Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cousins To Sign With Vikings

Cousins To Sign With Vikings

But if you're a fantasy football owner who thinks this potential pairing of Cousins and the Vikings will vault him from solid QB to elite, step back for a sec.

The biggest free agent fish in the sea, quarterback Kirk Cousins, is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. "That's all we can say right now". Schefter reports Cousins intends to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings on Thursday.

However, in his fourth season, Cousins was tabbed as Washington's starting quarterback, and he obliged by throwing for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 picks while leading the league with a completion percentage of 69.8. He mistakenly tagged the Vikings and Jets in the note on his personal website before quickly removing them, further igniting the rumors of his top destination choices. With some big-name quarterbacks on the market this season, the first three major quarterback names have already found a new team, and the deals are coming in.

The Vikings have reached the playoffs in two of the last three years.

With Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford effectively off the market, the Jets are prepared to roll the dice on former Vikings signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings feel like they got that quarterback, and as a team who made it to last year's NFC Championship Game, feel like Cousins is that final piece to the Super Bowl puzzle. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a risky young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news but Cousins's agent said the deal was not yet done - free agency does not open until Wednesday in any case. Cousins didn't seem to want to negotiate with Washington, so they replaced him with Alex Smith.

With huge cap hits early and none late, it essentially translates to a deal for Stafford that is fully guaranteed for the first few years but left up to the team to decide whether or not to keep near the end of the contract. Bradford is close to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals and Bridgewater was being targeted by the New York Jets. He then repeated as the No. 5 quarterback this past season with 4,093 yards and 27 scores despite having to work with the Redskins' lackluster receiver corps.

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