Kirk Cousins is expected to be the crown jewel of the upcoming NFL offseason.
While the Washington Redskins reportedly could look to franchise tag and then trade Cousins, the seemingly likelier option is that they will lose the veteran quarterback to free agency, especially after agreeing to a trade for Alex Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Cousins conceivably soon to hit the open market, the football world has begun to gauge his interest around the league. The New York Jets reportedly are going to be all-in on Cousins, while other teams like the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals seem like natural fits.
All of the aforementioned teams are in dire need of quarterback help, but it appears Cousins’ market might not be limited to QB-needy teams. During an appearance on PFT Live, Charean Williams, who covered the Cowboys for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, explained why she could see Dallas making a run at the 29-year-old signal-caller.
“I wouldn?t put that past him at all,” Williams said, as transcribed by ProFootballTalk. “We?ve seen it so many times with his intrigue with quarterbacks. We saw it back with Johnny Manziel. He just gets in his head some of these quarterbacks that he falls in love with. I wouldn?t be surprised if he has a little love there for Kirk Cousins and is thinking about those down-the-field throws. . . He does throw the ball down the field way better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. (Ben) Roethlisberger?s right there with him. I know how much Jerry loves that part of the game. I could see that.”
In hindsight, it’s pretty crazy to think Jones once had heavy interest in Johnny Football.
It would be somewhat surprising to see the Cowboys give up on Dak Prescott this early. He posted a fantastic rookie season in 2016, leading Dallas to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Prescott did endure somewhat of a sophomore slump in 2017, though, most notably throwing nine more interceptions than the season prior.
Equally shocking would be the Cowboys being a predominantly vertical team. They have one of the NFL’s best running backs in Ezekiel Elliott, whose six-game absence last season highlighted his importance to Dallas’ offense. Cousins is a strong deep-ball thrower, but the Cowboys don’t exactly employ a strong receiving corps, which could be worsened if they decide to move on from Dez Bryant in the offseason.
With this in mind, Dallas doesn’t seem like the best landing for Cousins, but it sure would shake up the league in a major way if he somehow joins America’s Team.