March 18, 2018

Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings

13 March 2018, 09:38 | Randolph Howard

Credit Aaron Doster—USA TODAY Sports

Credit Aaron Doster—USA TODAY Sports

Cousins' career record as a starter is 26-30-1, and the Redskins, who went 10-6 with Robert Griffin III in 2012, were never better than 9-7 with Cousins as a starter.

With the announcement of Alex Smith being traded to the Washington Redskins, Cousins' years in Washington effectively came to an end.

Kirk Cousins' first free agent visit will be with the Vikings.

By signing a fully guaranteed contract, Cousins has all the power.

According to multiple sources, Kirk Cousins will be the next starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.

Kirk Cousins has been an enigma for the NFL.

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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. If he wants the money AND the opportunity to play on a team that's ready to contend right now, then, the Vikings are the obvious choice. Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu already alluded to changes coming when he said Thursday that the team asked him to take a pay cut. What's up with that? They have not been the favorites and they might not even get the chance to speak with him.

Cousins is the most sought-after free agent this offseason after throwing for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions last season. At this point the Saints don't appear eager to add any more to that figure. However, NFL Media reported Tuesday that Brees will get a two-year, $50 million deal to return to New Orleans. How many years did Minnesota lock him down for? And Cousins was the best player on the market, so he will be a fit for the team. By the time there was a desire on the Redskins' part that December, it was too late and Cousins was eyeing free agency, or the franchise tag. Adam Caplan said as much over the weekend on Sirius Radio, while NFL Network's Ian Rapoport described the Vikings as still being in the drivers' seat for Cousins.

The former Pro Bowler will likely face pressure from fellow players to take the guarenteed money on offer, as the move would dramatically alter the future of free agency for elite players and quarterbacks in particular. 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.

The Cardinals would guarantee Cousins close to $90 million in the first three years.

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