Jets working on a deal with Teddy Bridgewater

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is close to signing with the Vikings.

One can nearly imagine how the scene played out inside the Minnesota Vikings' new team headquarters Tuesday morning in Eagan, Minnesota, with Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and John DeFilippo simultaneous slapping high-fives and celebrating the excitement of landing Kirk Cousins by doing their best impersonation of the quarterback's meme-worthy moment in Washington.

With contracts expiring for Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, plenty of space under the salary cap and coming off an appearance in the NFC championship game, the Vikings have long presented the most desirable destination for Cousins. He was placed under a franchise tag the last two years. Cousins offers that, even over a three-year window. He also sneakily adds something as a runner, with 13 rushing scores over those three seasons.

- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018Sam Bradford to Arizona: 1-year for $20M, including $15M guaranteed; 1-year option for $20M, per source. The first 19 players taken in the National Football League draft also have full guarantees, though their contracts are much cheaper.

One can only imagine the rage and disappointment of the fan base if Maccagnan fails to land a top free agent quarterback and resorts to bringing in someone that is more hope than reality.

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Vikings' 10/1 odds to win the Super Bowl put them behind only two other teams.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 10, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

But after Cousins and the team couldn't agree to a long-term extension during his breakout 2015 season, negotiations became increasingly strained. He will become a free agent this offseason. On his career Cousins has completed 1372 passes on 2096 attempts to accumulate 16,206 yards. Cousins was a fourth-round pick by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. 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. Instead, Cousins chose to see how the 2017 season played out for the Redskins, who had allowed two of his favorite targets, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, to leave via free agency. After leading the Washington Redskins to a 24-point comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a fired-up Cousins screamed "You like that?"

Thomas has also played through myriad injuries to start the last 106 consecutive game (playoffs included), the most of any receiver in the league.

The Jets, on the other hand, have arguably one of the least talented rosters in the NFL.

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