The Vikings have been coveting Cousins for several weeks and only regarded Keenum, Bradford and Bridgewater as options if a deal for Cousins fell through. Washington came to an agreement with Smith on a four-year extension, showing Cousins that the team was preparing for a future without him.
So, what's he done to (reportedly) get $28 million a year?
Last season, Minnesota crashed out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but the addition of Cousins will make the Vikings an even more unsafe team. That means the Jets, who were among the teams linked to Cousins, must look elsewhere in their search for a quarterback, and ESPN's Dianna Russini is hearing NY will target Teddy Bridgewater. Cousins avoided giving the Vikings the ability to squat on him at a lower number. That would repeat what he did past year, a season in which he was the sixth-highest scoring QB per ESPN, which seems about right for 2018.
Kirk Cousins is taking both his game and his salary far north. He led the Vikings to an 11-3 record during his starts as he threw for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Secondly, it was Kirk Cousins intending to sign with the Vikings.
Keenum had his best season as a pro in 2017, leading Minnesota past New Orleans in the divisional playoffs.
Keenum signed for $2 million a year ago as a safety net for the Minnesota Vikings.
He took over as a starter Sam Bradford, who is drawing interest as a free agent from the Buffalo Bills, while Teddy Bridgewater is also set to leave the Vikings after two years wrecked by a serious injury. Cousins has never won a playoff game in his career, though he's been as consistent as nearly anyone in the last three seasons.
If Bridgewater is signed and somehow starts much more than a handful of games in 2018, the Jets will be a year too late in any attempt to lose as many games as possible.