Vikings offer Kirk Cousins 3-year, $86M deal

Vikings offer Kirk Cousins 3-year, $86M deal

Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are also expected to sign elsewhere. "The plan is to visit Minnesota first".

Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday.

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

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts to wide receiver Andre Roberts' touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. As such, they did not franchise him and Keenum is expected to sign with the Broncos.

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Unlike other major sports leagues like the MLB, NHL and National Basketball Association, fully guaranteed contracts are a rarity in the NFL. That means the Jets, who were among the teams linked to Cousins, must look elsewhere in their search for a quarterback, and ESPN's Dianna Russini is hearing NY will target Teddy Bridgewater. He has started all 16 games for Washington over the last three seasons. Washington came to an agreement with Smith on a four-year extension, showing Cousins that the team was preparing for a future without him. You aren't going to pay the second-best quarterback on the free agent market in the neighborhood of $20 million per year to be a backup.

Though Keenum played well last season -- 22 touchdowns and 98.3 QB rating -- he was either putrid or mediocre in his previous six seasons. Had he played for the Eagles, he would have worked with quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo; if Cousins gets his deal done with the Vikings, DeFilippo would be his offensive coordinator. Minnesota doesn't necessarily "need" a cornerback, but adding a playmaker like Williams would certainly make their defense more unsafe. While he is not generally considered to be a top 10 quarterback, his strong play the last three years has not gone unnoticed.

Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that almost cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.

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