Vikings offer Kirk Cousins 3-year, $86M deal

Dec 31 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum looks on following the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings are banking on this being his last trip, too.

The Vikings were looking for a new quarterback despite making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum under center. They also have an explosive pass-catching running back (Dalvin Cook), a top red zone scoring threat (tight end Kyle Rudolph) and a host of other options that include Jarius Wright, Latavius Murray and David Morgan.

Within minutes of learning about Cousins' expected signing with the Vikings, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook moved Minnesota's odds to win the Super Bowl in 2019 from 16-1 to 12-1. "I think it's a pretty short checklist". It's not the only thing, it's about winning, and that's what I want more than anything. He has three straight seasons with at least 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and 64 percent completion. They are expected to sign the veteran when free agency opens on Wednesday, per an National Football League source.

The Broncos were one of four teams that were viewed as the favorites to sign Cousins, the premier quarterback in this year's free-agent class.

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Though Cousins has never won a postseason game as a pro, the combination of his age, durability and productivity is unparalleled in comparison to the caliber of usual free agents at the sport's most critical position.

It is not certain yet what sort of contract that Keenum, who made $2 million last season, will get.

The Broncos went just 5-11 last season and will pick fifth in the upcoming NFL Draft, but they already have a solid defense in place and a number of weapons on offense, including wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

And, for the Broncos, that list of quarterbacks in the post-Manning era will nearly certainly gain another name this year when the team drafts a quarterback with the No. 5 pick. Bridgewater, of course, has spent his entire career in Minnesota.

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Coming off a 13-3 season, if Keenum's play had regressed or if Bridgewater struggled in 2018, general manager Rick Spielman could have shrugged his shoulders and claimed sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't.

Bradford and Bridgewater presented obvious health risks, and Zimmer always came across as skeptical of Keenum's ability to keep up his success.

Although Baldwin is the only major player for Seattle to have yet taken a public stance on the Cousins deal, there is another Seahawk who is most likely very intrigued by the notion of a fully guaranteed deal - quarterback Russell Wilson.

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