Cousins to visit Vikings first and deal is expected


Cousins' contract with the Vikings would be fully or almost fully guaranteed, one source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because teams can not complete deals with free agent players before Wednesday afternoon when the NFL's new year begins.

The free agent quarterback reportedly plans to sign with the Minnesota Vikings on a three-year contract worth $28 million annually.

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. Cousins opted to play under the franchise tag for two seasons with Washington, earning more than $43.75 million in that time span. He has 58,097 passing yards and 408 touchdowns with the Saints and is likely to become the NFL's all-time passing yards leader at some point in the 2018 season.

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Yet he is capable, and in this free-agent market-in this time in league history-capable gets you a megadeal. With this deal, which ESPN's Adam Schefter says is fully guaranteed, Cousins will make out with almost $128 million in five years.

There are many reasons the Minnesota Vikings will be in hot pursuit for his services this offseason.

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With contracts expiring for Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, plenty of space under the salary cap and coming off an appearance in the NFC championship game, the Vikings have long presented the most desirable destination for Cousins. The Vikings paid a big price for Cousins, but now they're poised to challenge the Eagles once again for NFC supremacy. "Would make him the highest paid QB".

It's possible Cousins does not deliver a trip to the Super Bowl, and his three-year tenure in Minnesota is looked back on as an overall disappointment. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo recently signed a five-year, $137.5 million deal for an average of $27.5 million.

Cousins failed to make the playoffs for a second straight year with the Washington Redskins, who went 7-9. Now, if this offense adds Jimmy Graham, they could be even more risky than they were last season.

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Cousins will be surrounded with quality weapons on offense, including wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Dalvin Cook. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and New York Jets were also in the mix for Cousins' services. 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. One of the stories circulating was a rumor Wilson would receive the first-ever, fully-guaranteed contract.