Kirk Cousins plans to take one or more free-agency visits

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The last time a quarterback with (at the time) significant name recognition became an unrestricted free agent approached the open market, he agreed to terms with a new team despite never meeting the coach or visiting the facility. Kirk Cousins doesn’t intend to be the next Brock Osweiler, in more ways than one.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cousins currently intends not to agree to terms before making free-agency visits. Instead, he plans to take one or more visits after the free-agency period opens on March 14.

It’s a smart approach. Cousins, who thrived in an atmosphere of dysfunction for the past three seasons, need to feel comfortable with his next employer. And his next employer needs to feel comfortable with him. That can’t happen if a deal is done before Cousins ever even sets foot inside the place where he’d be spending the next several years of his career and life.

Six years ago, Peyton Manning decided to meet with several teams before picking one, with the contract being almost an afterthought. Although Cousins may put dollars and cents a bit higher on his list of priorities (unlike Manning, Cousins has never signed a long-term, big-money deal), it’s important to not simply pick a destination based on the things said to his agent during the looming 48-hour window — and during whatever tampering may happen in Indianapolis this week.

Speaking of that atmosphere of dysfunction, there’s still a chance Washington will apply the franchise tag to Cousins. It remains a foolish proposition for Washington for multiple reasons, but a history of foolish decisions by the franchise that will soon see its franchise quarterback walk aways suggests that the foolishness may continue.

70 responses to “Kirk Cousins plans to take one or more free-agency visits

  1. I know my skins owner has a bad history and therefore well deserved reputation. However he is trying to do it right now by staying out of the way. The only dysfunction I can think of that is being referenced was by Scot and Cousins agent. Scot didn’t trust cousins to be the guy and tagged him on a prove it deal. Something many, many people thought was a great idea at the time. Once cousins did well it was too late. He had all the leverage and his agent knew it and refused to discuss a long term deal. One of the reasons Scot was fired IMO (that and some less than stellar top draft picks). This site has some serious biases.

  2. Your history is fantasy hcicron – Scot was begging the brass to sign Cousins long term before his price went through the ceiling. The proposed amount seemed quite reasonable now, 15m/year. Cousins was willing but the brass wanted him to prove it. He proved it, and is now moving on for what will likely be double that amount. .

  3. Firstly, i hope the Redskins avoid putting the tag on him…..let him go…as for Cousins himself, i dont think he’s worth what some of these sports sites and some of his fans or his agent or himself believe he’s worth. dont get me wrong, he’s a good QB, but he shouldnt get top dollar. i think he’s a middle of the pack Quarterback, if i had to rate him, i’d put him 15th in the league right now, but he’ll be paid like he’s a top 10 guy.

    i feel the Redskins upgraded from Kirk. Sure Smith is older and less of a risk taker, but he’s won and taken teams to playoff games, Kirk’s been to the playoffs once and two years ago when he had a chance to take them back to the playoffs, he failed vs. the Giants with Jackson and Garcon both playing on the team. He’s worth signing, sure, but not for what he wants.

  4. I don’t think it would be stupid for the Redskins to put the tag on Cousins. They can free up the cap space to keep he and Smith long enough to reach an agreement with another team. What’s wrong with them trying to get something out for a player they dedicated several years of development to? People say doing something like that does not reflect the spirit of the tag, but it does live up to the letter of the rules.

  5. its all about the money with Kirk. He’s just smarter than Brock was about it. Yeah, multiple visits before signing. It ain’t about finding the right fit. It’s about finding the max contract.

  6. Please stop with the Peyton Manning analogies. Whatever team signs Cousins is destined for 8-8 mediocrity.

  7. “The last time a quarterback with (at the time) significant name recognition became an unrestricted free agent approached the open market, he agreed to terms with a new team despite never meeting the coach or visiting the facility. Kirk Cousins doesn’t intend to be the next Brock Osweiler, in more ways than one.”

    Not only never met O’Brien face to face, but the GM didn’t even give him the opportunity to speak on the phone with him.

  8. He’ll either be in Minnesota or Denver. Arizona has already said they refuse to overpay, the NYJ basically said the same. Cleveland is stacked with Draft picks, so they are likely going in a different direction. Buffalo has plans to get their Franchise QB through the draft instead of Free Agency. So unless New Orleans decides to pass on Brees, A surprise team pops up with a need for a QB or Washington pulls out of the Alex Smith trade, Cousins won’t be making more than two stops on his path to a new team.

  9. It would seem to me that, since the Redskins have no intention of signing him before free agency, they would at least be courteous and honest enough to simply release him from his current contract and let him start to find his new team today. But, very few teams in the NFL have the integrity or moral standards to do that.

  10. Kirk needs to take the highest $$$ amount offered, otherwise he is going to hurt other QB’s in the future. Kirk’s own quote: “There are other quarterbacks that come after you. It would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in position to have a contract. If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them, and you’re setting them back as well.”

  11. “Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!”
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    Good QB play isn’t all that new to the NFC North… he would make a nice #3 behind Stafford and Rodgers tho!

  12. 8oneanddones says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm
    Please stop with the Peyton Manning analogies. Whatever team signs Cousins is destined for 8-8 mediocrity.

    I’m sorry you can thumbs down the guy but his logic is sound. As a starter he is 9-7, 8-7-1, and 7-9. He likely has value to a QB starved team but his record is pedestrian and Jeff Fisher-like.

    Do you want Jeff Fisher as the coach of your team?

  13. Can we please stop claiming Cousins thrived in Washington? He did no such thing. You can argue that he put up impressive numbers, but context is everything. Everything bad that happened in DC wasn’t his fault, but he never won a big game and you can’t blame the defense for everything. He’s a glorified backup who achieved cult status because he was the anti-Griffin, not for good qb play.

    Cousins has never won a playoff game. The Skins one playoff appearance under Cousins is more a result of luck than him being a good qb. They did not beat a team over .500 that season. His career record is under .500, his career record against teams over .500 is cringeworthy and he’s also a turnover machine.

    He’s not accurate, he stinks at throwing the deep ball and some folks on here think he’s the missing link to a super bowl team. Not likely. He’s also not the team guy that he puports to be. Do you hear anyone from Washington upset about Cousins leaving? Its because he won’t be missed. Cousins was about promoting his phony image and creating misleading stats. Washington has made a lot of mistakes the past few years, but they were smart to get out of the fools gold sweepstakes.

  14. It’s gotta be the Vikes, right? 9 dome games a year (including Detroit) and a great window to win right away. Lock it up. And the fact he was able to stack $44 mil over the last 2 years means he may be willing to sign at least a somewhat team friendly deal. At this point, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t happen.

  15. Cousins is the marquee example of why the franchise tag can paint teams into a corner.

    Washington could’ve signed him to a reasonable deal but wanted him to prove himself. That’s perfectly reasonable. But once they tagged him, his value was WAY over what they were willing to pay, which only went up the second year.

    Same thing with Bell – by tagging him his “value” has been set at $14 mil – that’s like $5 mil above the next RB, which is crazy. But now that the value has been set by the tag it makes it extremely difficult for the team to negotiate in a price neighborhood they’re happy with.

    The franchise tag sets up these situations where the player (and/or their rep) doesn’t want to come down and the team doesn’t want to move up to the tag’s yearly value.

    So saying Cousins isn’t “worth” whatever he’s about to be paid is irrelevant – his value is what the market says it is, and Washington raised his value greatly by tagging him twice.

  16. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 am
    See you in Minnesota. Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!
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    Sure.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Packers will be the team to beat in the NFCN. Again.

  17. hcicron says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I know my skins owner has a bad history and therefore well deserved reputation. However he is trying to do it right now by staying out of the way. The only dysfunction I can think of that is being referenced was by Scot and Cousins agent. Scot didn’t trust cousins to be the guy and tagged him on a prove it deal. Something many, many people thought was a great idea at the time. Once cousins did well it was too late. He had all the leverage and his agent knew it and refused to discuss a long term deal. One of the reasons Scot was fired IMO (that and some less than stellar top draft picks). This site has some serious biases.

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    Must be Bruce Allen or one of his cronies accounts because it was widely known that Scot was pushing for the contract earlier.

  18. One more week of having to listen about how the Skins “might still place the franchise tag” on Cousins because they play “the pettiness game”. It’s sad how little objectivity there is here in the reports on this team.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 am
    See you in Minnesota. Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!
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    Sure.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Packers will be the team to beat in the NFCN. Again.
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Vikings have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the pack…

  20. Packers the team to beat in the NFCN again based on What? Erin coming back? That great defense or the hall of fame running back and receivers,or wait the best oline in football? What you smoking up there?

  21. willycents says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    It would seem to me that, since the Redskins have no intention of signing him before free agency, they would at least be courteous and honest enough to simply release him from his current contract and let him start to find his new team today. But, very few teams in the NFL have the integrity or moral standards to do that.
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    If the Skins were to do this, you do realize that they would be forfeiting their chance to receive a compensatory draft pick when Cousins leaves. What you suggest as a “courteous and honest” move would actually be an incredibly stupid move to make.

  22. If Cousins visits Minnesota, he’ll see an elite stadium and a brand new training facility. He’ll meet with brilliant coaches who will explain how they will get the most out of him. He already knows that the Mall of America has a Shake Shack.

    The one thing he might not see is the biggest possible contract offer he could get. If he really wants to win, he might have to accept some team-friendly terms so the Vikings don’t feel like they won’t be able to improve their team in other areas. They do have other options so I don’t see them being locked into Cousins at any price.

  23. I think Cousins is facing a decision that is unique in the NFL. He has the leverage and numerous factors to consider. Several factors that some may not have incorporated in the analysis (or rants) made by commentators: (1) Where will Cousins’ wife be happy, (2) State taxes, (3) Cost of Living (see below), (4) Offensive staff fit and (5) external earnings opportunities (external investment and endorsement opportunities that will set the stage for Cousins’ post NFL future). This is not about Cousins’ talent; it’s about his business approach to the process.

    For instance, using $30 million per year as a projected salary (for ease of comparison), Cousins would need to make $9 million more in New York to equal $30 million in Arizona to compensate for cost of living and state taxes. Minnesota would need to pay $35.2 million to equal $30 million in Arizona while Denver would need to pay $37.2 million per year to equal the $30 million Arizona number. Cleveland would come in at $33 million but would there be extensive post-NFL opportunities or Cousins in Cleveland?

    Cousins’ wife is from Georgia (He is a MSU grad) which is one of the reasons so many people expected him to go to the Jaguars (also Jacksonville is actually slightly cheaper than Arizona). What outside interests are most important to Cousins and his wife?

    What cities (or franchises) offer Cousins the best opportunities in his post NFL career? Cleveland and Buffalo have declining populations so the opportunities would be limited in those cities. Will the team GMS try to sell Cousins on future earning potential based on team supporters (seems like a good idea to me – just ask Elway).

    It will be fascinating to see how Cousins navigates the various currents to decide on his final decision.

  24. jgat12 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Vikings have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the pack…
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    Just for the sake of accuracy, the Vikings have won 4 of the last 5 games against the Packers. Of course, Packer fans will say that’s meaningless because of something that happened a decade ago, or something.

  25. Since when is it branded dysfunction when a team isn’t quite sold on a player and puts him under a one year prove it deal? Obviously, there was some posturing between the former gm and Cousins’ agent which ultimately led to him being tagged the second year. I guess the team felt that signing him to an extension wasn’t going to be such a production but Cousins’ used every bit of leverage from playing under the tag before creating a false floor of his true worth. Anyone with half a brain who watches football knows Cousins’ is know where near as good as Brady, Rodgers, Ben, and Brees but he is expecting to get paid like it. Sorry, I have no problem with the Redskins in this scenario and they played it perfectly. Now Cousins’ will use his leverage to con a desperate team like Cleveland or the NYJ’s to drive up his price on the open market and will end up taking a slightly less deal from a contender like Denver. Or maybe he will go to NY for potential endorsement deal. I don’t think that would happen since the media there would eat him alive. He is what he is, a middling quarterback who can produce if given the pieces around him. I sincerely doubt he will experience any kind of long term success due to the amount of money he is seeking which will prohibit the team he plays for from signing any worthwhile pieces to help him.

  26. jgat12 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Vikings have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the pack…
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    My bubble is still intact. The Vikings have prevailed in four of the last five, two of which the Packers didn’t have Rodgers. No exactly intimidating. Plus, who is the Vikings quarterback? Do they have one yet?

  27. stellarperformance says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 am
    See you in Minnesota. Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!
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    Sure.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Packers will be the team to beat in the NFCN. Again.

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    Seriously? Packers will be lucky to finish 8-8. Stop being a rube. New OC, new QB coach, Your main man is not happy about the QB coach change. He is also coming to the end of his contract. Morgan Burnett might be a free agent and Packers D is not that good anyway. Just becuase the Green Jesus is coming back doesn’t automatically qualify you for the play-offs. WR corp is mediocre at best, running game is practically non-existent, so tell us all in the NFC North how the Packers are the team to beat.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 am
    See you in Minnesota. Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!
    //////////////////////////////

    Sure.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Packers will be the team to beat in the NFCN. Again.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4
    Packers are a MESS, a new GM, A Head Coach that is out of touch, and over the hill Football wise. You have ridden Rodgers as far as he will take you. He has a glass shoulder and you have no other option at QB.
    Game Over: Thanks for playing…. Seeing the Packers in a free Fall is Wonderful after the past 6 or 7 years of Packer fans thumping their chest, hahahahaha… Minnesota will not be 13-3 next year but they will win the Division, and the Packers will miss the playoffs for the 2nd year.

  29. stellarperformance says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 am
    See you in Minnesota. Every other NFCN team is shaking in their boots right now!
    //////////////////////////////

    Sure.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Packers will be the team to beat in the NFCN. Again.
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Vikings have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the pack…

    To say Green Bay is better is foolish, but for these other posts to say Green Bay will be a breeze are also foolish.

    And that record is 4-4 these past 4 yrs (2014 2-0, 2015 1-1, 2016 1-1, 2017 0-2) with last year a-aron going down during the 1st matchup.

    But I hope Kirk goes to Vikings because he is mediocre at best and chokes when it counts.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    My bubble is still intact. The Vikings have prevailed in four of the last five, two of which the Packers didn’t have Rodgers. No exactly intimidating. Plus, who is the Vikings quarterback? Do they have one yet?
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    Does it matter? Those four wins have come from three different quarterbacks. One of those wins came in Bradford’s first start as a Viking after he joined the team two weeks earlier.

    Sorry you didn’t have your starting quarterback in a couple of those games. I didn’t know we had to provide one for you.

  31. In Teddy We Trust says:

    February 27, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    jgat12 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Vikings have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the pack…
    ________

    Just for the sake of accuracy, the Vikings have won 4 of the last 5 games against the Packers. Of course, Packer fans will say that’s meaningless because of something that happened a decade ago, or something.
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    also, don’t forget about all of those great teams who won championships playing in the manure pasture behind the big Oak tree on the North 80!

  32. I’m confused according to another thread Minnesota posters state if the Vikings want him he is there. Based on this headline the vikings don’t want him or is it the annual bluster from Viking posters who win every offseason?

  33. If Jon Gruden is truly intent on putting together a winning team he will consider bringing in Cousins. The Raiders need to admit that they made a horrible decision by paying $25M a year to a guy who has never won anything of substance.

  34. It’s always funny to see how many excuses people can make against somebody they don’t like for whatever reason. Kirk Cousins has performed like a top ten QB for 3 years on a bad team and yet somehow he’s to blame for not winning more games. Over the course of Cousin’s three years as the starter the Washington defense has been in the bottom third of the league. The running game has been inconsistent and among the lowest producing in the league. The only good thing about the Redskins team the past 3 years has been their passing game. The only consistent part of this team has been Cousins putting up top ten numbers and it’s been with different receivers, some missing major time due to injury like Reed, or in the case of this season, missing the starters from the previous season. It’s come with terrible Oline play due to injury like this past season when the Skins were starting players off the street and practice squad some weeks.

    QB’s don’t win with bad teams around them. It doesn’t happen. Brees went 7-9 and with the Saints for 3 seasons before they finally improved the roster and made the playoffs this year. Phillip Rivers hasn’t come close to the playoffs for years. Matthew Stafford has played in exactly one more playoff game his entire career than Cousins and lost both. Aaron Rodgers has been to 1 SB in his entire career. No matter how you feel about Cousins, he is a top ten caliber QB who is available to the highest bidder and teams like the Vikings and Broncos are interested because they know he’s good enough to make them SB contenders with the roster they have to put around him. The Vikings are going to go after Cousins and they should because he’s a major step up from what they had last year. The Vikings were indifferent every time they were asked about Keenum because they know he’s a journeyman who got on a role that couldn’t be sustained. They know Bridgewater while a solid character guy is not a franchise QB and wasn’t before the injury either. They have the ability to add a QB who has averaged about 4500 yards 25 TD’s a season on a bad team. Put Cousins on the Vikings and they are instantly a favorite for the SB with the roster they have.

  35. I hope his demands are so high that he never receives an offer. His statements on this have been enough to make me (if I was a GM) not even bother to talk to the guy.

  36. kinggw says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm
    Can we please stop claiming Cousins thrived in Washington? He did no such thing. You can argue that he put up impressive numbers, but context is everything. Everything bad that happened in DC wasn’t his fault, but he never won a big game and you can’t blame the defense for everything. He’s a glorified backup who achieved cult status because he was the anti-Griffin, not for good qb play.

    Cousins has never won a playoff game. The Skins one playoff appearance under Cousins is more a result of luck than him being a good qb. They did not beat a team over .500 that season. His career record is under .500, his career record against teams over .500 is cringeworthy and he’s also a turnover machine.

    He’s not accurate, he stinks at throwing the deep ball and some folks on here think he’s the missing link to a super bowl team. Not likely. He’s also not the team guy that he puports to be. Do you hear anyone from Washington upset about Cousins leaving? Its because he won’t be missed. Cousins was about promoting his phony image and creating misleading stats. Washington has made a lot of mistakes the past few years, but they were smart to get out of the fools gold sweepstakes.
    …………………………………………………………………….
    Glad at least one poster here has a brain…that works…couldn’t have said it better myself…can’t wait to read these same posters clamoring for him now to be crying about him come december…

  37. kneedragr says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    Your history is fantasy hcicron – Scot was begging the brass to sign Cousins long term before his price went through the ceiling. The proposed amount seemed quite reasonable now, 15m/year. Cousins was willing but the brass wanted him to prove it. He proved it, and is now moving on for what will likely be double that amount. .
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    Scot was not begging anyone. He’s even quoted as saying” the qb position is important but you know what? So are a lot of other ones” He was fine offering a low contract and even said” I’ll be fine to overpay if he proves it”.

  38. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:58 amSeriously?

    Packers will be lucky to finish 8-8. Stop being a rube. New OC, new QB coach, Your main man is not happy about the QB coach change. He is also coming to the end of his contract. Morgan Burnett might be a free agent and Packers D is not that good anyway. Just becuase the Green Jesus is coming back doesn’t automatically qualify you for the play-offs. WR corp is mediocre at best, running game is practically non-existent, so tell us all in the NFC North how the Packers are the team to beat.
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    1. Vikings have a new OC and a new QB coach. Is that a problem for them?
    2. Morgan Burnett is under contract for another season. Rodgers under contract for two more.
    3. Aaron Jones had better YPC than Dalvin Cook (who tore his ACL).

    Other than that, you nailed it.

  39. willycents says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    …they would at least be courteous and honest enough to simply release him from his current contract and let him start to find his new team today. But, very few teams in the NFL have the integrity or moral standards to do that.
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    Willy, I’m interested to find out which teams you consider to have the integrity or moral standards to do such a “courteous and honest” thing?

    Also, do you think such a thing as you suggest has ever happened before – releasing a starting QB who is under the age of 30 so he can hit the market early and help him find his new team while also foregoing any claims to a compensatory draft pick?

    Short answer to the 2nd question – It’s never been done. The first GM that does it loses his job.

  40. I wish him well. He got really nice money with the franchise tags from Washington so he’s not crying poor. Tom Brady has been underpaid in New England for decades and they still are in the Super Bowl almost every year because he leaves enough money on the table for them to put better players around him. The next head coach for the Patriots is going to be…. Tom Brady. He doesn’t need to sit out to learn to be a leader of men. He has nothing left to prove under center.

  41. Cousins WANTS to play for a playoff team who has a Super Bowl chance. He has already said he prefers Minnesota to New York, Denver, and Gawd forbid Cleveland. Jets fans turn into what they are (watch Seinfeld) if a QB makes one bad play, Nobody in their right mind wants to play there. Cousins has already made a full careers worth of money. He wants a ring. Minnesota is a QB, a Corner, O-lineman and D-Lineman short from making that happen.

  42. The Vikings have had three years in a row of Pro-Bowl (caliber) play from their quarterbacks, complimented by a “vaunted” defense, and have absolutely nothing to show for it. Nothing indicates that circumstance will suddenly get better. If not for a fluky never-happen-again stroke of luck, they would’ve easily added to their all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances, and should have! And their overrated defense was exposed as pretenders.

    Without a doubt, the New Green Bay Packers are once again the team to beat in the NFCN. You guys can go back to pretending you belong.

  43. I love the media take on dysfunction in DC.same coach, and GM for years. Don’t overpay for talent. Won the division in 2012, and have been to the playoffs recently.Dan Snyder is basically a hermit over the last 5 years.sounds like the definition of a team that’s steadily trying build. Oh that’s right, they’re called the REDSKINS so they must be evil.

  44. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I’m confused according to another thread Minnesota posters state if the Vikings want him he is there. Based on this headline the vikings don’t want him or is it the annual bluster from Viking posters who win every offseason?
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    I’m not surprised you’re confused but I don’t see any inconsistency here. The headline says he will take one or more free agency visits. He might visit Minnesota and sign there without making any other visits. He might decide that their offer isn’t big enough and visit someplace else. If the Vikings don’t match another team’s offer, that means they didn’t really want him at the price he eventually got. They can afford to give him whatever is necessary to sign him, but they don’t really want him if they’ll only make a lowball offer.

  45. Minnesota will have over 60 Million in cap space this year, IF they want Cousins bad enough he will be playing here. Not much else to say. BUT, paying that much to one player may not be smart. Minnesota could sign an number of QB’s at nearly 1/2 of Cousins expected demands.
    With that extra 15 Million Dollars plus the other 30+ million in cap space they can extend their young pro bowl Defensive starters for years, and have enough for needed weak areas such as Offensive/Defensive line depth, Defensive back and depth in free agency and in the draft. It may make more sense to trade up in the 1st round for one of the fantastic QB’s and sign a Vet to a 1 or 2 year contract, and develop the Rookie.

  46. I’d like to see the Browns offer 18.5% of the cap, 100% guaranteed, 5-year contract to Kirk Cousins. In addition, they could try to “pre-pay” as much extra that they have under the cap this year, to off-set the future cap hits… kind of like a reverse signing bonus since the “savings” will be spread out over future years.

    That will leave them with a bounty of picks to build around Cousins.

  47. I hear often what Tom Brady is getting paid in relationship to other QB’s. Tom’s wife makes 50 million per year so Tom is willing to take less money. Cousins will become a Viking for a variety of reasons. The Redskin handed Cousins a winning lottery ticket and expected him not to cash it in. In a couple of years Cousins will be making lower top 10 money with the salary cap heading up and new contracts on the way. I never regret anyone cashing in.

  48. tyorkiv03 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Packers the team to beat in the NFCN again based on What? Erin coming back? That great defense or the hall of fame running back and receivers,or wait the best oline in football? What you smoking up there?
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    MayB that Stella guy was referring to the fact that the Pack retained Coach Mike McMuffin and hired two failed head coaches, two unimaginative dinosaurs, as coordinators. Sounds like a winning recipe to me.

  49. ariani1985 said:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    the traditionally horrible Packers defense is quivering in the corner sucking their 3rd place thumbs!

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    Because of Cousins? Bwahahahahaha! No.

    Now, if the Vikings would have been smart and not passed on Rodgers (twice!)in the 2005 draft, then the Packers would have something to fear. But no, the Vikings blew it, as they always have and always will.

    The Vikings should mortgage their future on Cousins. They don’t really need to resign all those players who will be free agents next year. Just give it all to Cousins!

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