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Vikings closing in on signing Cousins to three-year deal

Vikings closing in on signing Cousins to three-year deal

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 is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Cities on Wednesday night, have dinner with Vikings officials, and tour the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan on Thursday. Teams like the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos, and the Arizona Cardinals are all rumored to be contenders for the quarterback's services. After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has made a decision to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well.Knowing I will not be putting on a Redskins jersey next season, it's hard to look back at all that's taken place and not become emotional. After becoming the regular starter in 2015, he has thrown for 4,000 or more yards in three straight seasons. He will become a free agent this offseason. Wide receiver Allen Robinson will reportedly sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chicago Bears. Cousins is still talking to teams in addition to the Vikings, another league source said, but mutual interest between the former Pro Bowler and Minnesota has been something of an open NFL secret for weeks.

The final numbers aren't in because Kirk Cousins is on an Amtrak to Minneapolis (old school grit), but Kirk Cousins is about to become the highest paid National Football League quarterback and it's going to be guaranteed...even if he plays one game, breaks his neck and never walks again.

Immediately after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship, all signs pointed to the team signing Cousins.

"I haven't had the chance to pick where I'm going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State, so I'm looking forward to that opportunity", Cousins said in Minnesota the week of the Super Bowl during an appearance on SiriusXM satellite radio. New England picked Wilson in the second round in 2012 and the former IL star played in 54 games, starting four, over four years with them. It's quite possible the visit will end with a contract making him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback. With the addition of Kirk Cousins, he'll be surrounded with a supply of talent on offense, which includes players like Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph. But the Jets also were reported to have a deal with Teddy Bridgewater ready for Wednesday.

Having a competent veteran in the room and allowing a young quarterback like, perhaps, Baker Mayfield, to sit and learn as Keenum handles the short-term "re-tooling" that the Broncos are undergoing would give a lot of reassurance to Broncos players and fans that they won't suffer through the dysfunctional quarterback situation that they've seen over the past two years.

Minnesota's Super Bowl window won't last forever. Philadelphia's Trey Burton signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Chicago Bears and Seattle receiver Paul Richardson nabbed a five-year, $40 million contract. He signed a $12 million, two-year contract in 2017 after 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the stories circulating was a rumor Wilson would receive the first-ever, fully-guaranteed contract.


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