Soon to Be Free Agent QB Kirk Cousins Talks All About Winning – Could it be with the Broncos?

Kirk Cousins can confirm that he expects to be a free agent come March 14, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports..

The veteran Redskins quarterback was a guest of SiriusXM NFL Radio here on Radio Row at the Super Bowl on Friday and admitted he was taken aback by the news of the Chiefs trading quarterback Alex Smith to Washington.

If fact, Cousins heard much the same way everyone else did.

“It was a surprise,” he said. “I was working out here in Minneapolis at my hotel and finished my workout, went over to my phone, had a lot of text messages and saw the news. Certainly hadn’t heard anything. But in this league and my story, I’ve learned that curveballs come all the time.

“I expect to be a free agent come March 14. We’ll see if that plays out, and if it does, it’s a unique opportunity I look forward to. Haven’t had a chance to pick where I’m going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State. Looking forward to that opportunity.”

The trade and Smith’s four-year contract extension cannot be finalized until March 14, when the new league year begins. But the news sets up Cousins to land the most lucrative contract in NFL history, topping the five-year, $135 million contract awarded to Matthew Stafford last season.

This was always a possibility for Cousins, who had already played on two franchise tags with Washington and was on pace to either get a third, sign a long-term deal with the club or hit the open market.

“At the end of the day, I want to win,” Cousins said. “I was talking with Coach (Charlie) Weis earlier and he made it clear, ‘Hey, go where you can win.’ That’s exactly what the plan is.”

“Now … there are a ton of variables that decide, ‘Do we think we can win?’ But that will ultimately be what makes the decision.”

Elway Says Broncos Have Enough to Both Draft and Trade for a QB This Offseason

John Elway is facing a critical offseason after the Broncos ended 2017 with a 5-11 record. At the top of Elway’s offseason to do list is upgrading the quarterback position, Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver reports.

Elway will look for quarterback options in free agency and the draft.

“Any time you draft that high you have to make ’em count,” Elway said. “We’ve got a lot of picks so we have the ammo also [to trade], so we’ve got to make sure we make them all count.”

At the Senior Bowl, Elway got a long look at quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Which one does he like? He likes them both. He likes non-seniors Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, too.

“It is about the tape, but that’s only part of it,’’ Elway said. “You’ve got to find out what they’re made of and if they love the game. It’s a hard game. If they don’t love it, it’s hard for them to be successful.’’

If Elway signs say, Washington’s Kirk Cousins from free agency, he won’t draft a quarterback at No. 5.

Broncos Expected to Put Cornerback Aqib Talib on the Trading Block

The Broncos are expected to put veteran cornerback Aqib Talib on the trading block this offseason according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver.

Talib, who turns 32 years old next month, had another strong season in 2017 and graded out as the 13th-best corner in the league out of 121 qualifiers according to Pro Football Focus. The reality, unfortunately, is that even with a rising salary cap the Broncos cannot afford to spend $28 million on the cornerback trio of Talib, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby when the team has such glaring needs in other areas.

As the oldest of the trio, Talib is deemed the most expendable. Originally a first-round pick out of Kansas by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers way back in 2008, Talib has played in Denver for the past four seasons. The five-time Pro Bowler is due $19 million over the final two years of his current contract.

See Who Mel Kiper Has the Broncos Taking with the Fifth Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Mel Kiper’s first mock draft is out – and the draft ‘expert’ has the Broncos going quarterback in round one, taking USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the fifth overall pick.

Here’s the tweet with the breakdown of the first 10 overall picks.

Add Another Name to the List for Possible QB’s for the Broncos in 2018 – Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

The rumors about the Broncos going out and getting a new quarterback to run the offense in 2018 continue to grow, as there was already a number of reports about the team making a push for Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Now there’s another name in the mix for the Broncos that could come in and run their offense next season, and that’s Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

The 28-year-old Taylor helped the Bills make the playoffs this offseason, and John Elway’s right-hand man – former coach Gary Kubiak, worked with Taylor while he was in Baltimore.

Kubiak was the offensive coordinator in Baltimore during Tyrod Taylor’s fourth and final season with the Ravens. Taylor never started a game for the Ravens, and when he hit free agency in 2015, he opted for Buffalo over, reportedly, more money in Denver, where he probably would have been third string behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

In his last three seasons as the Bills’ starter, Taylor went 23-21 while completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 201.3 yards per game, 51 total touchdowns and only 16 interceptions (the Broncos’ quarterbacks had more than that in the first 13 games of last season alone) for a 92.5 rating.

In a Week 3 win over the Broncos, Taylor gave Elway and Co. a close look at what could be, completing 20-of-26 passes for 213 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a 126.0 passer rating as the Bills’ offense marched over the Broncos, and quarterback Trevor Siemian tossed a pair of interceptions in the second half.

It could be an interesting fit for the Broncos, and if they can score Taylor, who threw 14 touchdowns and just four picks this last season, at the right price, it might be worth the fight to get him.

Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus when free agency opens in March, so having him back with the Bills seems like a stretch at this point.

Broncos Hire Two Offensive Coaches, Sullivan for QB’s and Modkins or RB

The Broncos on Thursday reached agreements with Mike Sullivan as their quarterbacks coach and Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

Sullivan, formerly the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator, had interviewed with Broncos head coach Vance Joseph earlier in the day.

In his second coaching stint with the Giants, Sullivan worked with quarterback Eli Manning in New York for the last three seasons and has coached in the NFL for 16 years.

Modkins, along with Raiders running backs coach Bernie Parmalee, interviewed with the Broncos on Wednesday for the job left open by Eric Studesville. Modkins has been an NFL running backs coach or offensive coordinator since 2008 and has worked with six different teams, most recently the Chicago Bears as part of John Fox’s staff. The Bears parted with Fox after three seasons and a 5-11 finish.

Broncos Chatting with Giants OC Mike Sullivan About Their QB Coaches Job

The Broncos are chatting with Giants OC Mike Sullivan, looking at the chance of bringing him in as possibly their new QB coach.

Sullivan was part of a bad season with the Giants, but worked with Eli Manning and no doubt has solid experience that can help whoever is under center for the Broncos in 2018.

The Broncos planned to interview Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan on Thursday for their quarterbacks coaching job, and on Wednesday interviewed Curtis Modkins and Bernie Parmalee for their running backs coaching position, an NFL source confirmed.

Sullivan, in his second coaching stint with the Giants, has worked with quarterback Eli Manning in New York for the last three seasons and has coached in the NFL for 16 years. Sullivan started in Jacksonville, alongside current Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, as the Jaguars’ defensive quality control coordinator and then offensive assistant in 2002 and ’03, respectively.

Sullivan joined the Giants in 2004 and coached their receivers for six seasons before becoming their quarterbacks coach for two years. After a two-year stint as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator (2012-13), he returned to New York as quarterbacks coach for a season and then their coordinator for the last two. The Giants won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI in that time.

Elway: Paxton Lynch’s Future is a “Topic of Discussion” This Offseason

Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday that quarterback Paxton Lynch’s future is a “topic of discussion” this offseason according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

“The unfortunate thing with Paxton is we didn’t get to see him as much as we wanted this year,” Elway said. “We need to figure out where he is in the process as far as him developing as the quarterback.”

Elway was being diplomatic as it seems very likely that the Broncos braintrust has already seen enough of the player they traded up for to select in the first round in 2016 and know he is not their franchise QB. While injuries have contibuted to Lynch’s failure to develop, the fact remains that he has seemed overwhelmed in each of his four career starts. Lynch plays the game of football too slowly to succeed at the NFL level despite great measurables and a strong arm.

The most likely scenario in Denver is for Elway to bring in a veteran starter rather than drafting another project. The window of opportunity for the Broncos’ elite defense is closing rapidly and it might shut before the team has time to develop a young QB, whether that is Lynch or someone else.

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