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Cousins to visit Vikings first; agent says no decision made

Cousins to visit Vikings first; agent says no decision made

Now that all signs point toward free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins signing a three-year contract with the Vikings, it's Plan B for the Jets. He's certainly got his flaws in areas he's not proud of, including being tied for third in the National Football League with 13 fumbles last season. He was medically cleared to return to practice and, from Weeks 10-17, served as the backup to Case Keenum. For the last two seasons, Cousins has had the highest percentage of "open" throws of any quarterback in the league, a number that is generally more indicative of scheme and playmakers than it is of good decision-making. He also sneakily adds something as a runner, with 13 rushing scores over those three seasons.

Is $87 million guaranteed too much?

The Vikings are overpaying Cousins for a shot at the Super Bowl, and it's hard to blame them. Minnesota preferred Cousins over Keenum, who filled in ably previous year for an injured Bradford after Week 1 and held onto the starting role.

With those numbers, Cousins represents an immediate upgrade from the Vikings' previous quarterback trio -- Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater.

That salary tops the $27.5 million a year paid to Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers, now the league's highest-paid quarterback. "It is about winning, and that's what I want more than anything, so I'm going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win, and that's what the focus is going to be".




The Jets still own the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they could still take a quarterback with that selection.

Brees, who turned 39 in January, was due to become a free agent on Wednesday.

The Vikings won the NFC North comfortably, finishing well ahead of the Green Bay Packers, who were without Aaron Rodgers for most of the season. Cousins' record during that time: 24-23-1.

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. He could pair with McCown in NY or Bradford in Arizona very neatly. Luckily for him, he walks into a similar situation in Minnesota, with one of the NFL's top receiving duos - Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Finally, it appears that last season's MVP for the Vikings, QB #Case Keenum, is heading to the Denver Broncos. It is unsure yet which other team Cousins will meet with, but those reported to be lobbying hard for him are the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos. The fact there was no one to execute the plays didn't mean he wasn't one of the game's better young schemers.


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