ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Cousins intends to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings on Thursday. Paul Richardson, a University of Colorado alum, was a candidate to play in Denver before he signed a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Redskins. Given that three of the team's four quarterbacks are heading for free agency, they had to sign a player.More news: Stephanie Skipper on The Voice Tells Kelly Clarkson "Don't Apologize"
After two full seasons with nearly no game action (Bridgewater played nine garbage-time snaps in Minnesota's third-to-last regular-season game) it's fair to question just how much of an impact Bridgewater will have for the Jets, though they are clearly banking on him fulfilling his potential and solidifying the quarterback position.
While he makes his decision, ESPN reports a camera crew will follow Cousins.More news: Run banks rise on PNB compensation hopes, easing rate woes
With the Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals and Jets apparently no longer looking for a No. 1 quarterback, the Buffalo Bills appeared to be the only team in the market for a starter. He waited for Cousins to sign for this very reason. So the Jets are working on a contract with ex-Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Cousins's first visit will apparently be his last.
The Vikings found success in 2017 with Case Keenum at quarterback but by all indications, they viewed him as a good backup. The money Cousins will make is not necessarily proportionate with the level of on-field success in his past. He's due $17.5 million in 2019, the final year of his deal, but the Broncos can release him prior to the season with just a $2.2 million dead cap hit.More news: UVA loses De'Andre Hunter to injury
The Vikings drafted Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. The 11-time Pro Bowler led the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV, a championship loaded with symbolism as New Orleans recovered from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina five years earlier. He had a breakthrough 2017 season with the Vikings in which he threw for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, playing at a near-league-MVP level and helping Minnesota to reach the NFC title game.