March 18, 2018

Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings Thursday

14 March 2018, 04:45 | Sandy Nunez

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

Kirk Cousins took a risk on himself and it paid off, it's now time for the Minnesota Vikings to take a risk on Cousins in hopes it pays off in a Super Bowl win. Keenum's unlikely turn as the Vikings' starter - during which he passed for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns while leading the team to the NFC Championship Game - created a market for him in free agency. They have not been the favorites and they might not even get the chance to speak with him. That would make him the highest paid quarterback in National Football League history, in terms of guarantees. But the opportunity to sign Cousins is a rare one that could not be passed up.

Is the 29-year-old Cousins worth that type of guaranteed money?

The contract is the main sticking point among Vikings fans.

They were expected to offer Cousins a contract that would guarantee him close to $90 million over the first three years, according the 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's Mike Jurecki, but it appears Cousins might be ready to pull the trigger and join the Vikings.

If you are paying attention to the quarterback situation in Minnesota, don't get it confused with the current White House administration (where faces are changing just as quickly).

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That led to yet another franchise tag, as Cousins told the Redskins he wasn't ready to commit long term and wanted to gauge the direction of the franchise. The backfield also could become one of the league's best behind the return of Dalvin Cook, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Latavius Murray.

"Surprisingly good" and "5-11" should rarely be in a sentence but given the talent the Jets rolled out on the field in 2017, head coach Todd Bowles worked miracles with journeyman quarterback Josh McCown, a rag-tag running-back corps and no-name wide receivers. Between Cousins, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, the race for a division title will grow tighter.

Cousins, meanwhile, has spent the past three seasons as Washington's starter, ranking fourth in passing yards, sixth in passer rating and eighth in touchdown tosses in that time. However, he doesn't have to do it alone with Minnesota's elite defense acting as the catalyst in the quest for back-to-back NFC North banners.

Now, there are obviously some risks in bringing in Cousins. The Vikings are hedging their bets on someone who is 26-30-1 as a starter with no playoff wins on his resume. Before last season's breakthrough in Minnesota, Keenum's career record was a pedestrian 9-15.

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