Kirk Cousins has SECURED THE BAG in a 3-year DEAL with a new team!
However, Cousins was expected to accept a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million offer from the Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday. This past season, Minnesota, with Case Keenum under center, advanced to NFC Championship game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
He was sidelined for 14 months during his recovery and placed on the PUP list, where he spent the first six weeks of the 2017 season.
Keenum went 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions and threw that last-second heave to Stefon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the playoffs. He also sneakily adds something as a runner, with 13 rushing scores over those three seasons.
Having a fully guaranteed deal is uncharted waters for the National Football League, and could potentially change the game when it comes to negotiating contracts.
Washington, the crown champions of the stupid season for decades, agreed to give wide receiver Paul Richardson a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million in guarantees, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Most importantly, it's a win for Cousins, whose self-confidence paid off in a big way.
Cousins is joining a team that reached the NFC Championship Game a year ago. Overall, it's a good move for both Cousins and the Vikings, particularly with the guaranteed money for Cousins and the lack of long-term commitment for the Vikings, and it should keep Minnesota right in the mix near the top of the NFC.
The landmark deal will make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the league. No team could offer a better one than the Vikings. On his career Cousins has completed 1372 passes on 2096 attempts to accumulate 16,206 yards.
McCown would be an excellent mentor for the draft pick quarterback, while offering insurance (as a proven leader and reasonably successful starter with the Jets in 2017) in case Bridgewater has trouble performing or staying healthy. When the offseason rolled around, Cousins was tagged again - and this time, it was Cousins who had reservations. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
Denver chose to bypass incumbents Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch and go for Keenum, who can't sign until Wednesday.
With Terence Newman likely going elsewhere in free agency, the Vikings will look to bolster their secondary as well as running back depth behind Dalvin Cook with some free agents from the team about to hit the market. Keenum is headed to the Denver Broncos.