Kirk Cousins paves way for fully guaranteed contract for Aaron Rodgers

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

Kirk Cousins paves way for fully guaranteed contract for Aaron Rodgers

The mass exodus by the three quarterbacks is logical considering the Vikings are on the verge of signing Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract. It'll be $86 million - no matter what - and then time for a new contract in 2021 when he's 32 years old. The number is slightly less than the $90 million, $30 million per year reports that had surfaced last week. This is good news when projecting an offense, as their per-play efficiency isn't quite as important for someone whose team is running 57.9 plays per game, like the Bengals did a year ago.

Cousins plans to ink a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cousins responded by again breaking the franchise record with 4,917 passing yards to go along with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a Pro Bowl berth. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and New York Jets were also in the mix for Cousins' services.

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Bridgewater, who was drafted in the first round (32nd overall) by the Vikings in 2014, showed promise in his first two seasons but suffered a serious leg injury that sidelined him for all of 2016 and most of 2017.

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Terms of the deal have not been revealed, but the New York Jets may be one of the most interesting and unusual fits for Bridgewater considering the weather and supporting cast the team has to offer. Our own Andrew Krammer broke down nicely and concisely where things stand entering free agency with both outside targets and internal candidates. He threw for 4,093 yards last season with 27 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

With a sparkling new stadium, stacked roster and head coaching stability, the Vikings jumped to the head of the line of potential suitors for Cousins. Secondly, it was Kirk Cousins intending to sign with the Vikings.

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NFL Media reported Monday that the Vikings put in a call to Drew Brees' agent Monday to express interest in future hall of fame quarterback. Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch all failed to hold down the starting quarterback position last season as they went a disappointing 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

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