Vikings come to terms with Kirk Cousins

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 took a risk on himself and it paid off, it's now time for the Minnesota Vikings to take a risk on Cousins in hopes it pays off in a Super Bowl win. For 2018, the Vikings will have to make very few sacrifices to accommodate Cousins.

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

Sources told NFL Network and ESPN Tuesday that Cousins will sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract with the NFC North franchise. He has started 49 consecutive games, including his lone playoff start where he threw for 329 yards, but was sacked six times, in a 35-18 NFC wild-card loss to Green Bay after the 2015 season. He mistakenly tagged the Vikings and Jets in the note on his personal website before quickly removing them, further igniting the rumors of his top destination choices.

He was selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. 2016 was arguably his best season, with him throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and getting named to the Pro Bowl. He has three straight seasons with at least 4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and 64 percent completion.

The 28-year-old is leaving the Washington Redskins after playing for the last two seasons under a franchise tag.

But the Vikings have always been the frontrunners in this sweepstakes, after they allowed all three of their quarterbacks - 2017 starter Case Keenum, backup Sam Bradford and third-stringer Teddy Bridgewater, who missed close to two seasons after a devastating knee injury - to test the open market. The deal is being called a "landmark contract" that will make Cousins the highest paid quarterback in the National Football League with an average annual salary of $28 million.

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Cousins has spent his entire career prior to free agency with the Washington Redskins, starting at quarterback the previous three seasons.

The Vikings drafted Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in 2014. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a risky young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season.

He surpasses Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers' quarterback who was given a five-year $137.5m contract in February.

Cousins' new deal significantly surpasses the multiyear offer the Redskins made him last summer.

According to WCCO's Mark Rosen, former Vikings quarterback Bridgewater is finalizing a deal with the New York Jets.

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