National Football League free agency 2018: Kirk Cousins reportedly to sign with Minnesota Vikings


National Football League free agency 2018: Kirk Cousins reportedly to sign with Minnesota Vikings

When Bridgwater was last seen in significant action, he completed over 65 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North and almost (should have?) won a playoff game in 2015.

Talk about a journeyman.

Last year, McCown went 5-8 as the Jets' starter (before breaking his hand), while throwing 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and compiling a 94.5 quarterback rating that ranked 11th in the NFL. Keenum also threw a miracle touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of a second-round playoff game to stun Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

The two sides plan on Cousins to sign a three-year $84 million fully guaranteed contract with the team on Thursday, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Denver can land a free agent starter or find those players in the draft, it will only help Keenum find some immediate success in a Broncos uniform. Shurmur, who helped the Vikings jump from the 28th-ranked offense in the National Football League in 2016 to 11 in 2017, is now the head coach of the New York Giants and has been replaced by former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

Cousins will visit with the Vikings first, according to NFL Network, meaning it's possible the 29-year-old quarterback could join Minnesota without hearing the Jets' full pitch. And now that the lid is off, you'd best believe other marquee free agents will ask for similar guarantees.

Not only did Cousins sign with the right team, he will instantly be the shot caller for a super bowl contender.

And while some may say Cousins should have opted for another year or two of security, it would have been a mirage if it weren't fully guaranteed. Kubiak is now the Broncos' front-office consultant. 2016 was arguably his best season, with him throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and getting named to the Pro Bowl.

Not this time. With Keenum as their quarterback, the Broncos are expected to keep Lynch as their backup.

McCown, Bridgewater, and a draft pick would make for a well-rounded quarterback room for new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who is retaining the quarterbacks coach title he had last season.

The expectation is the Broncos will soon try to trade away Siemian.

Back in the Spring of 2015, Wilson was negotiating a contract extension with the Seahawks which would make him the highest paid player at his position at the time.



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