Why Kirk Cousins will sign with the Denver Broncos

This is one entry in a six-part series about where Kirk Cousins will land as a free agent for the 2018 season.

How about the Mile High City?

It’s growing more and more likely that Kirk Cousins has played his final game as a member of the Washington Redskins. There are still a few options that the Redskins have and could use one of them, but count me on the side that thinks he’s moving on.  If he does, Denver makes a lot of sense.

The Broncos finished 5-11 and a big reason was the quarterback play. That was made evident this season as they watched Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian struggle throughout the year. Denver’s quarterbacks finished with a 73.0 rating, good for 31st in the NFL in front of only Cleveland. The trio also finished 31st in the NFL with 22 interceptions.

We got a close-up look at Osweiler on Christmas Eve at FedEx Field. He got the start over Lynch and completed 22 of 38 passes for 193 yards with a fumble and an interception in the Redskins’ 27-11 win.

Let’s also not forget that the Broncos are run by a two-time Super Bowl Champion Hall of Famer in John Elway.  It’s hard to imagine him passing on the chance to improve the quarterback position, and for someone like Cousins, Elway might not be a bad person to have around in the prime of your career.

“I think there is no doubt we’ve got to get better at that position,” Elway said this week via the team’s official website. “For us to have a chance to get better, we’ve got to get better at that position.”

Denver has the fifth overall pick in the draft and could choose to draft a quarterback there, but could also go the route of free agency, with approximately $29 million in cap space.

The Broncos have a top five defense, finishing at number three overall (fourth against the pass, fifth against the run). Adding a quarterback with Cousins’ ability and track record could be one of the big puzzle pieces they need to contend again.

The case for the…

Arizona Cardinals | Cleveland Browns

Jacksonville JaguarsNew York Jets | Washington Redskins

George Wallace

George Wallace is the WTOP sports director. He began at WTOP on Christmas Day of 2000.

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