Cousins’ agent acknowledges plan to visit Minnesota first

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Kirk Cousins will be making a free-agency visit, after all.

Agent Mike McCartney says that Cousins will visit the Vikings once free agency opens.

“No final decisions have been made,” agent Mike McCartney said today. “The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That’s all we can say right now.”

It’s OK for Cousins to plan to visit Minnesota. It’s not OK for the plans for a visit to be actually made between Cousins and the Vikings. (A league source has confirmed that this rule is still on the books.) That’s one of the weird quirks of the negotiating window, during which teams are allowed to negotiate with a player’s agent, but during which arrangements for visits cannot be made.

If this sounds picky and hypertechnical, consider this: In 2016, the NFL whacked the Chiefs for talking directly to receiver Jeremy Maclin at a time when the Chiefs were permitted to only talk to his agent. And the Chiefs ultimately lost a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick over it.

Of course, it’s possible that Cousins has made his plans without an invitation. But if there’s any digital trail of flights, hotels, meal reservations, etc. — and if the NFL’s Arbitrary Wheel of Justice lands on “go get ’em” — the Vikings may find themselves in a bit of a predicament when the dust settles on their acquisition of the first healthy, sub-30 franchise quarterback in the history of free agency.

62 responses to “Cousins’ agent acknowledges plan to visit Minnesota first

  1. Oh and he’s not a franchise QB. Not even close. He’s the best mediocre QB on the market, which means he’ll get paid by a team hoping he’s a franchise QB.

  2. Let them take a draft pick away. After Cousins commits highway robbery and fleeces the team for way to much money they won’t be able to afford any other players anyways!

  3. So you can agree on terms of a contract that is worth millions of dollars, but don’t dare invite that player to visit his potential place of employment…almost sounds ridiculous, but it’s the NFL, so it sounds about right…

  4. Stupid. Could have had Case for 50% of the price and 95% of the productivity – leaving more money to shore up other positions.

  5. So much for the Vikings leaking the $28 million per season as a done deal. Kirk Cousins and his agent have all of the power in this negotiation and $28 million is going to wind up looking like a bargain when they’re done playing the Vikings and Jets against each other!

  6. That’s just so Vikings, no team is better at finding completely unnecessary ways to lose than these guys.

  7. I think a fair and equitable penalty for this is loss of AT LEAST 2 first round draft choices. This is essentially MIN spitting in the league’s face. Either there are rules or there aren’t. Come on Goodell, grow a pair.

  8. Agent Mike McCartney? Really? Is this just Mike McCarthy in disguise screwing over the Vikes?

  9. The most overused phrase of 2018 – “…the first healthy, sub-30 franchise quarterback in the history of free agency.” Should be replaced by Florio’s wet dream.

  10. Oh man. Feel bad for Vikings fans. Redskin fan offering condolences.

    Brock Osweiler/Scott Mitchell all over again. Not going to go well. At his best you can go 9-7 with him.

  11. So overpaid its not funny. More skills than Keenum but only slightly better. Maybe the move to a good team with escalate his production. Good chance you will see the Keenum of the Rams/Texans in Denver now that he left MN. Denver is a dumpster fire with 0 coaches.

  12. LOL – now that we don’t have any further drama about where Cousins will sign, we get a desperate attempt at stirring up some controversy about tampering. Nice try, but total speculation without any basis. Oh, and BTW, Cousins is a quality QB with a great arm and will be a big improvement for the Vikes.

  13. If the Vikings do end up signing Cousins, the a reporter should immediately ask Zimmer “Is Kirk Cousins your week one starter?”…and then see what he says.

  14. Agent to Vikings: “Kirk enjoyed his visit to the Twin Cities during Super Bowl week, and wishes to bring his wife up there this week. He would love to walk through the new workout facility that just opened this week. We will be in contact with Mr Speilman on Wednesday.”

  15. The NFL is fixed. They use directed energy technology. Just watch the ball on field goals…you can see it subtly jerk in the intended direction.

  16. .
    Luckily, all major networks will be covering the trip live. It’s being touted as the most important meeting since Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met in Yalta in 1945.
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  17. Doesn’t really matter who they Barneys get, they’ll return to their normal bottom feeding habits this year.

  18. All the hate here is unreal. I didn’t know every wanker on this board had a crystal ball and could see the how Cousin’s future with the VIkings would play out. After the season is done, will you *please* come back and tell me how your predictions fared?

    Or, here’s an idea: let’s wait and see what a good QB with a very good team accomplishes? Or is that too difficult?

  19. That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Why in the world would you be able to discuss contract parameters but not be able to invite the player to come for a visit? The NFL is so ridiculous in their attempts to control things.

  20. If you don’t think Cousins is a “franchise” qb then you are basically saying there are only 3-5 “franchise” qbs in the NFL. Cousins is squarely in that second group of qbs after Rodgers/Brady/Brees of the world. He is a better qb than Case, which is really the only question that matters if you are the Vikings.

  21. I think this is best for all parties..cousins, the vikes and most importantly the Jets.

    They should resign McCown and add a guy like Bridgewater or McCarron AND draft the Best Quarterback available at 6 OR even move up to take Mayfield.

    Or get Foles and draft a second tier QB prospect like rudolph or faulk

  22. Please just keep him away from the Jets! Jets and Redskins have about the same amount of talent and he has already proven that he cant carry a team by himself.

  23. Makes sense. He knows the pot of gold – and little else of value – is in Jersey, so he’ll first check out the culture and prospect of winning in MN before going to Jersey and saying, “how stupendously rich are you willing to make me?”

    Hard to fault him either way. In MN he’ll have a legit shot at the SB for a few years to come, and with the Jets he’d be making an historic fortune. In a few years he’ll likely be able to look back on a personally successful choice and have enough money for his great-great-grandchildren to live in comfort.

  24. The Jets should sign Bridgewater and draft Mayfield. Perfect situation for both guys, since the Jets look like big players in the offensive line market, Teddy can get the opportunity to play behind a good offensive line that he didn’t have in his early days and possibly parlay it into big money with another team and Mayfield can sit behind Teddy for a year or half the season and really learn from a consummate pro.

  25. newjerseygiants says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Bradford to the Jets! Book it!

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    When healthy, he’s better than any other QB available. If a team has a solid backup, he’d be a great choice.

    Jets think they need to break the bank for Cousins, but with, say, Bradford & McCown, they’d have one of the better situations in the league, and a lot more money left to spend elsewhere.

  26. What an idiotic move. Coursins is basically Andy Dalton, how’d that workout in Cinn? Great talent, crappy QB. 87M guarantees one thing, in 3 years the Vikings will be in the running for the 1st pick overall and this mediocrity they are signing to play QB will be lucky if he ever wins a playoff game.

  27. Keenum lead the Vikings well but also made boneheaded throws that made certain blow out games close and almost cost them wins. He left multiple points on the field with wide open players deep that he didn’t have the arm strength to reach. Cousins has that. Now it’s a comparison. Is Keenum worth $20 mil per yr vs Cousins $28 mil. No on both. But if you’re going to pay that much for CK then paying for KC isn’t that big of a leap. Now you compare who else is available. Bradford or TB with the knees. McCown? Come on now. McCarron? Cousins is the best and only choice. DeFillipo is a QB whisperer. He will fix his issues rendering past performance mute. The $ will be less when the cap increases again. They will have to build through the draft which built the team they have now. Other teams were all in for the guy. Comes down to Keenum with a weaker arm vs Cousins who’s showed he can make all the throws. Case had his shot last NFCCG and only put up 1 TD. He held the ball too long. The Vikings decided Capt. Kirk was the choice. 0-52 in SB’s. Now was the time to try a new approach and sign the #1 free agent available and the Vikings did it. Here’s hoping it works and brings them that elusive Lombardi!

  28. This entire circus has been a lot of fun to watch. Not the team so much as the fans. The team has played it close to the vest, which is as it should be. The fans, though… in just a few short weeks they’ve gone from “Best QB situation in the NFL” to “Forget those guys, go all in on Cousins” to “Forget those guys AND Cousins, go all in on Brees” and back to “Go all in on Cousins.” I’m quite sure, if they roll with Bradford, Teddy and Sloter it will be “Best QB situation in the NFL” all over again. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  29. One thing everyone is forgetting is Cousins stated he would be visiting teams before the tampering window even opened. He made his intentions known that he would visit with the team before he signs. I don’t see any rule being broken here.

  30. Great QBs: Wentz, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Wilson, Roethlisburger.
    Very Good QBs: Ryan, Smith, Newton, Stafford, Garrapollo, Rivers, Luck.
    Good QBs: Cousins, Marriota, Watson, Carr, Foles, Keenum, Goff.
    Average QBs: Flacco, Dalton, Prescott, Taylor, Bradford, McCown.
    Bad QBs: All of the rest with the exception of Mahomes who there is not enough info yet.

  31. A lot of salty Packers Rubes here, they know what the Packers will have to pony up now.Leaving little cap room for the Packers to put a supporting cast around Rodgers. Washington was a mediocre team when Cousins was there. He is coming to a team with a top 10 offense, good running game in Cook, best WR duo in the league, adequate TE in Rudolph and a defense that once again be dominate. He never had that in Washington! The Skin were like a Green Bay East. Always depending on that one player much as Green Bay does to win games. You cannot out shoot everybody, you’re gonna lose more than you win.

    I’m confident that if it comes down with 3 minutes left in the game with a 21-17 lead, the defense of the Vikes will come through. At the end of the day, its the teams money and the owners decision, as a fan I’m just along for the ride. They watch way more film do more analysis of players than any of you Johnny Honyocks here trying to predict how it will turn out.

    The New Green Bay Packers gonna be the broke Green Bay Packers – all the years of bad drafts, lousy GMing and coaching have finally caught up with the Packers orgaization.

    This is gonna be a helluva ride -SKOL

  32. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    This entire circus has been a lot of fun to watch. Not the team so much as the fans. The team has played it close to the vest, which is as it should be. The fans, though… in just a few short weeks they’ve gone from “Best QB situation in the NFL” to “Forget those guys, go all in on Cousins” to “Forget those guys AND Cousins, go all in on Brees” and back to “Go all in on Cousins.” I’m quite sure, if they roll with Bradford, Teddy and Sloter it will be “Best QB situation in the NFL” all over again. You just can’t make this stuff up

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    Not hard to do, you just made that all up.

  33. “If you don’t think Cousins is a “franchise” qb then you are basically saying there are only 3-5 “franchise” qbs in the NFL.”

    This is exactly what franchise QB means. It doesn’t mean average or even above average. It means a QB who can carry your franchise and is more than just another important cog in that engine. A franchise QB can’t easily be replaced (Like Keenum and Cousins both are being easily replaced this year). Cousins just isn’t that kind of guy.

  34. toddc612 says:

    March 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    All the hate here is unreal. I didn’t know every wanker on this board had a crystal ball and could see the how Cousin’s future with the VIkings would play out. After the season is done, will you *please* come back and tell me how your predictions fared?

    Or, here’s an idea: let’s wait and see what a good QB with a very good team accomplishes? Or is that too difficult?

    ———-

    Losing to the Eagles in the NFCCG yet again. Sorry bud.

  35. Vikings look like they are taking negotiating tips from Obama and his team that did the disastrous Iran deal. They are bidding against themselves for a slightly above-average QB that will take 20% of their Salary Cap — SuperBowl not happening.

  36. Love all this talk about cousins not being good. He has never had even close to the defense he will have in Minnesota. Diggs, theilen, Rudolph, Cook are going to love him, maybe even Treadwell will finally show up. He has a great arm, can make all the throws plus now that he had a team actually behind him he will do well. The Redskins organization from the top all.the way down to their fans have never given him any chance to succeed or hell even be confident. Daniel Snyder is on Par with the worst franchise runner in NFL history. Welcome to Minnesota Mr Cousins, let’s win some super bowls.

  37. “If you don’t think Cousins is a “franchise” qb then you are basically saying there are only 3-5 “franchise” qbs in the NFL.”

    This is exactly what franchise QB means. It doesn’t mean average or even above average. It means a QB who can carry your franchise and is more than just another important cog in that engine. A franchise QB can’t easily be replaced (Like Keenum and Cousins both are being easily replaced this year). Cousins just isn’t that kind of guy.

    Do what you are saying is that Cousins is not a franchise qb, that he was easily replaced by Alex Smith? Sorry but what warrants Smith as a franchise qb? What has he done? For the life of me I don’t understand why the Redskins got Alex Smith, epitome of a game manager. Your game actually had to be good on offense and defense for a game manager to win games, the skins are not very good on either side of the ball. Cousins won plenty of games by carrying the team, Smith won’t do that with the surrounding cast. YOU LIKE THAT?

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I think a fair and equitable penalty for this is loss of AT LEAST 2 first round draft choices. This is essentially MIN spitting in the league’s face. Either there are rules or there aren’t. Come on Goodell, grow a pair.

    Yeah, grow a pair and make Rodgers a free agent for cheating on the IR rules. Lets make it all happen. And since “No final decisions have been made,” agent Mike McCartney said today. “The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That’s all we can say right now.”, the on;y league violations done has been by the pack.
    So yeah, grow a huge pair and enforce the league rules against those spitters.

  39. The precedent is losing a 3rd and a 6th. This is clearly against the rules and the Vikings blatantly proceeded to do so with the most heavily scrutinized free agent. How is it fair to the other teams for the Vikings to not be penalized here? The rules are the rules.

    We have seen multiple teams over the last few years get major penalties for breaking “unwritten” rules. It just seems the league could care less about the rules and they’re more focused on the media stories, defending the “shield” against less-favored organizations.

    We all know that if the Patriots or Cowboys did this, the league would come down like a ton of bricks on them. If a team like the Giants or Steelers, not a peep. We will see where the Vikings come down in all of this.

  40. What I want to happen is to have one of these coveted free agents to come out and say:

    “I will be taking vacations to (insert interested cities) and hope to tour the areas out of curiosity only and nothibg related to accumulating millions of dollars.”

  41. If the player and/or agent plan to visit, then where is the tampering? The Vikings didn’t initiate it. Besides, whats with all these other signings that are being announced today? Wouldn’t they be illegal as well?? NO

  42. This group would get gold medals for jumping to conclusions, maybe the Russians are involved somehow?

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