Kirk Cousins will become highest-paid player with Minnesota Vikings contract

It appears the Minnesota Vikings are locked in on Kirk Cousins. The Vikings had the money to add Cousins and they did it.

"No final decisions have been made", Cousins' agent Mike McCartney told Schefter. "That's all we can say".

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. He mistakenly tagged the Vikings and Jets in the note on his personal website before quickly removing them, further igniting the rumors of his top destination choices.

Cousins, a product of Holland, Michigan, was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins in 2012. However, next offseason there will be several talented, even Pro Bowl-caliber players in line for new deals.

Statistically, Keenum was one of the better quarterbacks in the league despite not starting a full season, ranking second in the NFL in completion percentage and 12th in touchdown passes.

They also needed a quarterback as all three quarterbacks on their roster - Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater - were free agents.

Multiple reports have said Cousins will get a fully guaranteed deal from the Vikings, worth around $86 million as previously mentioned.

Cousins, 29, has been one of the NFL's most productive quarterbacks since becoming the Redskins' full-time starter three years ago. The former Washington Redskins quarterback is set to meet with Vikings officials in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday, with an agreement expected shortly thereafter, barring any setbacks in negotiations, NFL Network reported.

The deal will make Cousins the highest paid quarterback in the National Football League, unseating Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a risky young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season. That would repeat what he did past year, a season in which he was the sixth-highest scoring QB per ESPN, which seems about right for 2018.

With brief flashes from young quarterbacks before injuries or over-exposure and similar things from veteran retreads, the Vikings have not had suitable stability under center the last 25-plus years at minimum.

  • Angelo Rivera