Von Miller believes Kirk Cousins would take the Denver Broncos “over the edge” if the team wins the race to sign the free agent quarterback for 2018.
Speaking on The Dan Patrick Show, the Broncos talisman, admits he’s had conversations with Cousins, who will hit the free agent market in March after the Washington Redskins opted not to tag him and instead traded for Alex Smith from Kansas City.
A four-year extension for Smith, who had one year remaining on his current contract with the Chiefs, means Washington has a QB locked down for the next five years, something they were never able to do with Cousins, who is set for a big pay day.
The big question remains whether John Elway and the Broncos front office can convince Cousins that the team is capable of winning now and get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 with him at the helm.
Both the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are in the market for a franchise quarterback, and boast plenty of cap space in 2018 compared to the Broncos, while Jacksonville and Minnesota could be attractive destinations for Cousins off the back of their runs to AFC and NFC Championship games.
Adding a veteran quarterback to win now was a strategy that worked for Elway when he lured Peyton Manning to the Broncos in 2012, but the Broncos also hold the number five overall pick and would be in line to draft one of the top quarterbacks coming into the NFL in 2018.
The other issue for the Broncos is how they can afford to pay Cousins the huge contract he will command without parting company with a number of star players.
Already, the Broncos are rumoured to be shopping Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib, running back CJ Anderson, and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.