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Jets coach Todd Bowles said there was not a sense of disappointment around the Jets when Cousins turned them down.

“It’s never disappointing in free agency,” Bowles said Monday. “You know you have a chance at somebody. That doesn’t guarantee you anybody. You just move on. We had a Plan A, B, C and D. You just move on to the next phase of the plan.”

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“I was definitely following it,” Darnold said. “During canada goose the draft process, there’s buy canada goose jacket nothing really else to pay attention to. During that time, I was definitely paying attention to Kirk, what he was doing free agent wise and just trying to understand what team I could maybe go to, who uk canada goose outlet might pick me up. I was definitely thinking about all that stuff. At the same time, I knew I didn’t have any control over it. I was definitely paying attention and aware of all of it.”

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