Former Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

Former Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins likely to sign with Vikings

That is up for debate.

The biggest free agent fish in the sea, quarterback Kirk Cousins, is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

Bridgewater was once considered the future of the Vikings.

Cousins, who has played two seasons for the Redskins on a franchise tag, topped the 4,000-yard mark for the third straight year in 2017. Keenum had one good season previous year with the Minnesota Vikings, but still has a career 86.0 passer rating and has to prove that 2017 was not the exception, but the norm for how he will play in the NFL.

This spring, the Redskins had finally had enough, and, instead of negotiating with Cousins once again, they traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, opening the door for Cousin's departure.

Minnesota was the NFC's No.2 seed last season after finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record.

One would have been the attractiveness of finally finding a quarterback who will be expected to start for three seasons.

For now, the message from Rick Spielman and the Vikings' front office is clear. The same QB has never started three consecutive openers.

Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday.

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In addition to having the league's number one defense in 2017, the Vikings have a number of weapons on offense. But not everybody in the National Football League thinks Keenum is second to Cousins as a quarterback.

Cousins would find himself throwing at a strong wide receiver corps including Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, plus tight end Kyle Rudolph, and they will also have running back Dalvin Cook back after injury brought an early end to his very promising rookie campaign.

Those salary-cap concerns are overshadowed by how long it has been since the Vikings had consistency at one of the most important positions in all of sports.

"Will only confirm they'll get the first visit", McCartney told the Pioneer Press.

The fact the Vikings made a decision to turn to Cousins isn't a big surprise. The Vikings weren't the first team to give up on Keenum, either.

Monday was the first day in which teams were allowed to negotiate potential contract terms with the agents representing players scheduled to hit free agency.

The Denver Broncos have not wasted much time to land their new starting quarterback in free agency.

Yes, every John, Gary and Wade knows the surest path to a Super Bowl is paved by a Hall-of-Fame quarterback.