NFL's Kirk Cousins to sign rare fully guaranteed contract worth $84M


Reports have it that Keenum's replacement in Minnesota will be former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins is scheduled to arrive in the Twin Cities on Wednesday night, have dinner with Vikings officials, and tour the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan on Thursday.

Contrary to Rapoport's report, however, ESPN's Dianna Russinia said that the quarterback does not plan on taking any visit at all.

As the Washington Redskins refused to commit to him long-term with a contract that reflected market value, Cousins played his hand perfectly with two straight fully guaranteed years under the franchise tag. ESPN reported that Cousins will sign with the Vikings, but McCartney said no decision has been made yet by his client. The door may still be open for Newman to return, but possibly more as a rotational player.

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If the Minnesota Vikings sign Kirk Cousins, does this increase their chances of obtaining a Super Bowl Trophy?

The move comes nearly immediately after it was reported that quarterback Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos at the official beginning of free agency Wednesday. That's nuts. If he doesn't win a Super Bowl in the three years, this is a major failure. What are the odds he even makes an average of $1 million per game played this season? For that, the Saints gave him a deal that was a bargain at $25 million. In doing so, Cousins doesn't just take the mantle of the league's highest-paid player from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after about a month - he becomes the first player in NFL history to negotiate a fully-guaranteed contract. No Vikings player had gone public about wanting Cousins, inviting speculation that maybe they'd rather keep Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, or Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings paid a big price for Cousins, but now they're poised to challenge the Eagles once again for NFC supremacy. Because McCown and Bridgewater are signed for only one year, they will strongly consider a quarterback with the sixth pick in the draft.

The Vikings also have plenty of talent on offense with Kyle Rudolph, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook.

The New York Jets also have been in the mix for Cousins, who has passed for 4,000 or more yards each season since becoming Washington's starter in 2015. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin seems to share that sentiment. One of the stories circulating was a rumor Wilson would receive the first-ever, fully-guaranteed contract. The NFC North has Aaron Rodgers, who is so good he rides across the galaxy on a surfboard; Matt Stafford, who is good enough; and Mitchell Trubisky, who showed tremendous potential last season as a rookie.