Ranking the top 6 destinations for Kirk Cousins in 2024

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins
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Kirk Cousins Destination No. 3

New England Patriots (+500 Odds)

If there is an organization that is in desperate need of a top-flight quarterback, it’s the Patriots.

Last year, head coach Bill Belichick alternated between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, and the result was a 4-13 record.

After the season, New England fired Belichick after 24 years and hired Jerod Mayo, the team’s inside linebackers coach, as his replacement. Mayo played in the NFL for eight years and is considered a bright, young head coach.

In addition to Mayo, the Pats recently hired Alex Van Pelt to run the offense. Van Pelt was fired by the Browns this offseason after spending the past four years with the organization.

While leading the offense in Cleveland, the Browns qualified for the playoffs in two of his four years on the job. Van Pelt is also a former NFL quarterback, which makes his teaching more credible to current pro signal-callers.

That’s about it as far as positives for New England and Cousins joining forces.

The roster is a mess, and it will be hard for the team to bring in quality free agents who want to play for a team in disarray.

In 2023, the Pats had a backfield that consisted of former Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott and Rhamondre Stevenson, both of whom rushed for just over 600 yards apiece.

New England doesn’t have any notable receivers, and the offensive line was ranked by PFN as the 17th-best in 2023.

There isn’t much to think about here. Cousins would be foolish to sign with a team that has a long, long way to go to be relevant.