Chris Cooley: Denver Broncos would be attractive to Kirk Cousins
Dots continue to connect with the Denver Broncos and Kirk Cousins, but in the end, money talks. Chris Cooley says the Broncos would ‘absolutely’ be a fit…
With the Denver Broncos traveling to Washington to take on the Redskins this week, it’s only fitting that the Kirk Cousins rumors are flying all over the place.
Chris Cooley, a former Pro Bowl tight end for the Redskins who now works in the media business, appeared on the Orange & Blue 760 radio station with Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus, and answered whether or not he felt the Broncos would be an attractive landing spot for Cousins.
Cooley’s response started off by talking about how, as a former resident of the Rocky Mountain area, how great of a city Denver would be for Kirk and his family to live in in general, but then got to the football aspect of things…
"“Absolutely. I can’t see how Denver wouldn’t be an attractive spot…As an organization I believe in what John Elway is doing. You have a fantastic defense so you don’t have to go and win every single game. You can manage some games and win some games. And you have a great receiving group around him with what is a competent running game. Yeah, Denver seems like it would be a realistic possibility for Kirk. The thing they’ve lacked is simply the quarterback. He would fill that void.”Former Redskins TE Chris Cooley on Orange & Blue 760, Andy and Tyler show"
You can listen to the full interview with Cooley in the link posted there, and the Orange & Blue 760 station is worth tuning into almost all of the time if you’re a Broncos fan.
This is simply Cooley’s opinion, but it’s a pretty educated one as he sees Cousins all the time, played with him, and knows him personally. It’s definitely worth noting but the Broncos and the city of Denver won’t be the only attractive option for Cousins this offseason.
However, in terms of getting paid and also winning games, they might be the best option, especially if the Jacksonville Jaguars stick with Blake Bortles or go to someone like Eli Manning as a veteran option.
This message from Cooley comes on the heels of a report by Cecil Lammey out of Denver that the Broncos will make a ‘big push’ for Cousins in free agency:
Lammey is not the only member of the Denver media who has heard this, either. Benjamin Allbright has been saying for quite some time that he expects the Broncos to pursue Cousins:
While Allbright is right about Foles being less costly financially, the Philadelphia Eagles might require a premium draft pick for his services now with Carson Wentz out with a torn ACL and his timetable uncertain.
More from Predominantly Orange
- Broncos chances of landing Sean Payton dwindling, but not gone
- Denver Broncos dream coaching staff for DeMeco Ryans
- Denver Broncos: “Sleeper” David Shaw checks every box
- The Broncos’ coaching search likely has not gone to plan
- Special Chiefs Suck Offer: Bet $5, Win $150 if Joe Burrow Passes for ONE YARD vs KC
At any rate, Cousins appears to be the ‘best’ quarterback on the market this offseason, and many already believe the Broncos are the favorites to get him.
The Broncos would have to be considered at least in the top three or four teams in the running, given their need and financial flexibility this offseason. The Redskins may try to bring him back as well, and other contestants in the Cousins derby could include the aforementioned Jaguars, and potentially teams like the Browns or Cardinals.
Time will tell, but the only question with Cousins this offseason comes down to his financial fit with the Broncos. If the cost is prohibitive, the Broncos would be wise to just draft another player and sign a cheaper veteran option.
On the flip side, Cousins has proven himself a top 10 quarterback in the NFL statistically over the past three seasons, and a major difference maker as a leader. He could be exactly the type of quarterback this Broncos team needs to get back into contention quickly.