March 17, 2018

Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings

14 March 2018, 04:44 | Anna Jefferson

Broncos expected to sign free agent quarterback Case Keenum

Here's where we stand with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins and other QB options

The only other quarterback now signed by the Vikings is former undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter.

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract with the Vikings, Adam Schefter of reports.

The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month's National Football League draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator. Now, the Jets can get you $100 million guaranteed- fully guaranteed- but you ain't winning jack.

The day before free agency has been a big one for the Minnesota Vikings.

Bradford, 30, and Bridgewater, 25, were attempting to return from injuries at the tail end of the 2017 season as their Vikings charged into the NFC Championship Game behind starter Case Keenum. That said, trusting Keenum, who was a one-year wonder in Pat Shurmur's system, was a risky proposition. And while there were other teams interested in him, teams really had to sweeten the pot for Kirk to sign with them.

- Team will Cousins choose?

The reward clearly outweighed the risk for Minnesota in dumping a truckload of money on Cousins' doorstep. While he has put up some excellent numbers during his time with the Redskins, those haven't directly translated to wins. Betting odds are one thing for bookkeepers; in Minnesota, the Vikings couldn't afford to play the wrong hand with Cousins and strike out on their most critical decision in years. Yes, the team's defense was poor for most of his tenure in D.C., but truly elite quarterbacks are able to carry their teams in spite of major weaknesses. Cousins might not ever come. What is certain is that by adding Cousins the Vikings are willing to take a big-time swing at ending that drought. That means Cousins will receive the entire balance of the contract regardless of whether he is injured or the team opts to cut him for poor performance.

Cousins did issue a public farewell to the fans of the Washington Redskins on Monday.

And it's not just that the Broncos' quarterbacks were depressing, but that they had to move around the same pieces, trying to get them to fit. The Vikings have been targeting Cousins for weeks and did not make much of an effort to retain Keenum.

The 2018 quarterback battery should be Keenum, a devout Christian and avid outdoorsman ("He's from Texas", Wade Phillips would say), and mystery man Chad "Swag" Kelly.

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