The Vikings offered Cousins a three-year deal that pays $28 million annually, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who added the team believes it will have a commitment from the quarterback by the end of his visit Thursday. He played two years on the franchise tag and entered unrestricted free agency with maximum negotiation power.
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. Cousins numbers are nearly the same as Case Keenum's numbers last year, with the only difference being that Cousins has averaged that over three years and Keenum was a breakout in 2017.
"No final decisions have been made", Cousins' agent Mike McCartney said today.
The Jets also have many other holes to fill, so from that standpoint Cousins choosing the Vikings is a positive.
Four days after the Browns dropped out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes by trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Broncos appear to have followed suit. Cousins's first visit will apparently be his last. The Vikings paid Bradford $7 million that season and $18 million in 2017, a year in which lingering knee issues limited him to just six quarters of regular-season football.
Cousins had three 4,000-yard seasons with the Redskins. However, next offseason there will be several talented, even Pro Bowl-caliber players in line for new deals. Despite ranking fourth in passing yards, sixth in passer rating, and eighth in touchdown passes during three years as Washington's starter, from 2015 to 2018, he never signed a long term contract with the team.
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.
With Bridgewater still not cleared for game action, Case Keenum stepped into the starting role and thrived, throwing for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 67.6 percent of his passes.