Should the Bills back up the Brinks truck for Kirk Cousins?

February 1, 2018

Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is in the market for a franchise quarterback.  While most of the speculation about that pursuit has centered around the April draft, is it possible Beane and company eschew that route and go after the likely big fish to be in the free agent market?

Washington's decision to trade for Alex Smith sure seems to open the door for Kirk Cousins to hit the unrestricted free agent market on March 14th.  If that does indeed happen there's no question Cousins will be the top prize among the available quarterbacks.

The 29 year old Cousins has started every game each of the last three seasons for the Redskins and has thrown for 13,176 yards to go along with 81 touchdowns.  A fourth round pick in 2012, the same year Washington selected Robert Griffin III in round one, Cousins set franchise single season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns during his time in the nation's capital.

He is one of just five QB's to have topped 4,000 yards passing in each of the last three years.  

But Cousins won't come cheap.  In fact, he may end up becoming the highest paid player in the NFL in a month and a half.  Best guesses suggest Cousins will look to pass Detroit's Matthew Stafford for that highest paid honor which means he'd be seeking an average salary of at least $27 million a year.

Should the Bills break the bank for Kirk Cousins and save all of their draft picks for other needs?  Its an interesting debate.  First, we need to know if Cousins is worth it and for that we turned to Bram Weinstein from The Team 980 in Washington DC.