I was never much of a Star Trek fan back in the day, science fiction stuff was/is just not my bag. I do however remember William Shatner, Captain Kirk, uttering the phrase: “beam me up Scotty”.
Well, as Super Bowl week finally winds to an end, and the big game kicks off this Sunday, some off-season storylines are beginning to take shape. One of them revolves around Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins. It was always a fair bet that he would be leaving DC in the rearview mirror following this season, and now that is a virtual certainty. The Skins just made a very curious trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for their new quarterback, Alex Smith. Really Washington…Alex Smith? So, whether he’s tagged again and traded, or Washington simply allows him to become an unrestricted free agent, Cousins will be the numero uno quarterback on the market. Something tells me there will be no shortage of teams looking to beam up this Captain Kirk.
Shocking as it seems, the New York Jets just so happen to be in the market for a signal caller. Actually, haven’t they been in this same position since Joe Namath left the building? But I digress (tip of the cap to Suss Sez). If Cousins is in NYJ’s general manager, Mike Maccagnan’s crosshairs, then as mentioned earlier, he will certainly have competition. There are a number of teams looking for a quarterback, among them the: Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, etc. Which of these franchises might have the upper hand? As far as what Captain Kirk might be looking for in a new home, he had this to say to Pro Football Talk Live on Tuesday: “Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No. 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. That’s what the focus is going to be.”
Reading between the lines, that to me does not sound like an endorsement of the J – E – T – S… Jets Jets Jets. A quick look into Gang Green’s offensive statistics from 2017 does not paint the picture of a squad ready to challenge for a playoff spot next year. The Jets finished 28th in the league in total yards (season) and yards per game, and 24th in points per game (18.0) and passing yards per game. Would Cousins, who most everyone believes will sign a contract that will make him the HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY, choose a team with a wide receiving corps of Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson?
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Let’s not forget that Anderson, who led the team with 941 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns this season, was recently arrested and charged with nine crimes, including three felonies. Will he even be back with the team next season? Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a breakout campaign, but can they resign him? How about a backfield of Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, would Cousins feel like they can help him be successful? These are all questions that only Captain Kirk will have to answer.
Now if you are looking for some foreshadowing on the decision (about whether to join the Jets), one star offensive player, Pittsburgh’s stud running back Le’Veon Bell, made his feelings quite clear on twitter Thursday. Responding to a Jets fan who tweeted at him: “I speak on behalf of the New York Jets, well give you $60 million in cash if you come play for us,” his response was devastating:
Does this mean that Kirk Cousins feels the same way? I don’t think anyone knows at this point. Here is an article in fact, that lists the Jets as one of the odds on best landing spots for him. Lastly, we don’t even know if the Jets interest in Cousins is as hot and heavy as some believe. Quite frankly, I just don’t think he is that good and therefore would never in a million years pay him Aaron Rodgers money. The Jets may have bigger future quarterback plans to unveil at the upcoming NFL draft, by taking one at #6, or trading up and grabbing one earlier. So, this could all be a moot point.
Let’s pretend that the rumors are true though, and the Jets do intend to beam up Captain Kirk. With that in mind, I’ve rewritten/added a few caveats to the opening monologue of the Star Trek series:
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise (New York Jets). It’s five-year mission (contract for Captain Kirk Cousins): to explore strange new worlds (the playoffs on a consistent basis), to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man (the Jets) has gone before (the Super Bowl).”
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