Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes Heating Up: Vikings Serious Contenders Along with Broncos and Jets (TWEETS)
When Washington acquired veteran quarterback Alex Smith from Kansas City, it officially kicked off the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. Everybody figured all along that Cousins was going to be a free agent, and that he was almost certainly not going to re-sign with Washington. But the Smith deal sealed it.
Since then there has been a ton of speculation as to where Cousins will end up and how much he will make. Quarterbacks of his pedigree rarely hit the open market. While his next deal might not top the one San Francisco just gave Jimmy Garoppolo in terms of annual salary, it will certainly dwarf it when it comes to guaranteed money. In fact, Cousins’ next deal will probably guarantee more than the record $60.5 million Detroit guaranteed Matthew Stafford last year.
The big question is what team is going to be paying him. The Broncos have been serious suitors practically forever, and it’s been reported that the Jets, who have $73 million in cap space, are willing to pay Cousins “whatever it takes” to get him in green and white. Now a new player has thrown their hat in the ring, and it’s sent shock waves across the league.
On Monday the Minnesota Vikings declined to place the franchise tag on quarterback Case Keenum. That means he will become a free agent on March 14 when the new league year begins. Which means Minnesota needs a new quarterback.
The #Vikings are not expected to franchise tag QB Case Keenum and he’s slated to hit free agency, per sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Barring a change of heart, Minnesota joins the fray for a starting QB… and will make these next few weeks fascinating.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2018
According to numerous NFL insiders, including Mike Garafolo and Charles Robinson, the Vikings have their sights set on Kirk Cousins.
It’s almost time to separate the contenders from pretenders on Kirk Cousins. I’m putting the Vikings firmly in that first category. We discuss. pic.twitter.com/Wwl3jiLSzD
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 26, 2018
On the ground in Indianapolis, and can already say after a couple conversations that #Vikings and Cousins is a legit thing. But it’s all going to come down to money. Same with #Broncos. #Jets may be the only team willing to blow it out.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 27, 2018
The good news for Minnesota is that they do have a good shot at landing Cousins. In addition to $49 million in cap space, they’ve got a dominant defense and an offense consisting of proven playmakers like Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook.
If Cousins wants to win now, Minnesota might be his best bet.