Last season, Minnesota crashed out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but the addition of Cousins will make the Vikings an even more risky team. "That's all we can say". The team is able to sign him as of 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
But with Case Keenum going to the Broncos and Sam Bradford planning to sign with the Cardinals, Minnesota was forced to look elsewhere. However, NFL Media reported Tuesday that Brees will get a two-year, $50 million deal to return to New Orleans.
The Broncos apparently felt confident enough in Keenum's ability, though, at least in terms of being an upgrade over their quarterback options last season.
With a sparkling new stadium, stacked roster and head coaching stability, the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins.
Jaguars come to terms with Andrew Norwell
The Panthers placed a second-round tender on the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Norwell before last season, guaranteeing him $2.75 million. He has appeared in 55 games (54 starts) during his career.
The New York Jets are clearly in the market for a quarterback, with rumors of a major pursuit of Kirk Cousins or using the 6th overall pick in April's draft as the most common threads. With an estimated $100 million in cap space this offseason, the Jets were willing to give Cousins a contract in which he would be given $60 million in his first year alone. He completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season for the Washington Redskins.
The mass exodus by the three quarterbacks is logical considering the Vikings are on the verge of signing Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract. He spent the past four years with the team, but played just one game over the past two seasons due to injury. The following year, Cousins reached the Pro Bowl after finishing with 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
If Bridgewater is signed and somehow starts much more than a handful of games in 2018, the Jets will be a year too late in any attempt to lose as many games as possible. The importance of ball security can not be overstated after the Broncos' quarterbacks fired 22 picks last season.
Though Keenum played well last season -- 22 touchdowns and 98.3 QB rating -- he was either putrid or mediocre in his previous six seasons.