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Jets Mailbag: Could Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell reunite with Jets?

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What would it take to reunite Michigan State teammates Kirk Cousins and Le’Veon Bell? It would totally change the offense. — @mwhit80

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Kirk Cousins (left) and Le'Veon Bell wore immature for Michigan State as college stars, and they'd instantly help Gang Green by coming to New York.

Kirk Cousins (left) and Le’Veon Bell wore immature for Michigan State as college stars, and they’d instantly help Gang Green by coming to New York.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun; Darren Cummings)

Can you suppose the Jets pulling this off? It would instantly interpose Todd Bowles’ group with proven commodities, but let me do the honors of being a Debbie Downer: It’s not happening. It creates ideal clarity in a opening given the team’s vivid needs at quarterback and OW (“Offensive Weapon,” to steal a Jacksonville Jaguars term), but the total cost tags will be too steep.

Mike Maccagnan would have to lot out some-more than $60 million in full guarantees at signing for Cousins. Bell incited down the Steelers’ five-year offer last summer that enclosed $30 million in the first two years (and $42 million in the first 3 years). It doesn’t make much financial clarity for the Jets to flow that much rob into a using back … even yet the soon-to-be 26-year-old Bell is a energetic weapon.

Cousins and Bell played two seasons together in college. It would be a cold story for them to reunite in the NFL, but it’s not unsentimental given the realities of their financial goals. Neither one is going to offer to play on a discount, that’s for damn sure.

If income weren’t a factor, I’d sign up for a Cousins-Bell combo platter right now. Although the Jets will have about $100 million of income top space, don’t get held up in that number. The only thing that matters is that the Jets have plenty top space. The many critical cause is this: How much CASH are Woody and Christopher Johnson peaceful to spend this offseason? Breaking the bank for Cousins and Bell is rarely unlikely.

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The Jets will have seductiveness in Cousins (assuming Washington doesn’t slap a $34.5 million authorization tab on him), but there are rumblings on One Jets Drive that they won’t mangle the bank if the behest for his services escalates.

If the Jets were to make a pierce for Alex Smith, what would we give up? Both of the second-round picks? — @MikeDvornek

NOV. 19, 2017, FILE PHOTO

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

(Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Alex Smith Watch will be fascinating this offseason. On one hand, he would be a ideal fit for the Jets, who could use Smith for the next 2-3 years. On the other hand, there is no way the Jets should trade both of their second-round picks for a soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback with only one year left on his contract.

Smith is coming off career-highs in flitting yards, quarterback rating, touchdowns and execution rate. He was in the NFL MVP review for the first 6 weeks of the season. The Chiefs are looking to palm over the signal-caller keys to Patrick Mahomes, so they’ll try to fist every bit of remuneration out of quarterback-needy squads. In case you’ve lived in a cavern for the past half-century, the Jets fit that description.

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Before the 2017 season, we wouldn’t have ponied up anything some-more than a third-rounder for Smith, but it will substantially take some-more to get him after his career year. Should the Jets give up one of their second-round picks for Smith, who only has 33 regular-season interceptions in 5 seasons in Kansas City (61 games)? I’d substantially make that deal, but the feeling is that it will take more.

Remember: The Chiefs traded two second-round picks to the 49ers 5 years ago for (a younger) Smith. I’m certain they’d like a identical return.

Smith would be a peculiarity plug-and-play starter in 2018, but what happens after that? He’s scheduled to make $17 million (with bottom income and bonuses) in the final year of his deal. He’ll be a free agent after 2018. What if he walks after one season?

You mentioned formerly that Jets would like to sign or trade for a maestro QB rather than breeze one. Thoughts on Bridgewater, AJ McCarron, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum? — @luigisctt

Yes, the Jets prefer to bring in a plug-and-play starter while building a younger one. Give me Teddy Bridgewater any day of the week from your list. He’s immature (25) with playoff experience. Sure, there’s some magnitude of risk given his disgusting knee damage that kept him sidelined for scarcely two seasons. But the upside is there. Signing Bridgewater and drafting another quarterback would creates sense.

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Here’s the hulk catch: we don’t trust the Vikings will let him shake free. I’d design Minnesota to sign Bridgewater to a reasonable multi-year understanding before the central start of free agency.

Sam Bradford? Case Keenum? No thanks. Josh McCown is a better option if you’re meditative along those lines.

What’s the better QB pierce – All-in on a FA/trade (Kirk, Smith, Taylor, McCarron) and use breeze to residence other needs? Or sign a bridge/mentor and breeze a QB in Round 1? — @mickeysanto

That’s a difficult doubt from a Latex salesman. All of these quarterback solutions apparently count on the complement being run. So, the Jets need to establish that first. Will John Morton be back as the play caller? If not, what complement will the Jets employ? Once you figure that out, you can aim the quarterbacks that make clarity for that scheme.

Generally speaking, we consider the Jets need a plug-and-play vigilance tourist that can help them bide time for two or 3 years, if need be, while building a younger player at the position. If the Jets had one of the top two picks in the arriving draft, it’d be much easier to go all-in with Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen.

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The Jets would likely have to trade up from No. 6 to land Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who isn’t going to light the NFL on fire as shortly as he stairs onto the margin anyway. Allen has intriguing skills, but he will need time to develop. Here’s the rub: Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles don’t have lifelong contracts. Can possibly of them really means a third uninterrupted 5-11 season? Probably not. The playoffs in 2018 competence not be a mandate, but you can gamble that Christopher and Woody Johnson would like to see some-more wins than the past two seasons. I’m not certain Allen will get you there as a rookie.

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

(Ryan Kang/AP)

However, if the Jets brain trust falls in adore with Allen (or anyone else within distinguished distance), I’ve always believed that they should go for it. But there can be no gray area. The powers that be must be totally sole on the immature quarterback. And I’m not so certain that any singular vigilance tourist within distinguished stretch falls into that category.

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Do you see any unfolding where San Francisco signs Cousins and deals Jimmy Garoppolo to the Jets in a trade? I’ve been observant given he was traded that he would adore the event to get atonement against the Patriots twice a year. — @knighthawk_45

Jimmy G. and Kyle Shanahan will be making honeyed music in the Bay Area for the next decade. Oh, and Garoppolo couldn’t caring reduction about adhering it to the Patriots. He schooled a lot inside the gates of The Evil Empire.

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If you were the Jets, would you trade up for a quarterback or trade down for some-more picks and breeze quarterback in second round? — @BigJetsexy

It depends on what happens in free group and before the draft. If the Jets sign or trade for a maestro like Cousins, Smith, Taylor or Bridgewater, I’d take the Best Player Available at No. 6 and breeze a quarterback later.

Jets aren’t really going breeze Lamar Jackson at No. 6, right? — @ProfCuddyj

You have a better probability of being drafted at No. 6 than Jackson. He’s not a care that early. So, exhale.

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Do you consider Chad Pennington will ever coach? What’s your take on his coaching future if he wanted to? — @JudoChop80

By all accounts, Pennington is a splendid guy. He was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship once on a time, after all. But it’s a grub being a NFL coach. Just ask Rich Gannon, who had an epiphany this week that resulted him subsidy out of Jon Gruden’s offer to join his staff. we don’t know how Pennington is wired. Maybe he’d adore that life. Either way, he strikes me as someone who would attain in just about anything he pursues.

Why is it that a beginner Alabama quarterback who has never played is better than the Jets backup quarterbacks? — @cherzeca

Tua Tagovailoa had a night to remember … and maybe has a splendid future, but let’s not get forward of ourselves.

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Do you see any way Christian Hackenberg is the starting quarterback for the Jets next year? — @Leone88M

It’s not going to happen. There is a genuine probability that Hackenberg won’t be on the group in 2018. The best march of movement for the group and the player is to partial ways at the start of the new joining year in Mar so that he can find a place that will give him a better event to play at some point. He will not have that probability with the Jets, so it creates little clarity to keep him on the register to collect dirt for a third season.

How much will Bowles’ inability to significantly rise Petty or Hack impact Mac’s decision on a QB path? If he feels Bowles can’t rise a immature QB, competence this pull him to a maestro (Smith, Cousins)? — @Wilmonger

Your grounds is wrong. Petty and Hackenberg competence have had poor instruction in 2015, but coaching wasn’t the issue this season. Quarterbacks manager Jeremy Bates is regarded as the best descent mind in the building. He was a superb teacher for the immature quarterbacks.

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Is it probable to get Jimmy G from the Niners? Trade Mo and a couple first rounders? — @Micjeffry

You could get some-more on the open marketplace for a box of dozen donuts than Mo Wilkerson (and his magisterial contract) these days.

Who is your personal favorite QB in this year’s breeze class? — @GetMeRaulIbanez

Sam Darnold. Good for football. Good for America. (Although we also adore Josh Rosen’s skills and intellect.)

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Any probability that the Jets trade up in front of the Giants and have the series one altogether selection? — @The_rock954

Maccagnan has inquired about trade up that high in the past, but the cost was always too steep. Does it make clarity now to tummy your breeze collateral for Darnold?

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