Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos

Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos

After more than a year of recovery, Bridgewater took the field only once during the 2017-2018 season in a blowout win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Last season, Cousins threw for over 4000 yards (4093) for the third consecutive season. That number makes Cousins the highest-paid quarterback both in terms of annual money and guaranteed money.

The Redskins traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in January, putting the wheels in motion for Cousins' departure.

Cousins joins the Vikings, who posted a 13-3 record in 2017 and reached the NFC championship game before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.

One would have been the attractiveness of finally finding a quarterback who will be expected to start for three seasons.

Much can happen, of course, and the Vikings seem to have a penchant for signing quarterbacks whose knees are one awkward step from exploding, but Spielman has made the bold purchase at the right time.

If the Jets had signed Cousins, he would be the unquestioned starter from Day 1. Coach Mike Zimmer recently expressed disdain for the concept of "windows of opportunity" in the NFL, but there is no denying that in this league they exist and they are short. For 2018, the Vikings will have to make very few sacrifices to accommodate Cousins.

Cousins will be surrounded with quality weapons on offense, including wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Dalvin Cook.

With the Minnesota Vikings moving on from their past quarterbacks, it is nice to see Teddy Bridgewater getting other opportunities.

This move is a sensible one for the Vikings, though it does carry some risk.

"We've only agreed to visit Minnesota first", McCartney said.

A new contract from the Green Bay Packers is likely on the way this offseason and there's no reason for Rodgers to ask for anything less than what Cousins just received.

Though Cousins has never won a postseason game as a pro, the combination of his age, durability and productivity is unparalleled in comparison to the caliber of usual free agents at the sport's most critical position. In 2016, when Trevor Siemian unexpectedly beat out veteran Mark Sanchez and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch to win the Broncos' starting quarterback job, Elway almost acquired Keenum in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams but backed off.

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