Before anyone completely scoffs at the idea of this possibility, remember that free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins has been playing under a fully guaranteed contract for the past two seasons.
Of course, that was due to the Washington Redskins franchise tagging him, and yes, the contracts were only year-long ones at that. But, so is the wild nature of a QB market that only seems to get crazier as the years go on and the league continues to get more pass-happier than ever.
Will any team (for example the Jets) offer Kirk Cousins a long-term contract that is fully-guaranteed at signing? https://t.co/SFTE8itiUh— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 17, 2018
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the New York Jets
Since Capt. Kirk will likely be looking at a five-to-six year contract, that's literally offering over $130 million dollars up front. Yikes.
New York Jets Offseason Blueprint: Kirk Cousins & Malcolm Butler Are Primary Targets https://t.co/61TdVZvWoz— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) February 16, 2018
The timing and trajectory of Cousin's scenario is unlike anything we have ever seen.
He could wait until A.J. McCarron inevitably signs a ridiculous Mike Glennon-like contract
We're not saying he can't be, but he should at least provide a larger sample-size for teams to work with before GMs jump without a parachute with hopes to land in a bed full of Tempur-Pedic pillows.
With he 29-year-old QB as close to a guarantee for success as teams will find on the market, once the other pieces fall, we can expect a record-breaking amount of guaranteed up-front money.
That will be the only standout offer in a highly competitive pool of suitors who are heavily influenced by the previous market transactions of the quarterbacks signed before him.