Kirk Cousins is going to be expensive for Washington to keep longer than the 2017 season. After giving him the franchise tag for a second consecutive offseason, Cousins is set to make $23.94 million and become a free agent next spring.
The one intangible New England’s deep receiving rotation can’t be counted on to replace is Edelman’s ability to come through in the clutch. His value has never been exemplified more than when he made an absolute circus sideshow catch to keep the Patriots’ improbable Super Bowl comeback alive last February.
Coach Hue Jackson chose Kizer as his starter because no one else in the competition — Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler or Kevin Hogan — did anything to stake a claim to the job.
There’s plenty of reason not to make Cousins the highest-paid player in the NFL. Yes, he made a Pro Bowl in 2016 with another extremely efficient season and some of the league’s best passing statistics. But he was atrocious in the red zone and completed fewer than a third of his passes inside the 10-yard line.
With all his passing production, Washington finished No. 3 in total offense but couldn’t crack the top 10 in scoring.
More importantly, Edelman’s injuries healed Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada before the postseason — he hasn’t missed a playoff Wholesale Jerseys All game since 2012. Not being able to count on him in the biggest games of the year will be painful, but the leveled-up postseason play of receivers like Amendola will help mitigate that loss.