As the MMQB's Albert Breer points out, Cousins helped shift some negotiating power to the players.
"This position is such a priority and such a premium in this league because you're getting after one of the most important positions". The Broncos cut money (Aqib Talib) to spend money (Case and Co.) and shouldn't stop now. Last year, the Vikings waited until April 3 to sign Keenum for $2 million.More news: Nicole Kidman to lead another HBO series The Undoing
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They could have turned to Teddy Bridgewater, who after missing two seasons because of a catastrophic leg injury appeared on the road to recovery and remained a favorite of the coaching staff, players and fans alike. "After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has made a decision to move on to another option and, in turn my family and I will be moving on as well". They left room to grow the roster. "I think it's a pretty short checklist".
SKIP BAYLESS: Wait, because the best quarterback in football's still in Foxboro? We didn't play well there previous year. The Chargers should lead the pack, followed by a rejuvenated Raiders team with Gruden lighting fires under certain players, and then, perhaps the Broncos, but mostly due to their defense. Enough with veteran quarterbacks starting since it's beginning to get exhausting when other teams that start rookie quarterbacks get that offensive spark since they have everything to prove. KUSA-TV in Denver reported he will receive at least $36 million over two years.
The Vikings have such a window right now in which they possess one of the NFL's top defensive units and an offense that took a major step last season under coordinator Pat Shurmur. Just like when the Eagles began trading up the first round in 2016 with sights set on Carson Wentz, the Bills revealed the same intentions to grab their franchise quarterback when they swapped spots with the Bengals.
Cleveland's possession of the No. 1 and 4 overall picks has created multiple scenarios that include making Penn State running back Saquon Barkley the top overall selection and then addressing quarterback three slots later - if at all. "... We'll be open for business on the fifth pick depending on how things fall".