Doug Baldwin calls Kirk Cousins 'hero' for getting fully guaranteed contract

Forget Kirk Cousins Broncos need to go after Drew Brees

Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday.

Having a fully guaranteed deal is uncharted waters for the National Football League, and could potentially change the game when it comes to negotiating contracts.

Terms of the contract are unknown, but several projections figure to land him in excess of Blake Bortles' three-year, $54-million extension. The former journeyman made $2 million on a one-year deal in 2017. All three quarterbacks who played for the Vikings last season - Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater - are free agents. Owning a 9-15 career record as a starter, Keenum posted a 12-4 mark last season, counting the postseason.

Washington will not face the Vikings during the 2018 regular season. That would repeat what he did past year, a season in which he was the sixth-highest scoring QB per ESPN, which seems about right for 2018.

Overall, letting Cousins walk doesn't appear to be a big deal. This is good news when projecting an offense, as their per-play efficiency isn't quite as important for someone whose team is running 57.9 plays per game, like the Bengals did past year.

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He was selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Cousins is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which he threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 64.3 percent of his passing attempts. But if it eventually happens, the day Cousins signed with the Vikings could be remembered as the moment that changed it all.

The Jets did not lose enough games last season, with Josh McCown mostly under center, to get a top-five choice in this year's draft and thus have their pick of the top quarterbacks in a deep class. The importance of ball security can not be overstated after the Broncos' quarterbacks fired 22 picks last season.

Most recently, Bridgewater saw action during garbage time of the Vikings Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals where he attempted two passes, one was incomplete and the other was intercepted.

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