I don't think it's that crazy for Denver to make a play for Cousins even if he is franchised, and I think it would make sense for Cousins too.
Considering what teams gave up for Goff and Wentz this year, is the franchise trade quota of 2 firsts really that much worse for getting a known commodity? Maybe Den can even barter it down a bit or include Lynch; the Vikes got KC to lower the franchise price on Jared Allen to a first and a 3rd. That's still a win/win for both teams.
Plus Den has all the makings to be a very good offense that can play to his strengths, they just don't have the QB to execute yet.
I know trades involving franchised players are becoming rarer and rarer after some teams have gotten burned, but this could be the one that makes sense.
I dont think Denver has the cap room. someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure they have very little cap space.