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Report: Kirk Cousins To Sign With Vikings Wednesday

Multiple Sources Report The Deal Is Worth $28 Million/Year Guaranteed

March 13, 2018 - 10:28 am

Multiple sources are now reporting that former Washington QB Kirk Cousins will sign with the Vikings Thursday for $28 Million per year over three years guaranteed money. Cousins had been rumored to be a target of a number of teams including the Jets, Broncos, Cardinals and Vikings.  The Broncos will be signing former Viking Case Keenum as a free-agent, as was reported early Tuesday.  

Cousins posted a farewell letter to Redskins fans on his website Monday that was initially hash-tagged with two NFL teams: the Jets and Vikings. Those tags were eventually removed from the post.  The Broncos were not among the teams to be mentioned.  In the letter, Cousins says, "As I’m about to make one of the bigger decisions of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to my familiar life as a Redskin. After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has decided to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well."

The Vikings had moved into the offseason having to make a decision on three free-agent Quarterbacks.  With Keenum signing with Denver, that leaves Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford as the target of several QB-needy teams, including the Vikings who will still be looking for their backup for 2018 should the Cousins signing happen Wednesday.  Another free-agent QB, Drew Brees, will re-sign with the New Orleans Saints after rumors linked him to the Vikings the past couple of days. Washington traded for former Kansas City QB Alex Smith as a replacement for Cousins, after the team declined to use their franchise tag on him.  The franchise tag salary would have payed him in the neighborhood of $34 Million for the 2018 season.  

Cousins, now 29, threw for 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 2017 and was one of the top free-agents available this year.  

As for other Viking free-agent targets, next in queue is starting offensive lineman, either tackle that could allow Mike Remmers to move inside or new guard. Defense remains strong, with several standouts recently secured to long-term contracts. But Pro Bowl DT Linval Joseph could use interior sidekick. Another quality CB would help, too, with Newman's status at age 39 uncertain.  The Vikings went into this offseason with approximately $48 Million in Salary Cap space.  

(The AP Contributed to this Story)