FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Kirk Cousins said he didn’t intend to disrespect the Jets.
In a documentary about his free agency, Cousins informs his wife that the Jets offered him $90 million fully guaranteed over three years, and that he hopes it gets the Vikings to give him more. It was widely believed he used the Jets.
With the Vikings visiting MetLife Stadium this weekend to face the Jets, Cousins was asked about it Wednesday, and he never really answered the question. He continued to say it had more to do with the Vikings, who gave him three years and $84 million.
“That show was meant to show the journey and meant to show how impressed I was with the Minnesota Vikings,” Cousins told reporters in Minnesota. “It was not meant to be a slight to anybody else.
“I have tremendous respect for coach [Todd] Bowles. I’ve played against him. He’s had my lunch a couple of times. Jeremy Bates, their offensive coordinator, is a phenomenal coach and play-caller; he’s doing a great job this year. So it was really meant to show the Vikings as a great fit for us, nothing more.”
Cousins never acknowledged how seriously he considered signing with the Jets.
“It was a process of 2 ½ months of trying to research,” Cousins said. “Once I found out my former team, the Redskins, was out it was probably a month and a half of trying to gather information on all those teams that were still looking for a quarterback.
“For a month and a half I was really trying to dive into coaching staffs, rosters, the whole nine yards.”
The Jets moved quickly after finding out Cousins rejected their offer. They put together the trade with Indianapolis that resulted in the Jets drafting Sam Darnold. Bowles said he didn’t know how close Cousins was to taking the Jets’ offer.
“It all depends on who you ask,” Bowles said. “I don’t really look back and see. You either get him or you don’t. We didn’t have him. We’re happy with Sam. I’m sure they’re happy with Kirk.”