs. Time” documentary on Fb about Brady. He was sitting on the kitchen desk at his dad and mom’ house in San Mateo, Cal., within the offseason together with his mom Galynn, who a 12 months in the past was given clearance by her most cancers medical doctors simply days earlier than the Tremendous Bowl to attend the sport in Houston. When the Patriots have been within the midst of their monumental comeback, Julian Edelman stated to Brady, “Let’s win it in your mother.” A couple of months later, Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft was speaking to Galynn on Facetime on their cell telephones. He was telling her what an inspiration she was for the Patriots. He stated he had a present for her. Tom then introduced his mom with a Tremendous Bowl ring. Kraft is a mensch… The temperature at kickoff for Tremendous Bowl LII is forecast to be zero. As in no levels. Which isn’t a whole lot of levels. Good factor the sport is indoors.
The Browns supplied the Chiefs a second-round decide for Alex Smith earlier than he was traded to Washington for a third-round decide and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Washington then dedicated to Smith by signing him to a four-year, $94 million cope with $71 million assured. If the Browns had acquired Smith, they weren’t keen to make that type of monetary dedication as a result of they nonetheless plan to take a QB with the No. 1 decide. Smith had one 12 months at $17 million left on his contract and would have been the transition QB in Cleveland very like it turned out in his ultimate 12 months with KC after they took Patrick Mahomes within the first spherical in 2017… After the Browns traded away the prospect to take Carson Wentz in 2016 and Deshaun Watson in 2017, there isn’t any manner new GM John Dorsey is passing on a quarterback with the general first decide. If he tries to get artistic and take Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at No. 1, he may doubtlessly wind up taking the fourth QB off the board after the Giants take Darnold/Rosen and the Colts commerce the decide to the loser of the Cousins Sweepstakes, presumably the Jets or Broncos… It was not life like that Washington was going to make use of the franchise tag on Cousins a 3rd time as a result of it could have value $34.5 million. Cousins needed to attend and see how free company performed out. Washington determined to commerce for Smith as an alternative. Now Cousins is prone to have 4 or 5 groups come after him in free company. “It’s a singular expertise which will solely occur one time in my profession,” Cousins instructed Sirius XM. “In consequence, we need to take pleasure in it, take full benefit, ensure to make the suitable choice. We don’t know the way it’s going to finish so it’s onerous to say proper now, however I actually do sit up for the chance if it comes.”
Subsequent 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl is in Atlanta adopted by Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles. I anticipate New York to make a bid when the subsequent spherical of Tremendous Bowls are awarded… Falcons proprietor Arthur Clean didn’t recognize Kraft placing 283 diamonds within the Tremendous Bowl LI championship rings. The 283 represents the 28-Three deficit that the Patriots got here again from to beat the Falcons. In a New York Instances story final week, Clean stated he confronted Kraft about that little diamond dig.” I stated to Robert, “‘You didn’t must do the 28-Three within the ring,’” Clean stated. “It type of pissed me off.” Clean would maybe be even angrier if he knew on the evening of the Patriots season opener, the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium stated earlier than the sport: ATL 28 NE Three 2:12 3Q. Recommendation to Clean: If you wish to stop groups from making enjoyable of your group, don’t blow 25-point leads within the Tremendous Bowl… This was the Mall of America Tremendous Bowl week. The Patriots’ resort was hooked up to at least one finish of the mall and the Eagles’ resort was hooked up to the opposite. The media room was on the second flooring of the mall, nearer to the Patriots. Minneapolis is a pleasant metropolis however with temperatures proper round zero, the mall grew to become a gathering place within the night for Patriots and Eagles to stumble upon one another.
Earlier than Jeffrey Lurie needed to be the Eagles proprietor, he needed to personal the Patriots. Again in 1994, Kraft outbid Lurie — they’re each from the Boston space — by paying $172 million. A couple of months later, Lurie purchased the Eagles for $195 million… NFLPA government director DeMaurice Smith issued a warning final week about the place the collective bargaining negotiations might be headed with the 10-year deal expiring after the 2020 season. “We put together for conflict,” he stated. One enormous difficulty can be commissioner self-discipline. The union fought and finally misplaced the Brady and Zeke Elliott circumstances. The gamers imagine Roger Goodell has manner an excessive amount of energy deciding suspensions. Smith has eradicated the thought of merely extending the present settlement. He stated negotiations “are grinding, exhausting components that come out of two events that need basically various things. So I may by no means think about a world the place you’d merely placed on a web page on the again of it that claims, ‘This doc is now prolonged till 2035.’” Properly, this needs to be enjoyable.