Vikings closing in on Kirk Cousins: Quarterback visiting Minnesota

Vikings closing in on Kirk Cousins: Quarterback visiting Minnesota

Vikings closing in on Kirk Cousins: Quarterback visiting Minnesota and ESPN have reported the coveted quarterback is likely to sign a record-breaking three-year contract with the Vikings after his agent confirmed the team had received his first visit of the free agency negotiating period.

The New York Jets planned to bring back Josh McCown on a one-year, $10 million contract.

With Cousins, the Vikings are getting one of the more prolific quarterbacks in the NFL.

Bradford, 30, and Bridgewater, 25, were attempting to return from injuries at the tail end of the 2017 season as their Vikings charged into the NFC Championship Game behind starter Case Keenum. Washington made it clear Cousins was not in their long-term plans this offseason when the team traded cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third round draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith. According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Cousins has come to terms with the Minnesota Vikings after meeting with the NFC North franchise on Tuesday morning.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, among others, the Jets are actively working on a deal with former Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater.

First, it was news of Case Keenum intending to sign with the Denver Broncos. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and New York Jets were also in the mix for Cousins' services. Washington went 24-23-1 during that three year stint. The Vikings paid Bradford $7 million that season and $18 million in 2017, a year in which lingering knee issues limited him to just six quarters of regular-season football.

"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", he wrote in a blog post on his website. He threw for 4,093 yards last season with 27 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

Cousins, who hits free agency after playing on the franchise tag the last two seasons in Washington, has passed for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. Green Bay has the same Super Bowl odds as Minnesota with the quarterback expected to be completely healthy at the start of the 2018 season.