Kirk Cousins hasn’t finalized his plan for making free-agency visits

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Three days from the start of free agency, one of the hottest veteran prospects should have plenty of interest. The question becomes whether quarterback Kirk Cousins will do a Brock Osweiler-style sight-unseen deal, or whether Cousins will engage in a Peyton Manning-style screening of teams.

As of two weeks ago, Cousins had planned to make at least one visit. In response to a report from ESPN that Cousins will do a deal without taking a visit, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the plans for taking visits or not taking visits have not been finalized — and that no plans have been shared with ESPN.

It’s possible Cousins’ prior plan to take at least one visit will change if teams like the Vikings, Broncos, Cardinals, and/or Jets extend offers to multiple quarterbacks at the same time and say, “First one to accept wins.” That could force Cousins to agree to terms without getting a chance to visit the facility, meet the coaching staff, talk to the G.M., shake hands with the owners, etc.

For now, again, the plan hasn’t been finalized. The fact, however, that his plan has been adjusted in the past two weeks suggests that Cousins is bracing for an aggressive either-or effort by teams that enter the process with a list of two or more targets at quarterback, a pre-set price for each one, and an invitation to be the first one to pounce.

57 responses to “Kirk Cousins hasn’t finalized his plan for making free-agency visits

  1. Make it the Vikes, Kirk! Best team with the best chance to win now! As a former QB and current HOF member once said while on this team…”Pieces are in Place”! SKOL!!

  2. Cousins seems like the type of guy who will play the spotlight it for all its worth. The winner in this will end up being the loser because this guy is as over rated as it gets.

  3. The Vikings are simply in the Drivers seat with a QB rich Draft and a great number of free agents available Now the Browns have dropped out of the FA market after signing Taylor to mentor their new 1st round drafted QB, that is one less team picking the cream of FA QB’s

  4. “Cousins seems like the type of guy who will play the spotlight it for all its worth.”

    Doesn’t sound like you know Cousins very well..

  5. There are some teams that need a quarterback, and they don’t have to have Kirk Cousins. For example, Buffalo, Denver and the Jets are in the market for one, but they may settle for, say, AJ McCarron , Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford. They therefore may not wait for Cousins to come for a visit. OTOH, Minnesota is probably one team that would much rather have Cousins or Brees because the other options are much less attractive.

  6. If he wants the money he’ll go to the Jets or the Cardinals, if he wants a chance to compete for a ring he’ll go the Broncos or the Vikings.

    If I was in his ear I’d suggest the later options as it would help mask any issues he has and give him a better chance of making big money the next time he hits the market.

  7. Forgive us for not really caring if Cousins either gets a 26 mil per or a 27 mil per contract..The amount of money this B+ QB is about to make is rediculous. Same goes for all professional athletes. Congrats for being good enough to command that money, but people in the every day life do not care if someone we will most likely never know on a personal level kaes an absurd amount of money per year. Don’t get me started on the banks. Rant over.

  8. I hope he finds the right place and has playoff success. It sucks being a Redskin fan, you want the team to win but you want Dan Snyder to lose.

  9. I love how vikings fans think Kirk cousins=Superbowl. I don’t see where keenum was the problem. I can promise you though, as a Kirk fan, he’s not making that throw to Diggs against the saints. He wouldn’t have even attempted it. He’d have checked it down and hoped for the best.

  10. Manny’s would be fitting. An overpriced, overrated QB eating at an overpriced, overrated steakhouse.

  11. 100% I have the scoop and the Minnesota Vikings are all in on Kirk Cousins.. I would bet the house they land him.. And their going pay a heck of a steep price… Washington didn’t give this guy a long term contract for a reason so even though 2017 was his down year, and that’s with 27-14 TD pick ratio which isn’t bad, he picked his performance up late in the 2nd half of the season. The guy has talent but not an ounce of swagger. “How ya like that”!!

  12. I’m a nice guy, so let me correct the header for this story:

    “Kirk Cousins hasn’t finalized the list of teams he is going to try and fleece!”

  13. Kirk Couisins should pay some respect to the original pastime and have a look at the ol’ Hot Stove League.

    They don’t want to pay you, man. Someone else can throw footballs at tall fast guys. You can’t prove collusion but you can be disappointed.

  14. Kirk should definitely become an agent when he’s finished playing. He’s somehow parlayed his middle-of-the-pack skills set into a 2018 gold rush for his services, pinpointing THIS offseason’s All-we-need-is-one-more-piece-to-reach-SuperBowl delusional owners. A long con well-played!

  15. Did ANY of you stop to think he is not going to do a thing until Alex Smith trade becomes official and he is a Redskin.

  16. McCarron to Minnesota…..

    Zimmer will speak to AJ McCarron IMO……He knows him well from all those hours of practice in Cincy.

    If AJ doesn’t visit with Minny; that tells us a lot about McCarron……. (or at least what Zimmer truly thinks of him…..)

  17. I hope cousins gets a a ridiculously huge deal (just not from Vikes). And, gb will need State Farm Insurance after the damage rodgers inflicts.

  18. jbvikes says:
    March 11, 2018 at 11:21 pm
    Make it the Vikes, Kirk! Best team with the best chance to win now! As a former QB and current HOF member once said while on this team…”Pieces are in Place”! SKOL!!

    Many, many many teams…have 1 good year, then fade, then another decent year…Happens alot in NFL now w/salary cap and FA….Very few teams, Patriots and Steelers are only 2 that come to mind in last 25 years…are able to continuously contend for Championships year in and year out.

    The great teams…are those who year after year, make sure their bottom 25 players are strong and capable…As we saw from this years SB, they were 2 teams w/many starters on IR..yet their backups were really really good.

    Vikings fans…so hungry for a winner…think 1 good year the recipe..Let’s see what they do w/it. As we’ve seen w/Falcons and Seahawks, the window closes fast.

  19. If Cousins does go to the Vikings, will he keep them from giving up 38 points in the NFC Championship?

  20. I see that the blowout loss to the Eagles in the NFC Championship hasn’t quite humbled the Vikings fans!
    As I recall, you all thought the Super Bowl was a lock with Keenum too. The strangely overconfident “SKOL Nation” is starting next season right where they left off. You do realize that the Saints, Rams, Eagles, Falcons, Packers (w/ Rodgers) and even the 49ers play in the NFC as well…right? Kirk Cousins does. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the AFC.

  21. jquaste says:

    March 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I see that the blowout loss to the Eagles in the NFC Championship hasn’t quite humbled the Vikings fans!
    As I recall, you all thought the Super Bowl was a lock with Keenum too. The strangely overconfident “SKOL Nation” is starting next season right where they left off. You do realize that the Saints, Rams, Eagles, Falcons, Packers (w/ Rodgers) and even the 49ers play in the NFC as well…right? Kirk Cousins does. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the AFC.

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    What’s wrong with having confidence in your team? Despite the loss…the Vikings were a very good team last year that came up short. No reason to think they can’t learn and improve. Nothing wrong with having confidence in your team.

    All those teams in the NFC you mention…the Vikings beat with a less talented Case Keenum (Minus the Eagles). Not signing with the Vikings because of other teams is a stupid reason.

  22. This must be a Vikes’ fan comment board today, since all the posters questioning the wisdom of signing Cousins to an exorbitant contract, when you went 13-3 with a statistically better QB last year, get a thumbs down. I am prepared for my thumbs down.

    Cousins, by any definition, is not an elite QB. He is nowhere near an elite QB. He was ranked NUMBER NINETEEN by PFF, smack dab in average territory – yet the Vikings (and to be fair, others) want to give him elite QB dollars. He has regressed in every major stat over the last 3 years, (except for yards where he spiked in 2016 before falling off by nearly 20% in 2017), including Comp%, TD:INT ratio, INT%, and Rating. Declined.

    Case Keenum – who took you to a 13-3 record and the verge of the SB, was number 9 by the way.

    Yet Minnesota fans think he is the second coming, and will pay him as such. As a long time football fan, let me tell you. QB is not your problem. Unless you are getting Brees, QB is not your answer.

    All the enthusiasm around overpaying for Cousins in skol country makes me realize why this franchise has never won a Super Bowl, and likely won’t next year either.

  23. Kirk Cousins is the perfect Viking; overrated, overpaid, and can’t seem to win when it really counts. I hope the Vikings end up signing him at plus $30M and wreck their longterm prospects (as small as they are) more than when they traded for Hershel Walker or gave up the farm for Sam Bradford.

    Which begs the question, when will they ever learn?

  24. is must be a Vikes’ fan comment board today, since all the posters questioning the wisdom of signing Cousins to an exorbitant contract, when you went 13-3 with a statistically better QB last year, get a thumbs down. I am prepared for my thumbs down.

    Cousins, by any definition, is not an elite QB. He is nowhere near an elite QB. He was ranked NUMBER NINETEEN by PFF, smack dab in average territory – yet the Vikings (and to be fair, others) want to give him elite QB dollars. He has regressed in every major stat over the last 3 years, (except for yards where he spiked in 2016 before falling off by nearly 20% in 2017), including Comp%, TD:INT ratio, INT%, and Rating. Declined. Case Keenum – who took you to a 13-3 record and the verge of the SB, was number 9 by the way.Yet Minnesota fans think he is the second coming, and will pay him as such. As a long time football fan, let me tell you. QB is not your problem. Unless you are getting Brees, QB is not your answer.

    All the enthusiasm around overpaying for Cousins in skol country makes me realize why this franchise has never won a Super Bowl, and likely won’t next year either.

    —————–

    Kirk Cousin’s has been on some really bad teams, but has still had good Stats. He had a 5,000 yard season, followed by a pair of 4k ones. Most of us Vikings realize he isn’t Elite. And yes, he could make Elite dollars, but that’s just the QB market right now. If you want stability at the QB position you have to pay for it. It’s unfortunate how the market is that way.

    There are risks to both Case Keenum and Cousin’s. Case played better than Cousin’s last year, but Case also played on a way better team. Case has played pretty poorly other years on worse teams, vs. Cousin’s has put up decent numbers on good teams.

    So should we take a guy with who could be a flash in the pan (Case Keenum) or a guy with a more accomplished resume? His Win Loss record isn’t impressive, but look at the teams he’s been on. The Redskins have been pretty bad the last 3 years. Most of us don’t think Cousin’s is the second coming, but we do think there is less risk with him than Case. We are looking for a QB who can put up the production Case did for 3 years. That’s all we need. The roster for the Vikings is very good. So it’s not that we think he is the second coming…more we think he has less risk than the QB’s we have currently.

  25. Love how everyone now says Cousins will be a Viking, when before you all said he would be a Bronco. My money is still on the Jets simply because they will offer Cousins the most guaranteed money. Book it!

  26. The guy seems like a bit of princess. He could never quite get over the fact that the Redskins didn’t give him a long term contract before he had proved himself despite a high interception percentage early in his career and at one point losing the starting job to Colt McCoy, only getting it back because McCoy got injured.

    He will go to the team that makes him feel special. Buyer beware, this someone who never felt he could be a leader without a big contract, and never looked in charge of the huddle even when he was tagged as a franchise player. Also, whilst Cousins has put up good numbers in Gruden’s offense, McCoy looked as good. Andy Dalton looked good in Cincy, until the playoffs. Cousin’s game has gone to pieces in critical games during the regular season.

    Cousins is Andy Dalton, with a bit more touch but less arm strength and less command. Also, Cousins has let his agent handle negotiations with the Redskins and the agent is out to make a name for himself and his percentage.

    As much as the Vikings make sense as the best fit for Cousins the man and player, the Jets have the most cap room, being a QB in a big market with the biggest contract in history is going to be really attractive to a guy who felt being paid $20m a year by the ‘Skins was disrespectful.

  27. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    March 12, 2018 at 12:22 am
    Dear Kirk, please go to the Vikes.
    Sincerely,
    Lions Fan.
    ________________________________

    You want to talk about an over paid average QB? Witness Matthew Stafford. Has he won a playoff game yet? I believe he did make it to the playoff’s once, so that’s a positive.

  28. Cousin’s could be a Jet. I guess it really depends on if Cousin’s is talling the truth or not. Does he want to win, or make a stack of money? If he wants to win it’s Vikings, plain and simple. They have a decent Offensive Line, good Wide Receivers (Diggs and Theilan), good TE, good Running back, good defense. Just need a capable QB. If he wants tons of cash it will be the Jets.

  29. As a Vikes fan, I’m good with signing Cousins to a fat contract and losing the rest of the QBs (though I’d sort of like to see Teddy as Kirk’s backup).

    The only reason I’m really Ok with this is because we all know Aaron Rodgers is lurking in the dark, waiting for Kirk to get signed. Then it will be time for Green Bay to make a huge decision: Pay Rodgers whatever he wants or come to grips with the possibility of letting him go.

    If Cousins isn’t everything we hope he’ll be in Minny, at least he’ll help us hamstring the Packers cap wise. (even if he doesn’t end up in Minny really)

  30. haha vikings fans said case keenum was gonna lead them to the superbowl, he was great for ya last year. now you turn your backs on him and want kirk cousins? bahahahahaha so last year keenum had 3547 yards passing with 22 td,s and 7 picks for a qb rating of 98.3 while cousins had 4,093 yards passing 27 tds 13 picks and a qb rating of 93.9. oh and keenum only played in 15 games last year right??? bahahahahahaha vikings gonna overpay for kirk cousinsand let the better qb leave, well thats great news that the vikings are gonna be poop again real soon….

  31. haha vikings fans said case keenum was gonna lead them to the superbowl, he was great for ya last year. now you turn your backs on him and want kirk cousins? bahahahahaha so last year keenum had 3547 yards passing with 22 td,s and 7 picks for a qb rating of 98.3 while cousins had 4,093 yards passing 27 tds 13 picks and a qb rating of 93.9. oh and keenum only played in 15 games last year right??? bahahahahahaha vikings gonna overpay for kirk cousinsand let the better qb leave, well thats great news that the vikings are gonna be poop again real soon…

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    How are the Vikings going to be poop? Cousin’s has had better years stats wise than Case many years. Case has had one good year. That doesn’t mean he will ever be good again. The Vikings defense, offensive line and most of the team will be back net year. If Cousins plays decent the Vikings should be decent again. Cousin’s has played on really bad teams.

  32. whatjusthapped says:

    March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Kirk Cousins is the perfect Viking; overrated, overpaid, and can’t seem to win when it really counts. I hope the Vikings end up signing him at plus $30M and wreck their longterm prospects (as small as they are) more than when they traded for Hershel Walker or gave up the farm for Sam Bradford.

    Which begs the question, when will they ever learn?

    ———————

    Whatever Cousin’s signs, for whoever. Rodgers will be paid way more and the Packers will never get a good team.

  33. World class stadium, world class training facility, world class team…of course, Kirk wants to be a Viking. NFC North dominance for the Vikings for the forseeable future. Pack may want to start discussing who will be their HC after this season. In fact, I could see them changing mid season if they get off to a bad start…they will.

  34. whatjusthapped says:
    March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am
    Kirk Cousins is the perfect Viking; overrated, overpaid, and can’t seem to win when it really counts. I hope the Vikings end up signing him at plus $30M and wreck their longterm prospects (as small as they are) more than when they traded for Hershel Walker or gave up the farm for Sam Bradford.

    Which begs the question, when will they ever learn?
    —————————————

    Your fear is showing. It doesn’t really matter who the QB will be because the Vikings could beat the Packers with probably 80% of the QBs in the league.

  35. dirtydrynn27 says:March 12, 2018 at 8:46 am
    All of you self righteous know it all Vikings fans….If he signs elsewhere I`m going to let you guys have it!!!
    ================================

    The Vikes fans will claim they didn’t want him anyways and that he’s just average.

  36. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    March 12, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Dear Kirk, please go to the Vikes.

    Sincerely,

    Lions Fan.
    __________

    As a Lions fan, you clearly know what you’re talking about because Kirk Cousins is essentially the same player as Matthew Stafford. Look at their record and stats the last three years; they’re nearly identical. The difference is that Stafford has to stay with the Lions while Cousins gets to go to the Vikings.

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