Mike Maccagnan was just settling in behind the microphone Wednesday when someone jokingly asked, “So how much are you paying Kirk Cousins?”

The Jets general manager laughed and gave the company line, “He’s technically not a free agent yet, so I can’t comment on any of that stuff.”

Two weeks from now, the Jets will be in the thick of the race for Cousins, who will become a free agent officially on March 14. It is rare for an above-average quarterback to hit free agency, so the Jets are going to have plenty of competition for his services.

But the Jets could not address that directly Wednesday since Cousins remains under contract with the Redskins for another two weeks.

Instead, Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles had to speak in general terms about their plan at quarterback while meeting with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.