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Potential Landing Spots for Kirk Cousins in 2018

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CBS’s Ryan Wilson reported that Kirk Cousins would seriously consider playing for the Cleveland Browns, which signals that Washington might not want to bring him back for 2018.  Cleveland makes sense for Cousins as both Jay Gruden (Washington’s head coach) and Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson were both part of the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff from 2012-2013.  Hue could utilize some of Gruden’s offense to help Kirk Cousins acclimate into the Browns offense, it would also be beneficial for the Browns to sign Cousins to either pick a non-quarterback at the top spot in the 2018 draft,  even trade that pick for additional picks and maybe some players.

If The Browns do not acquire Kirk Cousins, there will be other teams interested in his services, here is a list of teams that Kirk Cousins could find himself playing for in 2018.

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver’s three quarterbacks combined for 19 touchdowns (25th in the NFL) and 22 interceptions (31st in the NFL) in 2017, each quarterback threw more interceptions than touchdowns as well.  Unless Denver has faith in Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch (1st round pick in the 2016 draft), or Trevor Siemian, it is time for them to look elsewhere.  Kirk Cousins would come to a team that is picking 5th overall, has a stout defense with elite talent and Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver. Denver would benefit from landing a veteran quarterback, it would allow them to allocate draft picks and available funds to work on other positions.

NEW YORK JETS

Josh McCown might be the only Jets quarterback from 2017 that would be on the Jets roster in 2018, Bryce Petty could be gone, and Christian Hackenberg, who was picked in the second round of the 2016 draft could be gone as well.  Kirk Cousins will be 30 this year, McCown will be 39, giving the Jets a younger, and more productive quarterback.  The Jets had 2 receivers with 100 catches last season, which is good production, and could be enticing for a free agent such as Kirk.

BUFFALO BILLS

Unless the Bills are all in on Tyrod Taylor, they will be in the market for another quarterback, they currently hold the 21st and 22nd picks in the 1st round of this years draft.  If they can sign Kirk Cousins, they can use those picks to add more talent at receiver and along the offensive line, it also allows them not to have to break the bank in order to move up for another quarterback.  Cousins would have the luxury of having LeSean McCoy running and catching the ball.  Buffalo just made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, Kirk could be the quarterback and leader to help them win a playoff game this upcoming season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville has reached the AFC Championship Game, but Blake Bortles could be on the way out after this season, unless he plays well in that game.  He has had another up and down season, and he finally completed 60% of his passes in a season for the first time in his four year NFL career.  Kirk Cousins has completed at least 64% of his passes, and thrown for at least  25 touchdowns  since he became the full time starter in Washington in 2015.  Jacksonville has a stout defense and running attack with Leonard Fournette coming out of the backfield, Cousins consistent play could be missing piece from this team.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

ARIZONA CARDINALS– With Carson Palmer retiring, the Cardinals could be on the look for another quarterback, it will be up to the new coaching staff to examine this team and this position.  Veteran quarterbacks have had success in the desert, Palmer and Kurt Warner.

BALTIMORE RAVENS– Joe Flacco had 7 games of under 200 yards in 2017, and never topped 300 yards last season in 2017 as well.  Flacco might be on the back 9 of his career, and his health has been an issue as well.  Baltimore could be looking to move on from their Super Bowl champion signal caller, this could be a reach, but anything goes in the NFL.

 

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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