National Football League mock draft: Broncos, Jets swing big at quarterback


With an excellent defense and talented skill position players already in place, Cousins' addition to the Vikings could be the move that finally gets them over the top. Smith and the team have agreed on a four-year deal that will pay him $94 million, $71 million of that guaranteed.

The Redskins traded with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Alex Smith on January 30, agreeing to a four-year extension with the veteran. It all starts with free agency, but the 2018 NFL Draft is filled with prospects that can help this team build for the future. All that money is how the Jets will be able to make the rumored offer that would give Cousins $60 million.

"There's a lot of situations that work out where your Plan A is never the plan that works out and Plan B or C works out even better", Bowles said.

How do you feel about the Denver Broncos moving up to number one? The Jets were thinking of cutting 32-year-old Matt Forte before he announced his retirement during the combine.

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If the Browns were to somehow open the bank and sign Cousins, then the No. 1 overall pick will not be necessary to select a quarterback, which opens the door for a trade with Denver.

- Vikings: Is Chase Keenum the QB who looked great last season, or the one who looked bad the previous five seasons? Obviously a quarterback isn't exclusively responsible for wins and losses, but the majority of the time, good QB's can put their teams in a position to win, and Smith seems to do that well. They rank just 19th in the National Football League in available cap space this offseason. Once quarterback Kirk Cousins signs with a team, that picture will be a little clearer and we may have some insight on which team may land Cousins.

Denver now has the No. 5 overall selection in the first round along with selection No. 40 in the second round.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is not expected to be franchise tagged by the team and will be an unrestricted free agent.