New York Jets finalizing deal with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

Here's where we stand with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins and other QB options

Here's where we stand with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins and other QB options

Minnesota's signing of Cousins marks the first major free agent quarterback signing the franchise has made since Brett Favre in 2009.

The 29-year-old veteran has thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. That would repeat what he did previous year, a season in which he was the sixth-highest scoring QB per ESPN, which seems about right for 2018.

It may still be years before there's a fully guaranteed deal that spans more than just two or three seasons. However, Cousins still had a pretty good season with 27 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. Bradford is close to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals and Bridgewater was being targeted by the New York Jets.

Cousins went to Michigan State and was drafted in the fourth round the same year the Redskins selected the player expected to be the face of the franchise, Robert Griffin III.

The quarterback carousel began early Tuesday morning when Case Keenum agreed to a contract with the Broncos, who were also interested in Cousins. The Vikings paid a big price for Cousins, but now they're poised to challenge the Eagles once again for NFC supremacy.

Terms of the deal have not been revealed, but the New York Jets may be one of the most interesting and odd fits for Bridgewater considering the weather and supporting cast the team has to offer.

Cousins joins a talented Vikings team that went into the offseason with a glut of talented quarterbacks.

With the Vikings on the verge of signing Cousins to a huge deal, a source said they might look to trim salary with some players on their roster.

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder a year ago who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

He took over as a starter Sam Bradford, who is drawing interest as a free agent from the Buffalo Bills, while Teddy Bridgewater is also set to leave the Vikings after two years wrecked by a serious injury. After last season, Robison was noncommittal about his future. Cousins only got the team to the postseason once in three years as the starter, and the team lost the one playoff game they had.