Kirk Cousins: Minnesota Vikings Will Sign Free Agent QB

In case you missed it, free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is indeed heading to the Minnesota Vikings. With the NFL's first entirely guaranteed contract since Dan Marino's more than three decades ago - a reported three years for $84 million - Spielman and the Vikings have jumped head first.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, among others, the Jets are actively working on a deal with former Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater. The rash of injuries to quarterbacks makes the guarantee a risky deal, but at three years, Minnesota seems willing to pull the trigger on it.

It would be the latest in a recent series of pricey investments aimed at solving the team's long-running quandary at the quarterback position. Since Favre's retirement in 2010, the Vikings have tried a bevy of quarterbacks from draft picks to free agent signings. And if Keenum's 2017 success turns out to be a byproduct of his ideal support with the Vikings that Denver now lacks, the contract will have been a reflection of that possibility.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts to wide receiver Andre Roberts' touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Cousins, who hits free agency after playing on the franchise tag the last two seasons in Washington, has passed for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. In 2016, Cousins outperformed his breakout 4,166 yard 2015 season by tossing 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns. That means Cousins will receive the entire balance of the contract regardless of whether he is injured or the team opts to cut him for poor performance.

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.

But it's easy to see similarities between Bridgewater and Mike Glennon, who was signed to essentially a one-year commitment by the Chicago Bears last offseason. Free agency starts Wednesday - so nothing can be official until then.

Cousins' potential signing with Vikings moved Minnesota's Super Bowl LIII odds from 16-1 to 12-1 (tied with Green Bay for fourth best) at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

  • Julie Sanders