Five Quarterback Options for the Cardinals in 2017

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Kirk Cousins isn’t likely to be available, but if he is, the Cardinals should pursue him.

One name on the list of free agents to be is Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. The likelihood of him leaving Washington is extremely remote, but would perhaps be the best option.

Cousins was mostly an afterthought in Washington’s 2012 draft. The fourth-round pick was the second quarterback taken by them, having selected Robert Griffin III in round one. However, as Griffin began to suffer from injuries, Cousins found himself thrust into the starters role, and he has thrived. The Cardinals, and many other teams, could use him in 2017 and beyond. He’s young, experienced, and has all the traits an NFL team could want.

The biggest problem with Cousins is that he just isn’t going to be available. The Redskins will either get a long-term deal done with him, or use the franchise tag on him before he reaches free agency. They’re in position to be a playoff contender for several years, so it makes no sense for them to get rid of their franchise quarterback.

There is little to no chance of Cousins leaving Washington, but it will be a fun topic of conversation for Cardinals fans, until the Redskins lock him up.