Why Kirk Cousins will sign with the New York Jets

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


Go ahead, New York Post — you can use that headline to fill the back page when Kirk Cousins signs with the New York Jets this offseason.

There will be plenty more pictures and opportunities for Cousins to become a media sensation in the Big Apple. He can join an elite company of sports stars that represent New York including Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, his new teammate Giancarlo Stanton, acrobatic Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Mets pitcher Noah “Thor” Syndergaard.

Cousins also has a unique opportunity of becoming the face of a New York football team in the midst of a rebuild, as the franchise is still looking for the heir apparent to Joe Namath who lead the Jets to their only Super Bowl victory almost 50 years ago. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, as 40 year-old Tom Brady won’t be around forever and the Dolphins and Bills are normally near or below .500 (although congrats to the Bills for making the postseason!).

The argument for Cousins going the Jets is similar to the one for him staying in Washington — win a playoff game or two and you can become a legend in town. The Jets are tied with the Chicago Bears for the third-longest current NFL playoff drought, having not reached the postseason since 2010. Despite the lack of recent success, the fan base still steadfastly supports the franchise, as the Jets draw the third-highest average attendance in the NFL.  I have to believe a passionate player like Cousins — who once shoved a referee in a charity flag football game because he believed a call was unfavorable — would benefit greatly from leading his offense in front of a feisty crowd led by Fireman Ed.

Plus, for all the trashing of the Jets roster and the moves they made last offseason, they’re not all that bad at least in terms of the passing game. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse are reliable wide receivers and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is coming off a breakout season.

Remember all of the hoopla surrounding Jets training camp when Tim Tebow was traded there from Denver back in 2012? Get ready for it again Jets fans, except this time the guy you’re getting has never won a playoff game and will be dealing with much higher expectations.

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Chris Cichon

Chris Cichon (aka "The Big Chee on WTOP") has been a sports anchor with WTOP since 2013. In addition to reporting on sports, Chris coaches football at Towson High School in Maryland.

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