2. Jacksonville Jaguars
If Cousins were to leave the Redskins, this would be an ideal landing spot for him. The Jaguars have long been thought of as a young team on the rise, but they have finally played up to expectations this year. Their defense has looked phenomenal for most of the season, but the team has a major weakness at the quarterback position.
Blake Bortles is still the starter in Jacksonville, but there’s no question that he is not the long term answer for the team. His numbers this year have been pedestrian at best, and he has shown no ability to perform consistently. Bortles has been plagued by turnovers and inaccurate passes for most of his career, and they have gotten worse this season. Through seven games, he has put up less than 1,400 passing yards and has a TD-INT ratio of 9-to-5. He has been a very low level game manager, and is not worth the money that the Jaguars are due to pay him.
For this reason, Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars are going to be interested in him. While Bortles is a poor performer on the field and isn’t really a leader for the squad, Cousins would bring a completely different player. He has been a team captain for two seasons and is generally perceived to be a likeable guy. He sometimes has down games on the field, but he has the tools necessary to be a franchise quarterback and a potential Super Bowl winner.
Going to Jacksonville would give Cousins a chance to lead a young offense with a lot of upside. The team’s top weapons right now are rookie Leonard Fournette and injured receiver Allen Robinson. Fournette looks like a bell cow back for the team and he would take pressure off Cousins because of his strong running ability. Meanwhile, Robinson would serve as a strong No. 1 receiver who could have his best season with a legitimate quarterback, provided that he is fully healthy after ACL surgery.
The only area that the Jaguars would have to upgrade after adding Cousins would be the No. 2 receiver. Allen Hurns hasn’t been great this year, so they could find a new weapon during the draft.
Like the potential deal with the Broncos, this one would have a major snag. The Jaguars currently project to have the fourth least cap space in the spring of 2018. Thus, they would have to move a number of players to open the necessary space to get Cousins. Bortles, and his $19 million cap hit, would be one, but the team would still have to get an additional $10-12 million open. Parting with Hurns and Chris Ivory could do that for them, and the quarterback hungry Jaguars might be willing to make those moves to try to make the playoffs.