La Canfora: Money Talks – And In Kirk Cousins’ Case, It May Scream

March 07, 2018 - 10:22 am
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While Denver, Minnesota and Arizona are all reportedly interested in Kirk Cousins, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora believes the 29-year-old will ultimately sign with the Jets.

“I think money talks, and in this case, money may scream,” La Canfora said on Taz & The Moose. “New York has the ability to put something in front of him that’s so front-loaded and considerably over the top and still not compromise their goals – which are different than Minnesota’s goals. Minnesota’s goal is to win a Super Bowl in the next couple of years while they still have this young core, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, relatively cheap. That dynamic is going to change.”

 

 

The Jets, meanwhile, are in a different position with a different mindset.

“The Jets just want to be competitive,” La Canfora said. “They haven’t had an above-average quarterback since Chad Pennington and they haven’t had a star quarterback maybe since Joe Namath. It’s debatable whether Cousins will be a quote-unquote star or not, but if he goes there and throws 30 touchdowns and 4,000 yards every year, I think he’ll be pretty popular and I think they’ll win a lot of football games. They could burn off $45 million in cap space on that guy in year one alone and not flinch.”

If the Vikings sign Cousins, the pressure will be on to win a Super Bowl – and soon.

“If he’s doing what Keenum did and hooking up with (Adam) Thielen all over the place and (Stefon) Diggs, then that’s great,” La Canfora said. “But if they sign him, are they going to be able to keep Trae Waynes? Are they going to be able to keep Stefon Diggs? Are they going to start robbing from that defense to feed the offense?”

A $30-million quarterback is nice and all, but not if all of his weapons are gone in two years – or if the defense goes from elite to mediocre.

“I think it’s a little more complicated for them,” La Canfora said of the Vikings. “I also continue to hear that within that building, they’re not all of one mind. There’s some people sitting there, saying, ‘Wait a minute. We just almost went to the Super Bowl in our own building with our quarterback making the league minimum. Do we really need to go get somebody for $30 million a year? Who the hell was Case Keenum on September 15th?’”

Answer: a soon-to-be 30-year-old quarterback who had accomplished nothing of note in the NFL.

“So there’s some debate about (what they should do),” La Canfora said. “The powers that be and GM Rick Spielman are certainly going to explore this Cousins thing to the fullest, but there’s other people in that organization – and some on the coaching staff – who are (saying), ‘Someone explain to me why we didn’t just throw a transition tag on Keenum and maybe rent him for one more year.’ (Cousins is better than Keenum), but is he $10-million-a-year-better? I guess that’s the question.”