What will QB Kirk Cousins' fully guaranteed deal mean for Russell Wilson?

What will QB Kirk Cousins' fully guaranteed deal mean for Russell Wilson?

First, it was news of Case Keenum intending to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Unlike other major sports leagues like the MLB, NHL and National Basketball Association, fully guaranteed contracts are a rarity in the NFL.

Head coach Vance Joseph and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said prior to previous year that they wanted to make running the football a priority, and they did, totaling the eighth-most rushing attempts in all of football. That shatters the average annual value of $28 million the Vikings are offering.

The Vikings have been considered the favorite to sign Cousins, who would represent an upgrade from the trio of quarterbacks - Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater - that were on their roster during the 2017 season.

Cousins had been connected to several teams in the weeks before free agency, including the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings had the money to add Cousins and they did it.

Cousins appears to be moving to a Minnesota team that has a clear direction of where they want to be.

The Jets are also interested in Teddy Bridgewater, who missed almost two seasons with a knee injury.

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That led to yet another franchise tag, as Cousins told the Redskins he wasn't ready to commit long term and wanted to gauge the direction of the franchise. During his starting stretch, Cousins has thrown for 13,176 yards and 81 touchdowns to 36 interceptions.

Cousins was a fourth-round pick by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings, ostensibly, would be signing Cousins - whose career record as a starter with the Redskins is 26-30-1 - because they believe he can take them a step further.

The free agent quarterback is on the verge of a big payday at age 29, his first time on the open market.

It remains be seen how hard the Vikings will look to retain Johnson, who made $2.35 million last season.

Assuming Cousins, who turns 30 on August 19, signs with the Vikings and starts in Week 1 of the regular season, he would be the Vikings' sixth different opening day starter in seven years at quarterback.

Keenum had his best season as a pro in 2017, leading Minnesota past New Orleans in the divisional playoffs.

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