Kirk Cousins to sign with Vikings Thursday

Dec 31 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum looks on following the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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The only other quarterback now signed by the Vikings is former undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter.

This lack of winning might have caused some teams and some fans to balk at giving Cousins all this money but it's clear he could be a great quarterback and as a free agent, could be a way for a team to sign a franchise quarterback rather than via the NFL Draft.

Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign the largest fully guaranteed contract in National Football League history if he formally agrees to join the Minnesota Vikings later this week, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Since Favre's retirement in 2010, the Vikings have tried a bevy of quarterbacks from draft picks to free agent signings.

Those salary-cap concerns are overshadowed by how long it has been since the Vikings had consistency at one of the most important positions in all of sports. Minnesota had Case Keenum leading the offense in 2017 after Sam Bradford went down with an injury early in the season. That said, trusting Keenum, who was a one-year wonder in Pat Shurmur's system, was a risky proposition. If the Lions opt to keep him and pay him $10 million roster bonuses in 2021 and 2022, it'll likely be because Stafford has played well and is therefore stuck in a below market deal at that point.

Obviously, the Broncos are out of the Cousins chase. While he has put up some excellent numbers during his time with the Redskins, those haven't directly translated to wins.

Surprisingly, Cousins will sign a deal with Minnesota who went 13-3 in the 2017 season, even making a trip to the NFC title game. Take a look at what Aaron Rodgers did with poor defenses in Green Bay. Cousins might not ever come.

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WELCOME TO MINNESOTA: Vikings Pro Bowl cornerback welcomed Cousins to Minnesota with a tweet, but made sure to let him know it will still be "Rhodes Closed" in practice.

While Cousins is expected to sign with the Vikings, the deal has not been officially signed.

As for how this affects the Redskins, it really doesn't mean that much.

The 28-year-old is leaving the Washington Redskins after playing for the last two seasons under a franchise tag.

Four days after the Browns dropped out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes by trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Broncos appear to have followed suit. Our own Andrew Krammer broke down nicely and concisely where things stand entering free agency with both outside targets and internal candidates. That doesn't rule Denver out from drafting a long-term option at No. 5, but the Jets could easily trade up to any of No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 and guarantee they get the quarterback the want after the Browns, presumably, select a quarterback with the first pick.

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