Kirk Cousins is set to visit the Vikings, according to reports. Daniel House has the latest information.
Kirk Cousins is set to visit the Vikings, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The team has offered Cousins a 3-year, $28 million per year deal, per the report. WCCO's Mark Rosen is reporting the team will sign Cousins.
Cousins wanted to take a visit, which could complete the necessary phases of a contract. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press is reporting he will arrive in Minnesota on Wednesday and take a tour of the TCO Performance Center on Thursday.
The deal has a chance to be front loaded to pay Cousins more in the first year. The move would free up cap space in the next two years to extend current players on the roster.
Cousins is garnering attention from several teams in need of a quarterback. With the Vikings advancing to the NFC Championship, behind the league's top defense and a talented duo of wide receivers, Cousins could enter the most stable situation of his career.
Minnesota entered free agency with just over $47 million in cap space to sign a top quarterback, according to Over the Cap. Their cap number could increase if the team restructures the contracts of tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Latavius Murray. They also could win a grievance against defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, which would open $6 million in additional space. Depending upon Cousins' contract structure, the team should have the flexibility to make at least two additional signings.
The addition of Cousins shows the Vikings will be aggressive this season with a roster built upon the foundation of a young core. To find out more about Cousins' fit with the Vikings, read my film analysis.