Landing Cousins Won't be Easy for the Jets

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Cleveland probably doesn't have a shot to land Cousins, but the Broncos, Cardinals and Vikings may all make strong pushes for the big-name free agent (don't count out the New York Jets, either). The veteran-signal caller undoubtedly had his best National Football League season in 2017, leading the Minnesota Vikings to within one game of Super Bowl LII.

The Jets have the most cap space of the reported favorites, but the Vikings are the team most ready to contend for a Super Bowl, as Minnesota reached the NFC Championship Game past year.

That's not great for the Jets, of course. The Vikings reached the NFC Championship Game behind Keenum, who emerged as starter after Bradford suffered an injury in the first regular-season game.

The Cardinals are in need of a new starting quarterback following the retirement of Carson Palmer at the end of the 2017 season.

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Per media reports on Monday, representatives of the former fourth round pick out of Michigan State, informed the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, two other teams that were rumored to be interested in Cousins, that their client would be going in a different direction.

If Kirk Cousins is, in fact, the No. 1 target for many teams, Keenum likely will be the very next quarterback to sign a long-term deal with a team.

So that's that then, right?

Of course, they won't know officially which way Cousins is leaning until they can formally begin talks on March 12. So until then, the Jets have as good of a chance as anyone. You also have to think Cousins wants to sit down with John Elway and at least have a conversation, especially after the way things went for Peyton Manning in Denver.

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