Davante Adams Backs Raiders Interest in 4-Time Pro Bowl QB

Raiders Face Key Quarterback Decision This Offseason.

by Nouman Rasool
Davante Adams Backs Raiders Interest in 4-Time Pro Bowl QB
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In a pivotal move shaping their upcoming season, the Las Vegas Raiders, under the fresh leadership of newly appointed head coach Antonio Pierce, face a crucial decision regarding their quarterback lineup. With Jimmy Garoppolo's tenure with the team likely nearing its end and Aidan O’Connell's performance not quite sealing his status as the definitive starter for the next season, the Raiders find themselves at a crossroads.

The team's position in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, holding the 13th pick in the first round, might limit their access to the cream of the rookie quarterback crop. However, the silver lining appears in the form of available seasoned quarterbacks, adding an interesting dynamic to the Raiders' strategy.

In this context, star wide receiver Davante Adams’ recent comments on his preferred quarterback choice have stirred the waters.

Adams Endorses Cousins

Speaking on the “Two G’s in a Pod” podcast on January 18, Adams expressed his admiration for Kirk Cousins, highlighting his reliability and skills.

“I like a Kirk Cousins,” Adams remarked. “I think Kirk Cousins is a really good quarterback. As far as availability, I think Kirk is a good player”. This endorsement comes at a crucial juncture, as Cousins’ contract with the Minnesota Vikings is set to expire, making him a free agent.

His availability could be a game-changer for teams like the Raiders, who might be considering him as a potential interim solution or even as a mentor to a rookie quarterback. The Raiders' decision on Kirk Cousins hinges on their offensive approach.

While Cousins excels in a pocket-focused, Shanahan-style system, possibly under a coordinator like Klint Kubiak, a shift towards mobility, as favored by potential coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, might render him less suitable for the Raiders' evolving playbook.

Kirk Cousins' Achilles injury poses a dilemma for the Las Vegas Raiders. At 36, Cousins' fitness is crucial, especially following the team's costly misstep with Jimmy Garoppolo. The Raiders, with a young roster and coach, must judiciously assess investing in Cousins.

While his experience is valuable, Cousins might prefer a Super Bowl-contending team, leaving the Raiders to navigate a critical decision for their future strategy.

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