Cousins deal with Vikings could start NFL trend

Seahawks reported bringing in veteran DT Tom Johnson for a visit as Vikings continue to woo Sheldon Richardson

Tom Johnson visiting Seattle on Monday

And he indeed remains an apparition.

When Washington traded for Alex Smith back in January, it was clear Cousins was not going to remain on the team much longer.

Before signing with the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday, there was another team believed to be in the running for quarterback Kirk Cousins. They were willing to pay him $90 million guaranteed over three years, $6 million more than what the Vikings gave him. Seattle declined to do that in its window to do so this month, because $14 million was far too expensive for them. They only reason they paid that price was because McDowell-another dynamic, versatile defensive lineman seven years younger-sustained serious head and other injuries in a mysterious ATV accident in his home start of MI in July. In Seattle, he played the 3-technique in a 4-3 front and had one sack this past season, but Zimmer said he still made an impact by pressuring the quarterback.

Cousins is entitled to make any decision he wants, but some of the comments coming from him and his agent, Mike McCartney, over the past few days have been disrespectful to the Jets and the New York/New Jersey area. One league source said Cousins was intimidated by the idea of playing in NY with the expectations and glare of the media. "That's it no more than that, but we got our whole schedule".

"Don't have much for you now".

Richardson, who has 19 career sacks, said he has plenty of motivation entering the 2018 season. That was until Wagner's hamstring injury in December.

"One of the things we talked about is, if you put yourself in the right situation with the right team and the right coaches, there's no reason why you shouldn't be in the Pro Bowl year-in and year-out", Spielman said. That's why they began talking to the 27-year-old Richardson and his agents about a contract extension in December.

This has some to do with Cousins, some to do with Keenum and some to do with the belief that every Vikings choice is the wrong one.

"A haul, that man works", Richardson said of Joseph.

It's unclear what the compensation is in Richardson's "prove-it" deal, but Minnesota ensured it could afford both major additions this offseason by reportedly restructuring the contract of RB Latavius Murray earlier this week. "It's about disrupting the quarterback and getting him off his spot and getting him off timing".

Once Richardson left to shop as an unrestricted free agent for the first time, he was gone. He drove past the Vikings' headquarters and tried to get a feel for the area. Then they had him dine with Kirk Cousins, the $84-million (guaranteed) quarterback they had just signed.

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