Kirk Cousins 'likely to sign with Vikings' after visit

Benson Mayowa of the Dallas Cowboys knocks Eli

Benson Mayowa of the Dallas Cowboys knocks Eli

Cousins is in line to become the highest-paid quarterback when he signs after the new league year begins on Wednesday.

With the announcement of Alex Smith being traded to the Washington Redskins, Cousins' years in Washington effectively came to an end.

Kirk Cousins, who spent his first six National Football League seasons with the Washington Redskins, is the top free-agent quarterback available (not counting Drew Brees, who is expected to remain in New Orleans). He would be more of a short-term play than a long-term play for the Vikings, but even at his age he's far more of a sure thing than Cousins. While the Chiefs seem to be in total rebuild on defense, they do present a formidable offense.

As for the Broncos, they had a quarterback carousel in 2017. If Bradford could stay healthy I do believe that they'd have kept him this off-season. The NFL's quarterback market is in need of a major correction when you've got guys like David Carr, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck and now maybe Kirk Cousins at the top of the pay scale.

After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Denver Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller.

Keenum's arrival means Paxton Lynch is expected to return as a backup with competition from Chad Kelly and a potential draft choice - that has not been ruled out - as Denver plans on trading Trevor Siemian. From 1978-9 until now the Vikings have literally not had a quarterback play in full back-to-back seasons.

But all the dominoes will start falling once Cousins puts pen to paper.

According to the Broncos, Keenum had the best season of his career in 2017 where he completed 67.6 percent of his passes, threw 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns. But they are also losing all three of their quarterbacks to free agency.

Cousins was drafted 102nd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Keenum, 30, brings playoff experience, strong leadership, and lingering questions about whether last season was the start of a career renaissance or an aberration. Now, are the Broncos or any other team out of the mix because Cousins didn't mention them? They are players that would make good fits on the roster of the writer's choosing.

Outside of the Vikings, there are quite a few teams that could use a player like Williams.