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NFL free agency is just over a week away, but Kirk Cousins seems to be getting a head start on his decision-making.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pro Bowl quarterback tweeted a photo of himself at age 18, the last time he was a free agent, then asked for suggestions of where he should sign.

As of this writing, Cousins’ tweet has generated more than 5,000 replies in an hour and a half, and some of them are quite colorful.

Former NFL lineman and ESPN analyst Damien Woody made a pitch for the Jets, who could certainly use a quarterback these days.

NFL Network personality Adam Rank suggested the Browns, which was met with exactly the reaction you would expect.

Meanwhile, Cousins’ mentions filled with Broncos fans and Vikings fans and all sorts of other fans earnestly arguing for their favorite teams, as if the quarterback would read and consider each reply.

Don’t worry, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were represented.

But the most notable response to Cousins came from Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who pointed out that the Pro Bowler throwing to himself and Demaryius Thomas could be “dangerous,” then replied to several fans who questioned him.

Is this, along with Von Miller’s plea for Cousins on ESPN’s First Take, a violation of the NFL’s notoriously strict tampering rules? Sure seems like it. But maybe the fine would be worth it for Sanders, Miller and the Broncos. Denver could seriously use a veteran quarterback, and Cousins is easily the best available. And given that reports have him leaning toward the Vikings while also considering the Jets, it already seems like time for a last-ditch Broncos appeal.

Anyway, Cousins will soon make his decision, one that will probably come down to money, location, likelihood of winning and all the other things that affect athletes’ free-agent choices. It will presumably not come down to suggestions on Twitter, but it was nice of him to solicit them anyway.

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