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Washington Redskins Free Agency Rumors: Kirk Cousins Expected to Sign a 3-Year Fully-Guaranteed Contract With Vikings (updated)

Could this visit just be a formality at this point?

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According to Ian Rapoport, Cousins will be taking his first (and maybe only) free agent visit to the Vikings.

Soon-to-be former Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is set to make his first visit in free agency, and it will be with the MInnesota Vikings per Ian Rapoport. He also reports that the Vikings have offered Cousins an unprecedented 3 year, $28 million per year deal that is fully guaranteed. Cousins became an unrestriced free agent last week when the Redskins declined to use a third consecutive franchise tag on him. The team also made their intentions on Cousins known when they traded for Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith on January 30th.

The Vikings are one of a handful of teams that were reportedly going to make a run at Cousins, a very good QB who is in his prime and hitting the open market. One of those teams dropped out of the race yesterday. The Denver Broncos are reportedly signing former Vikings QB Case Keenum, and felt more comfortable paying him less. The Cardinals and Jets are also reportedly very interested in Cousins, and there were crazy rumors about what the Jets were willing to pay Captain Kirk.

Everyone knows that Cousins is going to be paid or overpaid depending on your opinion of him. Drew Brees just signed a 2 year, $50 million extension with the Saints that breaks down to a 1 year deal worth $27 million with a team option. The salary cap continues to rise at more than $10m/year and the growth of QB salaries don’t show any signs of slowing. Several QBs are waiting on Cousins deal to sign their new contracts(Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers). A fully guaranteed deal could have other players looking for similar deals. The Redskins have Alex Smith locked up for 5 years after signing him to a 4-year, $94 million extension on top of the $17 million he is due this year. Full details of that deal won’t be available until tomorrow.

The Redskins have moved on from Kirk Cousins, and Kirk Cousins has definitely moved on from the Redskins.


And this from Schefter:

There was some noise on Twitter that Cousins would be signing with the Vikings, but according to Rapoport and Schefter, it’s not a done deal just yet.

Stay tuned...