Kirk Cousins, Vikings look to be nearing agreement

Kirk Cousins, Vikings look to be nearing agreement

The Vikings have been considered the favorite to sign Cousins, who would represent an upgrade from the trio of quarterbacks - Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater - that were on their roster during the 2017 season.

Soon, Kirk Cousins' ties to the Washington Redskins will be a thing of the past. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a unsafe young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season.

Not only did Cousins sign with the right team, he will instantly be the shot caller for a super bowl contender. "I think it's a pretty short checklist". After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has made a decision to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well.Knowing I will not be putting on a Redskins jersey next season, it's hard to look back at all that's taken place and not become emotional. Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch combined to complete just 58.7 percent of their passes for 3,668 yards with 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions for a 73.0 passer rating. Given that three of the team's four quarterbacks are heading for free agency, they had to sign a player.

The #Vikings are in the driver's seat for free agent QB Kirk Cousins.

The major difference is that Cousins will be free to go after a new contract in 2021 - from the Vikings or the free agency market - no matter how he plays.

Cousins went to Michigan State and was drafted in the fourth round the same year the Redskins selected the player expected to be the face of the franchise, Robert Griffin III.

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Bridgewater suffered a serious knee injury in training camp before the 2016 season.

The Jets now hold the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is loaded with high-end quarterback prospects.

Bradford is also a free agent. They offered him a 3-year, $28M per year deal.

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If negotiations hit a snag, there would be no clear backup plan in place for the Vikings.

Those are the kind of numbers the Broncos will want for $18 million a year, not the 62 completion percentage and 1.7 TD-to-INT ratio that Keenum has averaged per season since entering the league. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and New York Jets were also in the mix for Cousins' services.