Since the Broncos traveled to FedEx Field in December and lost to the Redskins, Denver star linebacker Von Miller has been very vocal in his praise for Kirk Cousins.
Before that game, Miller called Cousins an "elite" quarterback, and the effusive flattery has only gone up in the months since it's become clear the Redskins passer will hit free agency.
In the past few weeks, Miller has been all over social media trying to woo Cousins to Denver.
You’re absolutely right! If Kirk loves rainbows, I LOVE RAINBOWs! Lol https://t.co/yhNptowJg4— Von Miller (@VonMiller) February 12, 2018
Well, Miller isn't the only one.
Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas got on Twitter to explain why the Browns are the best place for Cousins.
I hear Cleveland is nice this time of year, that is, if you’d like to have a statue someday... https://t.co/Geo5CzvI5J— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) February 15, 2018
You could make MORE money and MORE history in Cleveland than anywhere else, by FAR. Don’t just go and be another quarterback somewhere else! https://t.co/tVPqv8pdPB— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) February 15, 2018
Here's the thing: Thomas is right.
The Browns have significantly more salary cap room available to throw cash at Cousins, and Cleveland has been so bad for so long that even moderate success would garner tremendous support. In the last two seasons, the Browns have won one game. 1-31 over the last two years. Should Cousins go to Cleveland and they win even five games it would register as significant improvement.
One problem for Cousins will be his repeated stance that his free agency decision won't be about just money. He wants to win, and choosing Cleveland over Denver will not be about winning.
Maybe Thomas will need to work on his sales pitch, because if it's about winning, Miller can show that shiny Super Bowl ring from just three seasons ago.
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