The incredible 2012 class of rookie quarterbacks just became even more impressive after Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins delivered a standout performance this weekend. As a result, several NFL teams with struggling signal-callers should look to take him out of the nation’s capitol.
Cousins stood in for an injured Robert Griffin III against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, and he completed 26-of-37 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The performance helped the Redskins stop Cleveland’s three-game winning streak and take the top spot in the NFC East.
Even if Cousins had passed for 500 yards, Griffin would still be the unquestioned starter in Washington, but here are three other teams who would improve with the former Michigan State standout taking first-team snaps.
Cousins is an ideal option for the Jets, as they will likely be picking towards the middle of the first round, and the top passing prospects may be off the board.
Instead of reaching for a quarterback in April, New York could part ways with a second- or third-round draft pick for Cousins, who is just 24 years old and will have more experience and confidence next season than any rookie.
While New York has somehow managed to stay in playoff contention up until this point in the year, Mark Sanchez has done nothing to prove that he is a franchise quarterback. It is time for the Jets to move on, and Cousins is an option worth exploring.
The Cardinals have endured a stretch of atrocious play from their quarterbacks this season, but a 4-0 start and a victory over the Detroit Lions this past weekend may cause the team to miss out on the top quarterback prospects in the draft.
If this is the case, Arizona must consider trading for Cousins, as the team cannot continue with its current group of passers.
John Skelton and Ryan Lindley have been severely disappointing this year. Kevin Kolb was adequate during his brief time on the field, but he has struggled in past seasons and his campaign was derailed by injury.
The Cardinals acquired Kolb in a trade when he was a backup in Philadelphia, and the team should try to pull off a similar move involving Cousins in the offseason.
The Bills are likely regretting their decision to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick to a massive contract extension in the middle of last season, and executing a trade for Cousins offers the franchise a chance to move forward.
Fitzpatrick has just 15 touchdown passes compared to seven interceptions this season and has a passer rating of 83.5. To make matters worse, the Bills have gone 5-9 in a season in which the team had playoff aspirations.
The front office will look to make changes in the offseason, and a quarterback change would help make the Bills 25th-ranked passing offense more dynamic.
Cousins presents an intriguing option because he is still on his rookie contract and would be an inexpensive replacement for the Bills overpaid starter.