Obviously, the Broncos are out of the Cousins chase. That means one less competitor for the quarterback-hungry Jets, but the bigger story is that the Vikings -- also in the Cousins Four -- must be confident in their ability to land him. Otherwise, why would they let the popular Keenum walk to Denver?
There's little doubt the Vikings are now the favorite. The Jets remain interested, sources said Tuesday morning, as they hope to lure the former Washington Redskins starter with the best financial package. They have a league-high $90 million in cap room, so they can front-load a contract with a boatload of cash in the first year.
Cousins is said to be seeking a three-year deal, fully guaranteed, probably in the neighborhood of $90 million. A three-year deal makes little sense for the Jets -- their entire rebuilding plan is based on long-term thinking -- but they just might be desperate enough to offer three.
The signing period begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Cousins may visit a team, probably the Vikings, so his decision may not come down until Thursday. It's not looking good for the Jets.