His sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, like his wardrobe, is bold. (Jeffrey T. Barnes / Associated Press)
The Minnesota Vikings may be favored to land Kirk Cousins when NFL free agency officially opens Wednesday, but Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller isn’t letting up in his campaign to convince the quarterback to come to Colorado.
In fact, he said he’s “all in 100 percent.”
Quarterbacks like Cousins don’t hit the market very often, Miller pointed out, and Cousins’s destination has dominated offseason headlines.
“It’s kind of like college again,” Miller told NFL.com’s James Palmer. “You got an athlete coming to your school and you want to try your best to get them there. And that’s the same thing with us. We would really like to have Kirk. I think him and his personality and the things that he brings to the table fits in with Denver. But there are a lot of great teams out there with large pocketbooks. So we’ll have to just wait and see. But I’ll have to give him the ultimate spiel on why Denver is special to me.”
Reports out of the NFL scouting combine that ended last week suggest that Miller has his work cut out for him, with unnamed NFL executive telling The Post’s Mark Maske that “we think he’ll end up in Minnesota.”
The Broncos are as “all in” as Miller, as Yahoo’s Charles Robinson reported, and have “examined scenarios” in which they create as much as $50 million in salary cap space, but the Vikings, with a dominant defense, cap space and an NFC championship game appearance, might be more attractive.
The question for both teams is whether they can afford whatever it will take to land Cousins. Four of the Vikings’ core players (defensive end Danielle Hunter, linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr and wide receiver Stefon Diggs) are set to become free agents after the 2018 season and Coach Mike Zimmer said at the Combine that it didn’t make sense to gut the team to sign a quarterback. But this is why teams employ capologists, so it can be done.
Broncos President John Elway told reporters last week that his aim was to “explore all options in free agency and see where that goes,” adding, “Believe me, I’m not done swinging and missing.” Elway noted that his team, which got mediocre quarterback play last season from Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, could also use its fifth overall pick in April’s draft on a QB whether directly or in a trade.
Maybe a pitch from someone like Miller will be the tipping point for Cousins. And if not?
“You always have your plan B and C,” Miller told Palmer. “We have great direction with the Denver Broncos — I said it 50 million times. Elway is as good as it gets. Whatever [direction] he takes this organization in, I’m with him. We’re tied to the hip forever. Whatever direction he takes the organization, I’m with him 100 percent.”
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