Combine Notes: Day 3 Evening Report

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The latest on free agency’s top quarterback plus contingency plans for teams who lose out on the No. 1 cornerback available top our stories in this p.m. edition of Combine Notes.

After speaking with people throughout the day, it seems there are four teams presently in the running for quarterback Kirk Cousins: the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

There’s still much to play out, but people I’ve spoken with feel it will be an uphill battle for the Jets to sign Cousins despite being the team with the ability to pay him the most money, especially in the early years of a new contract.

Several people here think the Washington Redskins were foolish to allow Cousins to walk. If they could not sign him to a long-term deal, many pointed out that the Redskins’ better option was to tag him and try to trade him, allowing the potential trading partner to work out a deal for the signal caller. And while there was risk involved for the Redskins had no suitors arrived for Cousins, in the end they feel the team would’ve ended up with a few second-day selections.

Earlier this afternoon, I mentioned that the San Francisco 49ers intend on being players for Trumaine Johnson in free agency and could trump the crosstown rival Oakland Raiders due to their extra salary cap space.

If the Raiders lose out on Johnson, they may turn to Patrick Robinson, who will be a much cheaper option. The Cardinals are also interested in Robinson if the corner hits the free-agent market.

On the injury front, I was informed that Nick Bawden, the powerful fullback from San Diego State, was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his foot and will not work out at the combine.