Swearinger also sent out a series of tweets last night that praised Fuller for his slot corner play in addition to calling the trade a "tough one". They wanted to negotiate a long-term contract extension with their free-agent quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, but had no leverage.
Their pitch: No team outside Denver needs a quarterback more than the Cardinals, who don't have one under contract in 2018 in the wake of Carson Palmer's retirement.
Theismann said defense could end up being the first thing Cousins looks at "because, believe me, defenses bail you out of a lot of bad situations".
That's the hard choice that the Jets now face. This gives Mike Maccagnan a shot at whoever he wants.
Fuller recorded 67 tackles and had four interceptions last season with the Redskins. But by the Jets' low standards, those numbers would be a remarkable upgrade.
If the Jets signed Cousins, years of quarterback angst would finally go out the window. With the quarterback question finally solved, the Jets could focus on other areas and quickly build a contender. Teams have seen him play well in the NFL. Smith had a strong 2017 season with the Chiefs, arguably the best of his career, and he has something Cousins doesn't have: extensive playoff experience. The expectation: more than $30 million a year.
The Browns were in contact with the Chiefs regarding Smith, so it's not a stretch to think that they'll be interested in Cousins.
Now, Cousins will have a chance to earn his big contract with another team.
The far less expensive option would be to draft a quarterback.
This trade means two things: 1. Browns take Sam Darnold with the first overall pick, and Giants take Josh Rosen with the second. One of them could be the next Ryan Leaf - a flat-out bust.
Their pitch: Like the Browns, the Jets have more than enough cash to meet the high financial bar that will certainly be set in the pursuit of Cousins.
Kirk Cousins was seated at a table in the Mall of America food court Wednesday when two reporters from NY approached. The kind of quarterback the Jets could win with. They have a new head coach and no quarterbacks on the roster.
The Colts now hold the 3rd overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, and there's always the lingering possibility that a quarterback starved team could trade up to the "three spot" in order to get the guy they truly want starting behind center for the next decade instead of other teams' prospect leftovers.
Wenger expects Giroud exit as Aubameyang deal inches closer
Chelsea have signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal , with Michy Batshuayi leaving Stamford Bridge to join Borussia Dortmund on loan. It means Arsenal are going to have a lot of games to negotiate, starting with next month's round-of-32 tie against Ostersunds.
Virginia rolls on, downs Louisville 74-64
The loss was also the fifth straight for Louisville against Virginia, and sixth in seven games since the Cardinals joined the ACC. Louisville ranks third in the conference in both points scored (73.4) and points allowed (58.7) in ACC games.