Kirk Cousins


Report: Kirk Cousins Chooses Vikings Over Jets

March 13, 2018 - 11:32 am

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Kirk Cousins reportedly plans to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, leaving the Jets to resort to Plan B at quarterback.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Cousins plans to sign a three-year, $84 million, fully guaranteed contract with Minnesota on Thursday. 

Cousins will visit Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday, a trip that is now looking more like a formality than a sales pitch.

The Jets may never get their chance to recruit Cousins, not face-to-face anyway. Sitting a league-high $92 million under the salary cap, they are well positioned to make the top offer for Cousins. But the soon-to-be-former Redskin has said publicly he's more interested in signing with a team built to win than with fetching top dollar. The Jets are coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons.

The Vikings, meanwhile, went 13-3 last season, reached the NFC championship game with third-string QB Case Keenum and had the NFL's top-ranked defense. In other words, Cousins could be the piece they're missing to go all the way. 

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The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals also were expected to be in the hunt for Cousins, but the Broncos dropped out of the race when they reportedly agreed to a two-year, $36 million contract with Keenum on Monday night.

Cousins was the Redskins’ full-time starting quarterback the last three seasons, passing for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of those years. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016.

The Jets have now reportedly turned their attention to signing former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.