Marcha 23, 2018

Kirk Cousins: Minnesota Vikings Will Sign Free Agent QB

15 Marcha 2018, 02:11 | Crisanna Felipe

Denver Broncos: Case Keenum was a different player in 2017

Farewell, Washington – Kirk Cousins -

The Minnesota Vikings needed a quarterback to become a Super Bowl contender. The Vikings 2017 campaign featured a dominant defense that led them to many wins under coach Mike Zimmer and a young quarterback in Case Keenum that performed well in leading the team to the NFC Championship game. The Vikings have been targeting Cousins for weeks and did not make much of an effort to retain Keenum.

The Vikings put themselves in a better position with the signing of Kirk Cousins, though expectations must be clear as Cousins is ultimately a top-15 quarterback who has shown the ability to put up top-10 numbers when his ecosystem is favorable. In addition to the finances, the Vikings' case was likely also helped by the fact that they are now one of the best teams in the league.

Cousins has started all 16 games in three straight seasons, with over 4,000 yards through the air and at least 25 passing touchdowns in each campaign. During that same span, only one quarterback had a better completion percentage and QBR: Drew Brees.

McCown's season ended prematurely after he suffered a fractured left (non-throwing) hand, which required surgery, in a Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Reports say the Minnesota Vikings will sign free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year deal for $86 million... He is an above-average quarterback who has played his entire professional career in Washington. This time, it's different. The 31-year-old has the 10th-most receptions by a tight end since he entered the league in 2008. In September and October, Cousins completed 161 throws out of 237 for 1,900 yards and 13 scores to go along with four picks. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and second-year running back Dalvin Cook provide Cousins with significant upgrades over what he had last year in Washington. That takes three major targets off the board for numerous league's quarterback-needy teams.

While technically eligible to be part of the free-agent quarterback class, Drew Brees was never thought to be leaving New Orleans, where he's been a 10-time Pro Bowler and is closing in on the National Football League record for career passing yards. Had they paid Cousins $28.5 million annually, they'd be getting the quality system QB Minnesota got, only without the supporting cast to run a full system.

After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller. The new coordinator brings with him success rooted in Carson Wentz's 116.3 passer rating inside the red zone with zero turnovers.

In many ways, the contract and the fit on the field make Minnesota a flawless destination for Cousins, who said he was looking for a place to "feel at peace".

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