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There was supposed to be another frontrunner in the race for Kirk Cousins, and they might’ve had as good a shot as anyone.

49ers general manager John Lynch reflected Thursday on what the team originally had in mind for its quarterback of the future, which had little to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, now the NFL’s second richest man. First-year coach Kyle Shanahan, who knew Cousins from his time with the Redskins, was apparently all-in on the 2018 free agent, even after the 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots last season.

“We made the [Garoppolo] trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was, like, in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually,” Lynch said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo.” “I was proud of Kyle, because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise. And he didn’t hesitate.

Cousins one-upped him when he agreed to terms with the Vikings last week on a deal that will pay him $28 million each year, with all $84 million guaranteed.

No matter, the 49ers are content with the guy who blew them away.

“We saw a guy who made everybody around him better, and I think that’s the mark of a great leader. That’s the mark of a great quarterback,” Lynch said. “There’s not a huge sample size, so there’s a lot of faith involved in our decision, absolutely. But we’re excited for his future.”

The Jets contingent includes general manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.

The Jets hold the No. 3 pick in next month’s draft after trading up with the Colts. They signed veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, but are still looking for a long-term answer at the position.

New Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson was asked if he and Morris Claiborne can form the best cornerback tandem in football.

“Why not?” Johnson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I’m going to hold him accountable, and I know he’s going to hold me accountable. I just can’t wait to go out there and compete with the guys.”

The Jets signed Johnson to a five-year, $72.5 million contract with $34 million fully guaranteed at signing. But he is not worried about living up to that deal.

“No pressure at all,” he said. “I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the game. I’ve been confident all my life. I love winning, and I can’t wait to get started with this defense.”
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Kirk Cousins’ door to 49ers closes, but opens to other teams, including his own

The football universe has a sense of humor, so it made sense when the planets aligned Monday night to make Kirk Cousins’ future look so complicated in such a short time.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Friday’s win that neither injury has been an issue recently, despite the increase in long balls Kershaw has allowed. “In the fourth, fifth and sixth [innings] his slider just wasn’t there so he was going with this fastball … I think he’s strong, he’s healthy. Since he’s been back he has continued to get better. Obviously we know the history, but managing him in his start, I’m not thinking about the back.”

While Iowa State has had success against ranked opponents, West Virginia has struggled. Holgorsen’s teams won four of their first five game against ranked foes, but just three of the next 20. They’ve fallen in 10 of the last 11 opportunities, with this season’s win against Texas Tech the lone outlier.

If the Mountaineers can regain their edge, they can play with anyone in the conference.

Iowa State and West Virginia will meet for the sixth time this Saturday with the Mountaineers holding the series lead at 4-1.

The series is tied at 1-1 in games played in Morgantown. Iowa State’s lone victory at WVU was a 52-44, triple overtime win in 2013 when the Cyclones battled back from a 31-7 deficit to record its largest comeback victory (24 points) in school history.patriots_118