From: girona, catalonia...in exile
ORIGINAL: The Happy Norseman
Winners, losers and fallout from Washington's trade for Alex Smith
6:58 AM CT
Bill BarnwellESPN Staff Writer
Winners: The Bills, Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Dolphins, Jets and Vikings
If you're a team with either a hole or a problematic veteran at quarterback now and no real path toward a new starter, congrats! One of you is almost assuredly going to end up pocketing a bona fide, above-average NFL quarterback for nothing more than money. That's a dream scenario, and every one of these teams woke up Wednesday morning imagining what their pitch to Cousins will be like over the next couple of months.
There's no perfect fit on this list. The Vikings are the furthest along on a football level and have plenty of cap space, but they have tons of talent to re-sign with players such as Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter approaching free agency next offseason. They would be making a tough choice to devote significant cap room toward a quarterback at the expense of several other positions on their roster over the years to come. It wouldn't necessarily be a wrong move, of course, but Minnesota just came within one game of the Super Bowl with a third-string quarterback no team wanted before the season. It might think about running this back with Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater at low-end starter money over the next couple of years.
To me, franchising Keenum is the safest play for the Vikings going into next year. However, if Cousins is an obvious upgrade, it seems like we should make a move on him. The question is: how much of an upgrade is he?
Do you consider Case (or Teddy for that matter) to be a "bona fide, above-average NFL quarterback"?
That just sounds weird. "That guy is a bona fide above average player"
considering those teams mentioned, i think cousins would be crazy not to pick the vikings - even for a few million less than the others are offering...cousins will earn between $150-200m during his career...his life will be much more complete if he's on a team that is contending from the start - like the minnesota vikings....
brady has been taking less money for several seasons so his team can afford better players to surround him with....
< Message edited by ratoppenheimer -- 1/31/2018 12:08:58 PM >
the journey...is paradise.