3 dark horse teams that could trade for Kirk Cousins in 2022

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Miami Dolphins

If there is a team in the NFL that can not only afford the $35 million cap hit Kirk Cousins will have in 2022 if he’s traded to another team, but can also afford a potential extension for the quarterback, it’s the Miami Dolphins.

Currently, the Dolphins are projected to have more than $63 million in cap space when the new league year begins on March 16. That’s more cap space than what any other team in the NFL is currently projected to have this year.

Back in February, the Dolphins hired Mike McDaniel to be their new head coach. McDaniel has been coaching in the NFL since 2006 and he’s basically gone wherever his good friend Kyle Shanahan gets hired.

Speaking of Shanahan, the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he is someone who has openly admitted in the past to wanting Cousins as his starting quarterback one day. It would probably be pretty safe to assume that Shanahan has discussed the possibility of the 49ers acquiring Cousins with McDaniel in their time together.

Since his arrival, McDaniel has proclaimed his commitment to getting the most out of Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. But what if the new head coach of the Dolphins views Cousins as a better fit for his offense than Tagovailoa?

Given Miami’s significant amount of cap space and McDaniel’s past relationship with a Kirk Cousins admirer, the Dolphins could definitely be a team that attempts to acquire the Vikings quarterback.