Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that there are at least two teams willing to offer QB Kirk Cousins a three-year, fully guaranteed contract that would make him the highest paid player in NFL history.
Cousins is reportedly going through the “several” offers he’s already received and determine which team he’ll visit with first. Rapoport says that the Vikings are believed to be the “front-runner” for Cousins and are expecting to meet with him this week.
Rapoport adds that there’s “at least” one other team who will do a similar contract that’s nearly fully guaranteed and would make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
According to Rapoport, the Vikings continue to be the team “in the driver’s seat” for Cousins. The expectation is Cousins will take at least one or two visits before he signs, as he wants to ensure that it’s a good fit for him.
While it’s possible Cousins could be close to a deal over the next few days, he won’t finalize anything until he meets with the coaching staff and others in the organization. With this in mind, Rapoport says that Cousins may not have a final decision until Wednesday or Thursday.
Yesterday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reported that the Vikings, Cardinals and Jets are all putting together recruiting pitches along with video presentations for Cousins.
The Vikings seem to be the consensus favorite to sign Cousins, but the Jets have plenty of cap space and the Broncos and Cardinals are expected to be in the mix for him as well.
Cousins, 29, is a former fourth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus when Washington elected to use the franchise tag on Cousins that paid him $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
The Redskins franchised him for the second year in a row this last year and he made $23.94 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Cousins has appeared in all 16 games and thrown for 4,093 yards while completing 64.3percent of his passes to go along with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 quarterback out of 40 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.