What will QB Kirk Cousins' fully guaranteed deal mean for Russell Wilson?

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

WCCO in Minneapolis is reporting that Kirk Cousins will sign with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday. Wilson eventually signed a four-year, $87.6 million extension but it wasn't fully guaranteed.

Cousins, 29, had been one of the league's more consistent quarterbacks. In Keenum, it would get a 30-year-old journeyman who led the Vikings to the NFC championship game after permanently replacing an injured Sam Bradford in Week 5.

Cousins' agent Mike McCartney declined to confirm the reports in remarks to ESPN on Tuesday.

The Redskins traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in January, putting the wheels in motion for Cousins' departure.

PFF's data ranked Kirk Cousins as the 13th-best quarterback in 2015, 9th in 2016, but 20th past year.

According to CBS Sports analyst Bryant McFadden on Twitter, Bridgewater is finalizing a deal that will make him a member of the New York Jets. Cousins's first visit will apparently be his last.

Cleveland had been considered the frontrunner to sign McCarron because the Browns tried to trade for him last season, when they missed getting the deal before the National Football League trade deadline. Case Keenum threw the touchdown that beat New Orleans in January's divisional playoff but looks set to leave Minnesota for the Denver Broncos when free agency opens up on Wednesday.

Case Keenum is moving on to Denver, where he will reportedly sign a 2-year deal worth $36 million, with only the first year guaranteed. Cousins passed for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons for the Washington Redskins. The money Cousins will make is not necessarily proportionate with the level of on-field success in his past.

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.

Along with Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater is also a free agent after spending eight weeks as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback. 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.

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