The Miami Dolphins have recently been linked with the likes of Baker Mayfield because his comment on Kenny Stills’ Instagram Live stating “#GetMeToMiami”.

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Since then, Mayfield has apologized and said he would play anywhere he gets an opportunity at, but, that doesn’t mean his drive to play for the Dolphins isn’t prominent. Although Mayfield would be an exciting prospect for coach Adam Gase, the recent trade of Alex Smith to the Redskins might have just opened up a better option for the Fins in Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins is a free agent and is looking for somewhere to cement a starting spot. He wasn’t poised to go back to Washington next season, but now with Alex Smith being traded and signing a four-year contract with the Redskins, a return is completely off of the table. The Chiefs trading Smith gave the impression that Cousins would possibly sign with Kansas City, but it was actually just a money-positive move by KC, trying to clear up Smith’s contract in order to sign free agents in 2018. The Chiefs instead will look to develop their promising QB in first-round pick Patrick Mahomes with consistent minutes, bringing Cousins one step closer to Miami.

The Denver Broncos will look to compete for the former Redskins man signature though, as they want to bring in an experienced quarterback to spur them into the playoff picture. For Miami, having Ryan Tannehill on the payroll might make it difficult to compete for Cousins, as Tannehill’s contract is colossal. The Dolphins would have to offer Cousins a hefty contract and a starting spot in order to entice him, which would see Ryan Tannehill jobless in Miami.

A Tannehill trade could be in the works then, as it looks Adam Gase and the Dolphins organization are quite keen on bringing in the former Washington quarterback. The Fins would like to trade Tannehill out of the AFC, being that he still could produce in the right offense, with suitors in New York and Arizona. The Giants are looking for a new QB, with Eli Manning under producing and lost faith in back up Geno Smith, but getting rid of Manning’s contract will be vital if a deal were going to happen. The Cardinals will look for a replacement after the retirement of Kurt Warner as well, possibly offering up draft picks and a player to send Tannehill in the opposite direction.

Trading the lackluster Tannehill would then free up the cap space Miami would need in order to fight for Cousins, while also giving the Dolphins a little bit more cap room to sign some much needed defensive free agents and Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins are still vying to tie up Landry, and will need to give him a reason to stay. Landry recently spoke out about the current contract negotiations with Miami, saying he’s felt “disrespected” by the Dolphins organization, seemingly plotting an exit already. He is a top ten wide receiver in the league, ranking first in receiving receptions and fourth in most touchdowns receiving touchdowns in 2017, and will be looking to find a passer who can match his talent. Coming off of a stellar year in Washington and being ranked the eighth best QB in the league this season, Kirk Cousins looks like just the man to compliment Landry and turn the Miami Dolphins into a playoff team once again.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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