Will Mike Maccagnan pay Kirk Cousins?
Mike Maccagnan was getting ready to share his thoughts on a team in desperate need of a good draft when someone asked, "So how much are you paying Kirk Cousins?"
The Jets general manager laughed and gave the facts, "He's technically not a free agent yet, so I can't comment on any of that stuff." - sure Mike.
In a few weeks, the Jets will be in the expensive race for Cousins, who will become a free agent on March 14. Not often does a Quarterback of Cousins talent hit free agency, so there will be plenty of competition for his signature
Instead, Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles had to speak in general terms about their plan at quarterback while meeting with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"We have a plan, A, B, and C," Bowles said. "Obviously we have some things with free agency and the draft coming up that we'd like to have, that we’re going to look for, obviously without divulging any plans. But we'll see how they play out. But we have plans for each situation."
It's pretty clear that Cousins is plan A but we're not sure on B or C. They do have fallback options like re-signing last year’s starter, Josh McCown, who is also a free agent, or drafting a quarterback with the sixth overall pick.
The Jets will spend some time with all of the top quarterbacks in the draft this week — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Then, they have the Pro Days next month and with private workouts following that - provided they haven't already got Plan A
"I think when you look at it, ideally you could probably attack it from both angles in a perfect world whether it's a pro free agent or a college player," Maccagnan said. "I think the goal is to find that quarterback that you feel pretty comfortable with to lead your franchise going forward. If it comes via pro free agency or the college draft, when it's all said and done we don't necessarily have a preference either way. Our goal is to try to find, identify and acquire one of those guys."
"We’re just looking for the right fit," Bowles said. "Be it a veteran quarterback or a younger guy, we've got to make sure we've got the right fit for our team. It doesn't matter what age he is."
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