National Football League free agency rumors: Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

Dean Simpson
March 14, 2018

The reported deal could also make Cousins the first quarterback to receive a fully-guaranteed contract, possibly setting the precedent for similar extensions for quarterbacks like Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta's Matt Ryan in the coming months. That's $28 million per season. His agent, Mike McCartney, dismissed reports that his signing with the Vikings is a done deal.

Kirk Cousins is set to hit free agency and start a bidding war unlike anything the National Football League has ever seen, and he may have dropped a hint about his ultimate destination.

Also due to become free agents are Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota's starting quarterback in 2014 and 2015, and Sam Bradford, the starter in 2016.

Whether by his durability or his effectiveness, Cousins would be expected to come to Minnesota and end years of quarterback searches that ultimately proved fruitless.

Fellow quarterback Case Keenum, who led his Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship, reached a verbal deal with the Broncos Monday.

If the Broncos, general manager John Elway and Joseph want to turn it around right now, they have but two choices. According to Rapoport, Cousins will have dinner with Vikings coaches and other personnel Wednesday, night, then visit the team's new facility in Eagan on Thursday.

Cousins, meanwhile, has spent the past three seasons as Washington's starter, ranking fourth in passing yards, sixth in passer rating and eighth in touchdown tosses in that time.

The popular theory all along is that even if the Vikings get Cousins they'll still only have the 3rd best quarterback in the division, behind Aaron Rogers in Green Bay and Matthew Stafford in Detroit.

The contract is the main sticking point among Vikings fans.

While the Jets had more money to offer with an estimated salary cap around $100 million, they didn't have the kind of contender that Cousins could step into and immediately find success with.

The Broncos can show off their recently built, 115,000-square foot Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse, their modernized strength and conditioning room, expanded headquarters and a renovated kitchen and cafeteria that player after player says provides the best food in the NFL.

With a sparkling new stadium, stacked roster and head coaching stability, the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins. He will not be last.

Who lands where will likely be decided first, by money, followed not far behind by the aggressiveness of teams in pursuit of their prey. For 2018, the Vikings will have to make very few sacrifices to accommodate Cousins.

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