One can nearly imagine how the scene played out inside the Minnesota Vikings' new team headquarters Tuesday morning in Eagan, Minnesota, with Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and John DeFilippo simultaneous slapping high-fives and celebrating the excitement of landing Kirk Cousins by doing their best impersonation of the quarterback's meme-worthy moment in Washington.
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. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, outgoing Vikings starter Case Keenum lined up an agreement to sign with the Denver Broncos.
Washington didn't commit to a long-term contract for Cousins, opting to place the franchise tag on him the past two seasons.
Yet he is capable, and in this free-agent market-in this time in league history-capable gets you a megadeal.
Multiple reports have said Cousins will get a fully guaranteed deal from the Vikings, worth around $86 million as previously mentioned.
Cousins won't face the Redskins in 2018, unless Washington and Minnesota meet in the playoffs.
The 24-year-old Watkins intends to sign a $48 million, three-year contract with $30 million in guarantees, while the 25-year-old Hitchens agreed to a five-year deal, two people familiar with their decisions told the AP.
Sam Bradford (Arizona), Case Keenum (Denver) and Teddy Bridgewater (NY Jets) were all quarterbacks on the Vikings roster last season during the run to the NFC Championship. "Would make him the highest paid QB".
Cleveland had been considered the frontrunner to sign McCarron because the Browns tried to trade for him last season, when they missed getting the deal before the National Football League trade deadline. Most importantly, it's a win for Cousins, whose self-confidence paid off in a big way. Cousins was a fourth-round pick by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. With the addition of Kirk Cousins, he'll be surrounded with a supply of talent on offense, which includes players like Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph. Timmons went AWOL on the eve of last year's opener, was briefly suspended and played poorly when he returned. It's believed the Broncos didn't like fully guaranteeing the third year, or that they wouldn't have Cousins under their control for more than three years.
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. "Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception".