Despite his continued individual success for the Redskins over the course of the last three seasons, the NFC East franchise was hesitant to give Cousins the type of money he was seeking. Cousins' camp had suggested that the free-agent QB - the crown jewel of this year's class - could take multiple visits before deciding.
Bust as reports and speculation fly about Cousins's next team, the Broncos must also consider their fallback plans among the second-tier free-agent quarterbacks. That shatters the average annual value of $28 million the Vikings are offering. But Cousins is more of a known commodity as a quarterback, overall, with three consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons.
When free agency officially opens Wednesday, Keenum is expected to receive a two-year, $36 million deal, according to Klis. Allen Robinson reportedly agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears, and Sammy Watkins reportedly is getting a three-year, $48 million contract from the Chiefs.
Call me insane, but $91 million for Kirk Cousins just seems ludicrous.More news: Waterford native is new American Idol music director; worked with Katy Perry
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Apparently, the Denver Broncos were not as interested in quarterback Kirk Cousins as most people were led to believe.
With brief flashes from young quarterbacks before injuries or over-exposure and similar things from veteran retreads, the Vikings have not had suitable stability under center the last 25-plus years at minimum. Before last season's breakthrough in Minnesota, Keenum's career record was a pedestrian 9-15.
But you have to read to the end - all the way down, in fact. The Vikings haven't had a quarterback play all 16 games in back-to-back seasons in most of our lifetimes. It's been assumed all along that Brees will re-sign with the Saints, but now that we've reached the legal tampering window without an extension announced, there at least exists the possibility that the 39-year-old could be on the move. Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater were also viewed as options, but both have major health red flags. But if the Broncos stay healthy on defense and Keenum is who they hope he can be, they can compete for the division title. They are players that would make good fits on the roster of the writer's choosing. Cousins' deal set a new benchmark for players.