Everything seems to point toward the Minnesota Vikings making a legitimate run at free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins.
They have the salary cap space. They also have the need, with no quarterbacks currently signed to their roster. Cousins is going to get a huge contract. So huge, it has Aaron Rodgers waiting around for the numbers to come in before signing an extension of his own.
The Vikings will have competition, of course. The Jets appear to be the other frontrunner. So how serious will the Vikings go? Pretty serious, if you believe this.
Cooley said an agent told him Vikings offering Cuz 3Y/$91M fully g'teed.
— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) March 5, 2018
Cooley would be former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who is now a broadcaster and radio host.
Could he get information like this? Sure.
Does that mean it’s accurate? It could be. It could also be misinformation. Perhaps someone interested in starting a bidding war. We won’t really know until free agency opens later this month.
There are always plenty of surprises. However, we do know the Vikings are in play for a guy who has thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons.
What’s interesting is the supposed nature of the contract. I would venture to say a contract like this doesn’t exist in the NFL. First, it’s supposedly fully guaranteed, which doesn’t happen. Second, it’s a relatively short term of three years for a franchise quarterback.
Naturally, it should be pointed out that teams aren’t allowed to negotiate with other teams players right now.