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Former Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

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Cary Erickson | 15 March, 2018, 03:45

Interestingly, the big Kirk Cousins contract might not come with considerable improvement.

"Will only confirm they'll get the first visit", McCartney told the the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "That's all we can say".

Cousins' tenure in Washington ends after six seasons, the last three as the starter. He mistakenly tagged the Vikings and Jets in the note on his personal website before quickly removing them, further igniting the rumors of his top destination choices. A quarterback in his prime who's been to a Pro Bowl nearly never becomes available like this.

Bradford enjoyed his best pro season in 2016, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Vikings before he made only two appearances past year due to a knee injury.

Cousins spent the last two years haggling over a long-term contract with Washington, playing 2016 on the transition tag and 2017 on the franchisetag. During his starting stretch, Cousins has thrown for 13,176 yards and 81 touchdowns to 36 interceptions. Three years later, he beat Favre and Minnesota in the NFC title game on the way to the Saints' first Super Bowl title. While Rapoport reports Bridgewater has other options, CBS Sports' Bryant McFadden reported that a deal between the two sides is being finalized.

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According to multiple reports, Cousins is signing a three-year contract that is fully guaranteed, with the total value being around $86 million.

Added former National Football League executive Joe Banner: "Cousins has had $114M guaranteed in his last two contracts covering only four years". He replaces Case Keenum, who reportedly agreed to a deal with the Broncos on Monday, as the starter in Minnesota.

You can argue how much of a difference Kirk Cousins makes for the Minnesota Vikings, but the oddsmakers certainly seem to think he'll have a significant impact on his new team.

Even with that, Cousins is betting on himself.

Cousins would find himself throwing at a strong wide receiver corps including Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, plus tight end Kyle Rudolph, and they will also have running back Dalvin Cook back after injury brought an early end to his very promising rookie campaign. Maybe they'll tack on three years and $90 million fully guaranteed to his current deal.