Pending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins won't be agreeing to any contracts during the two-day negotiating period, per ProFootballTalk.
Instead, Cousins wants to visit any of the prospective teams that are interested in him before making the decision. He will start visiting teams on March 14, the date of which the negotiating period ends.
If the Redskins franchise tag Cousins, which they have been considering, he wouldn't be allowed to visit teams unless Washington approved it.
The Jets, who have said they are "willing to pay whatever it takes" to land Cousins, will likely be a team the 29-year-old visits. Cousins has publicly made comments about New York's new OC Jeremy Bates, calling him a "smart hire." Bates will run a West Coast offense that would benefit Cousins' style of play that exhibits a strong, accurate arm.
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan already has over $70 million in cap space to work with, so the price tag on Cousins wouldn't be the issue. It is the pitch that the Jets are moving in a forward direction with a young, talented corps that Cousins will likely have to buy before he makes a decision.
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Cousins has expressed a desire to take his time over his decision, which makes sense since he's easily the best option available so teams will be eager to accommodate him. However, if there's any delay, some teams risk losing out on other top free agents that they may have opted to spend their money on if they didn't manage to sign Cousins.
The Jets don't really fall into that category, though, because they have plenty of cap space whether he signs or not. In fact, if they can agree any other big moves in the negotiation window, then that might make them a more attractive destination.
Reports indicate that the Denver Broncos will have interest in the next tier of veteran free agent starters, so they also might need to negotiate with the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and AJ McCarron. However, if the Jets have a "Plan B" all indications point to the option of re-signing Josh McCown and then drafting a quarterback early.
It's probably worth them doing their due diligence with the rest of the free agent quarterbacks, but the prevailing sense seems to be that they're all-in on Cousins.
Cousins' insistence on making free agent visits at least proves that money isn't the only thing on his mind. So, while the Jets may be in a position to outbid most of the other contenders, they'll also have to do a good job of selling the franchise if they want to be sure of securing his signature.