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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Is Kirk Cousins worth the investment vs. drafting a rookie?

The News' Path to the Passer series continued with a look at Washington's Kirk Cousins, who is expected to hit free agency after the team acquired Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

The two big decisions on Cousins are: 1) Is he the guy you want? And 2) Is he worth the money? With multiple teams expected to be in the running for his services, Cousins could demand $30 million a year on the open market.

Here's what former Washington GM Scott McCloughan said on a radio show recently: "From the standpoint of the tangibles, they’re excellent. You just need to have some talent around him because you don’t want him to be throwing the ball 35 to 40 times to win the game. You want to have a running game, have a good defense, good (special) teams, and then let him do what he does.”

Jay Skurski appropriately noted that McCloughan's description sounds a lot like the quarterback the Bills already have. A rookie quarterback would make a fraction of what Cousins will likely earn. Is Cousins that much better than what a top pick projects to be? That's for Bills GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott to decide. But speaking of rookie quarterbacks...

Mock Draft 1.0: Jay Skurski projects the Bills making a move up to No. 3 for quarterback in his first mock.

Bills exec up for Panthers GM job: Lake Dawson, the Bills' assistant director of college scouting, reportedly has second interview with Panthers for GM job.

Jerry Sullivan's mailbag: Should the Bills go after Teddy Bridgewater or Case Keenum? That question and more in Sully's mailbag, including a thought about bringing the NBA G League to Buffalo.

Not the NFL's Rookie of the Year, but... Tre'Davious White leads four Bills named to Pro Football Focus' Top 101 players.

Jim Kelly back in the hospital: Former Bills QB Jim Kelly had his gallbladder removed, according to a social media post from his daughter.

Sports Illustrated ranks Bills as third 'neediest' team this offseason: SI was on target about the Bills' needs ... but ranking them third-highest feels like a stretch.

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Are the Bills in play for Nick Foles? Vegas has odds for everything, including Nick Foles' landing spot. I'd bet on the Eagles, but the Bills made the list at 7-1.

Will Bills think Billy Price is right to fill center need? The Bills need a center with Eric Wood presumably retiring. Could this Ohio State lineman be a fit?

The chart says... The Bills have the sixth-most draft capital in 2018, according to the old Jimmy Johnson value chart, which has been criticized for over-valuing top picks and undervaluing mid-round selections.

Gotta be able to laugh at yourself: Preston Brown once again pokes fun at himself, this time for his botched onside kick.

Daily Drive Podcast: Discussing the Bills' coaching staff changes.

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