The Jets will be in search of a quarterback this offseason, and when looking ahead to the free agency pool, there is no player more appealing than Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.
GM Mike Maccagnan is expected to have roughly $100 million to work with, and Cousins is expected to receive a lucrative deal. However, that is if he tests free agency.
Cousins likes the money he is more than likely about to receive, but getting to the playoffs and seeing a Super Bowl ring on his finger is also a top priority when choosing a team.
"Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No," Cousins told Mike Florio and Chris Simms on PFT Live. "It is about winning, and that's what I want more than anything, so I'm going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win, and that's what the focus is going to be."
The Redskins can franchise tag him just as they did the past two seasons. Cousins will go at a rate of $34 million this season if Washington does indeed decided to franchise tag their 29-year-old quarterback instead of offering a multi-year deal.
He has noted he would sign the franchise tag if the Redskins offered it, saying he is willing to let the team go in the direction it wants.
"I think we'll do what we've done the past two seasons. There's no need to change the script. Stay consistent with the plan: Let the team do what they want to do," he said. "We'll see what the Redskins want to do and then I'll react accordingly."
Many players don't see the franchise tag as a term of endearment by their team. However, Cousins credits his agent, Mike McCartney, for showing him why it isn't that big of a deal to sign it.
"There's been a false narrative out there," Cousins said. "Mike McCartney has really counseled me all along, if the team franchises you one, two, three times, just sign it."
If they don't franchise tag him, Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent, and the Jets will likely be among multiple teams vying for his services next season. He has averaged 4,392 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions with a 67 percent completion percentage over the past three seasons.
Cousins -- and every team waiting to take a leap at him -- will have to wait until March when the new league year begins to hear a decision. As of now, he isn't sure what the plan is for the future.
"We'll see where it ends," Cousins said about his time with the Redskins. "It may end this March, it may end years from now. Who knows?"