Shannon Sharpe says Broncos are Super Bowl contender with Kirk Cousins

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Former Denver Broncos Tom Jackson and Shannon Sharpe. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Former Denver Broncos Tom Jackson and Shannon Sharpe. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Shannon Sharpe thinks the Denver Broncos would be Super Bowl contenders if they could find a way to acquire Kirk Cousins…

Shannon Sharpe has never been one to mince words, and that’s one major reason why Denver Broncos fans love him.

His personality was perfect for the football field, and it’s perfect for the entertainment industry. In sports entertainment, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching Shannon Sharpe completely destroy Skip Bayless in a debate, but that’s neither here nor there.

We’re here today to talk about Shannon Sharpe’s opinion of the Broncos potentially signing Kirk Cousins:

Sharpe’s opinion is not limited to just the fact that he thinks the Broncos would be Super Bowl contenders with Cousins, however.

He feels like the Broncos waited two years too long to go and get him.

Back in 2016, Cousins was franchise tagged by the Washington Redskins. Sharpe wonders why the Broncos decided not to just go and trade their first round pick for him back then, but I think that is much easier said now in hindsight.

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Back at that time, Cousins had just one season of starting experience. While that would have seemed preferable to even what the Broncos ended up with in 2016 — Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch — the Broncos’ focus through the 2016 offseason was not on Cousins but on Colin Kaepernick.

By the time the Kaepernick deal fizzled and the Broncos were left looking for any other option, it was too late to go and get Cousins. Everyone had moved on, so the Broncos moved on to the 2016 NFL Draft.

In the 2017 offseason, the Broncos were sort of stuck again, now with a player they’d invested a first round draft choice in (as well as a third in the trade up) and they decided to move forward with what they had in-house rather than bringing anyone else in.

As Sharpe put it, the Broncos wasted two years of a great defense. It sucks to hear that, but that’s the primary reason the Broncos are probably going to put all their eggs in the Cousins basket this offseason, rather than go after a rookie from a great draft class.