The 29-year-old Cousins has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league over the last few seasons and was courted by a number of teams when it became clear he would leave Washington.
All three of the Minnesota Vikings' free-agent quarterbacks apparently have found new homes.
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign the largest fully guaranteed contract in National Football League history if he formally agrees to join the Minnesota Vikings later this week, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Carlos Henderson, a third-round selection a year ago, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
In 2017, Cousins posted another 4,000 yard passing season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Vikes will give Cousins roughly $86 million over the course of his three-year deal. He's only getting one year guaranteed, but it is for $20 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
Back in the Spring of 2015, Wilson was negotiating a contract extension with the Seahawks which would make him the highest paid player at his position at the time.More news: Yesterday Trading Recap Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) Stock Price trades -10.87%
Minnesota's Super Bowl window won't last forever.
But with the Vikings in desperation mode now that they're only a quarterback away from being a legitimate Super Bowl contender, there's simply no way to justify a similar deal that could have Cousins potentially gone after three years. (We'll get to my thoughts on this later) With the quarterback looking set now for the near future, the Vikings appear to be built to win now next season with a defense that will continue to be one of the best in the league.
Cousins failed to make the playoffs for a second straight year with the Washington Redskins, who went 7-9.
Bennie Fowler was not tendered and will be an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. Paul Richardson, a University of Colorado alum, was a candidate to play in Denver before he signed a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Redskins. In that regard, the Vikings have a higher chance of success with Cousins under center, though there may be a season or two that doesn't look dramatically different from what Keenum offered in 2017. It's time they start fresh at quarterback and bring in a young gunslinger that is ready to start come Week 1. 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. They also have a respectable offensive line and running game. And he's a key piece of the Broncos' offense moving forward with quarterback Case Keenum.