The Jets lost out on Kirk Cousins before even getting a chance to meet with him.
Same Old Jets?
It’s the Brand New Jets. That’s a good thing.
Jets’ best Plan B at QB after losing out on Cousins to Vikings
Signing Cousins would have been a miserable case of the Same Old Jets.
Now the pressure is immense on GM Mike Maccagnan to do some wheeling and dealing in the April 26 draft from the No. 6 spot and move up to get the Jets a franchise quarterback. If he stays put, he’s likely to get no better than the fourth QB and potentially could be shut out if the Bills jump ahead of him. Maccagnan’s best chance to trade up will be with the Colts at No. 3.
This is no time to be conservative. Maccagnan and Todd Bowles didn’t even get an opportunity to make a face-to-face pitch to Cousins with $ 90 million of cap space in their pocket.
That’s okay. The draft is how to build a team. That’s why teams spend millions on scouting. Now let’s see what kind of game Maccagnan has got.
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He’s had a three-year honeymoon, is fortunate Woody and Christopher Johnson are giving him a do-over after he whiffed on Christian Hackenberg in the second round in 2016, but this is his fourth draft and fourth free-agent signing period and now he must draft the right QB if he wants to stick around.
The bad news for the Jets on Tuesday about Cousins was actually good news. He is making his first visit to the Vikings on Wednesday and will arrive shortly after the free-agent signing period opens at 4 p.m. He plans to stay overnight and the Vikings plan to get him signed to a reported three-year, $ 84 million contract that will be 100% guaranteed. His $ 28 million average jumps him over Jimmy Garoppolo ($ 27.5 million) as the highest paid player in NFL history.
Cousins has never won a playoff game. He is 4-19 starting games against teams that finished the season with a winning record. He will be 30 this summer and should just be hitting his prime years, but the Jets are still building after Maccagnan tore things down last year and Cousins would have been the wrong fit. He’s two years ahead of the Jets’ development.
He would have been a band-aid when the Jets need a tourniquet to stop the bleeding after seven straight non-playoff seasons. Ultimately, Cousins would have found his place in Jets history alongside retreads Tony Eason, Neil O’Donnell, Boomer Esiason, Bubby Brister, Vinny Testaverde, Rick Mirer, Jay Fiedler, Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown.
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It’s time the Jets develop their own long-term QB after false starts with Chad Pennington and Mark Sanchez. Bringing back McCown as a temporary starter/full-time mentor is a good idea, but the possibility of adding former Vikings No. 1 pick Teddy Bridgewater serves no purpose. Once the Broncos agreed with Case Keenum, it said two things: The Broncos knew they were not getting Cousins and the Vikings knew they were.
Now Maccagnan will earn his money on draft night.
Here’s where things stand:
— The Jets are picking sixth for the third time in four years. They did just fine sitting tight in that spot and taking Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams. Now Maccagnan must be aggressive.
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— There are four QBs who could go in the top six picks: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. There are three teams that could pick a QB before the Jets turn: Browns (first or fourth), Giants (second) and Broncos (fifth), with John Elway still needing to find his future starter even after signing Keenum, who had one good season.
— The Bills just moved up from the 21st slot to the 12th slot in a trade with Cincinnati. They also have the 22nd pick plus two picks in each of the second and third rounds. That gives them plenty of draft currency to move into the top five to get a QB. They are very much in the market after trading Tyrod Taylor to the Browns for the first overall pick in the third round. Buffalo can jump over the Jets to the Colts’ spot at No. 3 if Indy wants to move down that far. If the Colts trade out of the top five, they will miss out on their two top targets: North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb and Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.
Where can Maccagnan go to move up and what does he has to offer?
His advantage is sitting in the sixth spot. The Browns or Colts, the two most likely trade partners, would not have to go down far if they feel the player they want will still be available at No. 6. The Jets have two picks in the second round: their own at No. 37 and the Seahawks’ at No. 49 from the Sheldon Richardson trade.
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— Browns: They have the first and fourth picks. The Browns are going to take a QB in one of those spots. Taylor is just a bridge to the future. If they take Barkley first, they will take a QB fourth. They will not trade the first overall pick to the Jets because that guarantees a QB comes off the board. But the Browns could be open for business with the fourth pick if they take a QB first. That would leave the Jets the fourth QB if the Browns and Giants take one and the Bills trade with the Colts. But it would protect them against the Broncos.
— Colts: They are the most logical trade partner at No. 3 unless they decide Andrew Luck’s shoulder is not coming along after he missed the entire 2017 season, forcing them to take a QB. Indy would get more from the Bills to move down but the Jets offer them a better landing spot. Giving up Seattle’s No. 2 and their own No. 3, according to the draft value board, would be enough for the Jets to offer the Colts to flip-flip spots.
— Giants: Even if they were going to take a kicker in the first round, they would not trade down with the Jets. Nothing personal. The Jets would feel the same way. Neither team is going to hand the other its potential franchise QB and then have to hear about it if the guy wins a Super Bowl.
The Jets have been on Allen all season. He is a project. So is Darnold, but he’s closer to being ready to play. Rosen and Mayfield are ready to play right away. The Jets will have a clear order in another month. My order for them: Allen, Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield. My order for the Giants: Darnold, Rosen, Allen, Mayfield.
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After having the good fortune of losing out on Cousins, the one thing Maccagnan can’t do is sit still and let the draft come to him.
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