Jets working on deal with ex-Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

Doug Mendoza
March 14, 2018

The major difference is that Cousins will be free to go after a new contract in 2021 - from the Vikings or the free agency market - no matter how he plays.

They were expected to offer Cousins a contract that would guarantee him close to $90 million over the first three years, according the 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's Mike Jurecki, but it appears Cousins might be ready to pull the trigger and join the Vikings. That's what the Bears did when they traded up to snare Mitchell Trubisky in last year's draft even after signing Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract. The Broncos will be the fifth team that Keenum has played for in the last five years. That amounts to $28 million per year. Minnesota doesn't necessarily "need" a cornerback, but adding a playmaker like Williams would certainly make their defense more unsafe. It was learned in domed Minnesota that Keenum, who helped the Vikings to the NFC title game, is good enough to win big with the right players around him.

It would be the latest in a recent series of pricey investments aimed at solving the team's long-running quandary at the quarterback position. That list is now trimmed down to the Jets, Vikings and Cardinals.

One can only imagine the rage and disappointment of the fan base if Maccagnan fails to land a top free agent quarterback and resorts to bringing in someone that is more hope than reality.

Cousins is coming off a season in which he threw for 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He provides an upgrade and flexibility to make other moves.

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Beyond stability, however, is the opportunity that the Vikings believe Cousins' signing will present for them. No, Teddy Bridgewater isn't going to miraculously come in and be the same player he once was.

The New York Jets also have been in the mix for Cousins, who has passed for 4,000 or more yards each season since becoming Washington's starter in 2015.

So if Bridgewater were to struggle or if he encountered injury issues once again, there would be confidence that McCown could step in and produce.

But Cousins had an uncomfortable relationship with the Redskins, ever since he made his National Football League debut for them as a fourth round draft pick in 2012.

With an abundance of promising arms slated to go in the first round in the form of USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Louisville's Lamar Jackson, the Jets will likely be able to select a passer with their top-10 pick.

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