Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been linked to the Denver Broncos, speculatively, on many occasions.
He’s been given the franchise tag repeatedly in Washington, though the Redskins seem unlikely to give him a big contract. The Broncos obviously have a need at quarterback, and John Elway may not feel like drafting and developing one after the way things have gone with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. There’s a clear fit there if Cousins becomes a free agent.
As such, with the Redskins and Broncos preparing to play on Sunday, he was asked some rather leading questions.
“Kirk Cousins did not bite on the ‘Did you model your game after John Elway (wink, wink)?’ question,” noted Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
He’s being careful. He doesn’t want to say anything that would start a flurry of rumors before the 2017 season ends. The offseason is long and there’s a lot that has yet to happen. Here’s what Cousins would say:
“I grew up in the Chicago area and the moved to Michigan when I was in middle school. I was a big college football fan most of my years growing up, more so than pro football. So I followed a lot of Big Ten quarterbacks. A guy like Drew Brees came to mind, when he was at Purdue. Drew is a guy I’ve always kind of studied along with all the big names — the Tom Bradys, Peyton Mannings, Aaron Rodgers. I just try to learn from them and study why they’ve been successful, what they’ve done and how they’ve developed as a player through their years in this league. I remember certainly watching John Elway when he was playing at a high level and winning Super Bowls. Played for coach Shanahan here in Washington and he obviously has a lot of connections in Denver. I’m a football fan and I enjoy learning from anybody and everybody that’s done it at a high level.”
This won’t kill the rumors and speculation, but Cousins isn’t giving anything away yet.