Vikings appear to be closing in on Kirk Cousins

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The dominoes are falling. Quickly.

With Case Keenum and Drew Brees off the market, the Vikings look to be moving on Kirk Cousins. Mark Rosen of WCCO reports that Cousins will sign with the Vikings. The deal, per Rosen, will average $28 million per year.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Cousins will visit the Vikings. That’s a curious wrinkle, since teams and would-be free agents technically aren’t allowed to line up visits until free agency officially begins. (So, essentially, the league is reporting that one of its teams may be violating the tampering rules.)

PFT reported two weeks ago that Cousins plans to make at least one visit before agreeing to terms, in the hopes of avoiding a Brock Osweiler situation from two years ago, where he agreed to terms with the Texans without ever meeting them. (Ultimately, he hated them . . . and they hated him.)

Vikings fans will hate it if Cousins visits and leaves without a contract. As the dominoes keep falling, the Vikings could be left with something other than a contract in their hands.

109 responses to “Vikings appear to be closing in on Kirk Cousins

  1. Of all the teams that were reported to have interest in him the Vikings are probably the most well built to win now. Don’t know how this will end for either side but I’ll wish them both well.

  2. As a Bears fan. I hope they sign him. I think he is way overrated just like Osweiler was. They are paying way to much for a QB who has a 26-30 record.

  3. Cousins’ agent is going to take Rick Spielman aside, and say “Yea…about the $28 mil, we’ve been talking with the Jets and they upped their offer, what can you do”?

  4. Does it matter? The only way the Vikings have success is with an Aaron Rodgers injury. Since 2010 – the Vikings have made it further than the Packers in the playoffs only once – in 2017 with Rodgers out. The other year Rodgers was injured was 2013 and the Pack still took the North while the Vikings came in last.

    But we genuinely want them at their best. Packer fans love to see competition.

  5. The Vikings clearly panic leaked this. They’d rather be accused of tampering than give Cousins and his agent more time to negotiate a much higher payday…

  6. He’s going to visit anyone that will meet with him. Each visit is another episode of his ridiculous documentary that no one wants to see.

  7. Hahaha…have fun spending all your cash on someone that’s won nothing and is above average at times. Vikings season is already over…SKOL!!!

  8. 28 million per year. I’d go as high as $800K per year for this guy. Worst thing of all is he’ll be in my division, I’ve got to witness his bible thumping twice a year now when the Lions play the Vikes. #YOULIKETHAT No Kirk, I don’t.

  9. ryann252013 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:18 am
    The Vikings are going to save the Jets future.

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    Yes, they are. As a Pats fan, it’s disappointing. Now, the Vikes may force the Jets into not being morons for once, although there is still time!

  10. I don’t want Cousins and fear this is an epic and costly mistake. However this looks like a done deal now so I am going to cross my fingers, trust that the football experts know what they are doing, and support my team. SKOL.

  11. stinkymcmulligan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:16 am
    Cousins will regret not signing with the NY Jets. Fact.
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    LOL – sounds more like fiction to me.

  12. To all my fellow Viking fans I urge you not to overreact to the price until we see the full details of the contract. Remember we have Rob Brez on our side and there’s a reason he’s been with us for over 15 years. The guy is an absolute genius at drawing up contracts and I can guarantee you he’s got plenty of clauses/bonuses/incentives in it to keep it more team friendly than it would first appear. There’s no way Cousins is going to be guaranteed 28 million every year, they’re going to make him earn it. So just stay calm until we see the full details. SKOL!!!

  13. Everyone said the same thing about Case Keenum. Look what he did with a great defense and a capable offense. Same thing will happen with Cousins.

    That said, Cousins has all the leverage in the world right now. Vikings fall backs are guys with knee issues.

  14. The focus of Mike Florio’s previous story (“Where do the Vikings go at QB”) was quickly overtaken by events; actually that story should have been about the Jets. As a Jets fan since they came into existence, the following facts jump out: Cousins to MN, Keenum to DEN, Robinson to CHI, Watkins to KC, Burton to CHI, Richburg to 9ers, Graham to NO…The Jets have their collective nose pressed up against the Christmas department store window glass, but none of the train sets are coming home with them…When the dust settles, and they’re left with virtually nothing except $70 million plus cap space, it won’t be pretty…teams should be allowed to trade cap space for players or picks…

  15. This is a team that has been built through the draft, and low level free agents. They have set themselves up well to be able to handle a contract like this at the one position they haven’t not had much luck with (poor drafting ie ponder, bad luck Teddy’s injury, and then panic moves like Bradford). I like the signing, and think KC is a good fit here, however they have to still address the middle of both lines and then they have a real shot.

  16. johngaltwho says:
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    But 2 out of the last 3 years the Vikings have won the North and have beaten the Packers 4 out of the last 5 games with our backup QB’s… your concern is showing.

  17. All of the Packer fan cheering that $28M contest number and gloating about how the Vikes won’t be able to sign anyone. Meanwhile ignoring the fact that Rodgers will now sign an extension for $35M per over 5 yrs with $175M guaranteed, all but insuring the playoffs will be barely reachable and there is NO SHOT at a Super Bowl! Without a top 10 defense, Rodgers can’t win one…

  18. Vikings fans need to relax. Their previous approach to free agency hasn’t worked 52 times. So why not make a splash & sign the #1 available free agent. And don’t spew that nonsense about keeping Barr & Kendriks etc. what good did they do in the beat down vs the eagles. Last yr people wanted to get rid of Barr. Other teams were salavating for Cousins. DeFilippo is a QB genius. This is the only move to make. 28 mil will be a bargain in a couple of yrs.

  19. i’m not a fan of Anyone in the NFC…AFC Guy…Big fan of Kirk since his M.State days ..He Won’t take u to the promised land, but will take u to Cap Hell..Minn Needs corners and paying a mid level Qb that $$$ your defense will Only get beat down worse…He’s good..But NOT Brees.Brady Manning GREAT….Should’ve saved money and built around Case or Teddy !!!

  20. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Vikings go 5-11 with Cousins.

    Kirk Cousins is 4-19 against teams with winning records. He was never the answer in Washington and he won’t be the answer in Minnesota. The answer in Minnesota was actually Case Keenum who actually played okay in the NFC Championship game, but who was derailed by a very bad performance from the O-line.

  21. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:20 am
    As a Bears fan. I hope they sign him. I think he is way overrated just like Osweiler was. They are paying way to much for a QB who has a 26-30 record.
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    Maybe you should worry more about the Bears who haven’t had a decent QB since Sid Luckman in the 1940s. Last year they signed Mike Glennon to a ridiculous $45 million contract and four games in turned the team over to an unproven rookie, who didn’t exactly set the world on fire winning only 4 out of 12. Cousins has averaged 4400 yards and 27 TDs over the last three years. Meanwhile, Glennon & Trubisky combined for 2900 and 11 TDs last year. The Bears can only dream of landing a QB with Cousins credentials.

  22. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:17 am
    So they may get a guy with a losing record, no playoff wins, and a propensity for turnovers. Sounds like a perfect match!

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    And pay though the nose in the process. 53 years without a championship coming up!

  23. woodstakes says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:39 am
    All of the Packer fan cheering that $28M contest number and gloating about how the Vikes won’t be able to sign anyone. Meanwhile ignoring the fact that Rodgers will now sign an extension for $35M per over 5 yrs with $175M guaranteed, all but insuring the playoffs will be barely reachable and there is NO SHOT at a Super Bowl! Without a top 10 defense, Rodgers can’t win one…
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    We’ve been hearing drivel like this for twenty-five years. Viking fans telling us “how to get it done.” Precious.

  24. Cousins has the greatest Agent in the history of the NFL………the Bronco’s will win more games than the Vikings this year…..

  25. Curious what all the comment board football geniuses were saying about the Keenum signing last year? Cousins just has to be Cousins and the Vikings are 10+ win team. He’s a solid pro. Solid QBs cost money. Case Keenum got 20+ mill from the Broncos. It is what it is..

  26. This Jets fan would be elated if Kirk ends up in Minny. Why sign a 30 yr old QB for about 30 mil when we can resign McCown and draft our own young QB for cheap and have him sit behind McCown for about half a season unless he’s ready right away? If Keenum signs with Denver as their long term QB we should be able to get one of the top four QBs and we better

  27. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:17 am
    So they may get a guy with a losing record, no playoff wins, and a propensity for turnovers. Sounds like a perfect match!

    The team has as much to do win wins and losses as anything. Cousins has more passing yards, more rushing TD’s, 5 fewer passing TD’s, higher completion percentage, higher yards per completion, but a few more int’s than one of the guys considered to be a top 5 QB in the NFL …………………………Russel Wilson. Let that sink in

  28. lol. Love seeing all the dumb negative comments.

    Yes Cousin’s has a losing record…but have you seen the quality of teams around him lately?

    He has thrown for 5k, 4k, 4k yards in each year starting. People sayings he is Osweiler….look at his stats. They are worlds better than anything Osweiler has done. The Vikings have plenty of cap where at worst…they may lose one player on their defense/offense. Cousin’s had more yards and TDs on a “down year” and that’s still more than Case Keenum.

    Is Cousin’s Elite? No. But he is probably a top 10 QB. And unfortunately in this QB market if you want a decent QB…you have to overpay. Just a fact. Case Keenum had a bad track record and did fine. Cousin’s could be a upgrade.

  29. coloradofort says:

    March 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Cousins has the greatest Agent in the history of the NFL………the Bronco’s will win more games than the Vikings this year…..

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    With a broken offensive line, no run game, and a Defense on the decline. Yea….good luck.

  30. waynefontesismyfather says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:25 am
    28 million per year. I’d go as high as $800K per year for this guy. Worst thing of all is he’ll be in my division, I’ve got to witness his bible thumping twice a year now when the Lions play the Vikes. #YOULIKETHAT No Kirk, I don’t.
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    A Lions fan talking smack about any other NFL team is epic. They’ve won ONE playoff game since 1957 (that’s one win in over 60 years!!). Even the Cleveland Browns are laughing at the ineptitude of the Lions. Hahahahahaha.

  31. Kirk Cousins has never won a playoff game. I have never seen people go absolutely nuts over an average QB with
    nothing but stats to show for six years in the league.

  32. Maybe I’m alone but I think they should have resigned Keenum because he knows the offense and they would have saved a ton of money and cap room.

  33. Viking fans rejoice. We may finally have a pure passer in his prime. We have a lot to be excited about if this is true. We have not lost any major talent this off season. We have a few holes to fill but our team has improved in that respect every year or made reasonable efforts to do so. We have not lost multipe starters so far that weren’t replaceable as most teams have. Therefore our team chemistry will be very much intact. Skol Vikings!

  34. irvindirvin says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:46 am
    This Jets fan would be elated if Kirk ends up in Minny. Why sign a 30 yr old QB for about 30 mil when we can resign McCown and draft our own young QB for cheap and have him sit behind McCown for about half a season unless he’s ready right away? If Keenum signs with Denver as their long term QB we should be able to get one of the top four QBs and we better
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    Yes, the Jets have proven that they are very good at drafting QBs. In the last 15 years, they’ve drafted such Hall of Famers as Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens and Brooks Bollinger. By all means, the Jets should depend upon the draft for their next QB. What could possibly go wrong?

  35. Has to create content for his film crew somehow. In one episode he and some kids in Vikings jerseys frolic in the huge piles of dead birds outside the stadium.

  36. Rare a QB of Kirk’s quality becomes a FA. Great move by the Vikings. Kirk is top 3 in many QB categories including 4th quarter comebacks. Zimmer will not tolerate the TOs he had in Washington. Vikings will dominate the NFC North and be Superbowl contenders for the forseeable future, as they have the past 3 years….

  37. The Viking will regret the signing of Kirk “Choke” Cousins! This will be the worst free agent signing since Albert Haynesworth! With the exception that Albert Haynesworth was guaranteed only $40 million! This signing will kill their salary cap and handcuff them to Cousins for 3 or 4 years….. Bad move!

  38. azbearsfan35 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:20 am
    As a Bears fan. I hope they sign him. I think he is way overrated just like Osweiler was. They are paying way to much for a QB who has a 26-30 record

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    You guys crack me up. The Redskins had a 26-30 record. You know there are 53 players and coaches on every team. Maybe just maybe the skins are not that good. Let’s see what he can do on a good team before you give an opinion.

  39. Long time skins fan…..This would be an excellent signing, so I’m not sure about the apprehension from some of the vike fans. He will fit in very well, and you are getting a QB in his prime. $28 mil is the going rate for a QB of his caliber. Plus, for those judging him on his previous years, he no longer turns the ball over, he is extremely accurate, and look at his numbers last year with a pitiful receiving corp here in Washington. Vike fans should be very excited. He will get you where you want to go.

  40. 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.

  41. The Vikings could have saved 10 million per annum and kept Keenum. Cousins isn’t 10 million dollars better than Keenum. They are actually about equal, except Keenum knows the system. Cousins.is highly o overrated in.my opinion. Overjoyed and soon to be overpaid.

  42. I’m just glad they didn’t resign Keenum. That dude was playing with a huge chip on his shoulder and had the “IT” factor. One poor game and they gave up on him. Cousins will be good, but Keenum was the right guy.

  43. If Cousins goes to the Vikings it will be SB or bust and I don’t think he can handle that pressure.

  44. tritz32 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:29 am
    As a Packers fan please let this happen. Dude shrinks in crunch time!!

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    I thought only packer fans had shrinkage problems

  45. I like the idea of the jets going for baker mayfield and using the savings for top free agents. Cousins aint their guy never was. I assume Teddy B stays a Vike. I know they like him a lot which may mean Bradford is tradebait and he aint worth much.

  46. Cousins will be in a good fit with the Vikings – they have a defense used to the Cheese Cheaters and their fraud offense that profits on pre-snap penalties – and Cousins can beat them (and has).

    I can’t wait to see Cousins behind a competent offensive line and with a competent running back.

    I hope Doug Williams chokes on his backstabbing words – that schmuck went from my admired list to one I hope gets fired list.

  47. All the negative Cousins comments are laden with trolling. There is nothing to suggest that he is anything but legitimate. I believe he has been top 10 in yards and touchdowns with a poorly coached Redskins team who didn’t want him or give him any help at receiver or running back. I figure you take Cousins from Washington and add him to the Vikings it very conservatively gives him at least 250-500 more yards, 3-4 more touchdowns, and takes away 3-4 interceptions a year. +/-4300 yds, 30-31 TD’s, 7-8 Int’s… Those are top 5 numbers and nothing Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater were going to touch. The price is steep but how often does a young free agent franchise quarterback become available in free agency? Besides, in a very short time, a contract in the $28 million range for a top 5, top 10 quarterback will look really good. What do you suppose Rodgers and Ryan will get now?

  48. So it’s now being reported that the Vikings are offering Cousins a 3 year deal worth 86 million dollars, fully guaranteed. Woof.

  49. Ravens fan here. I’d love to see the Vikes bring back Bridgewater, I’d love to see the Jets draft a QB – and this would leave Cousins with an empty money belt. I has an accounting teacher once who told me “Greed is a terrible thing”. I’d love to see this guy get left out in the cold, but it won’t happen.

  50. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:58 am
    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

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    The release of Rodgers has to happen first for going on, going off, then going back on IR with no new injury designation . But packers are special and should not follow the rules.

  51. Good. An in-his-prime, durable QB with the arm talent to make every throw and good mobility to boot. It’s an upgrade over anything the Vikes have had in many, many years.

  52. I love how all the oracles in the room seem to be able to see into the future and predict the demise of Cousins and the Vikings. Seems to me, none of us will know the results of a Minnesota team with KC at the helm — but the predictions continue.

    Could it be, the thought of a successful Cousins with the Vikings might be something, as an opposing fan, you might be scared of? That’s what I thought..

    And, please, Packer fans, stop talking about Aaron Rodgers.. I know we certainly have.

  53. Vikings will sign Cousins as soon as they are allowed to do so. He is the best free agent prospect, and they are the best fit/contender. Good luck to them both.

    A Redskins fan.

  54. What do you mean Carl Gerbschmidt? There have been no rules broken. This is the legal tampering period and the visit isn’t to occur until Wednesday… when it is perfectly legitimate to do so. It isn’t as though the Vikings put a player back on IR without specifying a new injury 😉

  55. Cousins can not and will not play better than Keenum did last year. Keenum wasn’t enough.

    You didn’t make the SB because of QB play. You made the playoffs due to it. He will have to consistently play at that level for the Vikings to compete.

  56. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I hope Doug Williams chokes on his backstabbing words – that schmuck went from my admired list to one I hope gets fired list.
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    Calm down, Kirk. 😉

  57. 4sacroc says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Kirk Cousins has never won a playoff game. I have never seen people go absolutely nuts over an average QB with
    nothing but stats to show for six years in the league.

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    Shoot…he hasn’t won a playoff game in the three years he was a starter….tar and feather him.

  58. jonsilver1947 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:31 am

    As a Jets fan since they came into existence,

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    I’m very sorry to hear this.

  59. vargavarga says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Hahaha…have fun spending all your cash on someone that’s won nothing and is above average at times. Vikings season is already over…SKOL!!!

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    Under Vikings FAs, he’s already listed as a Viking. He’s also flying there today to sign the deal.

  60. Deplorable Ernie says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    I like the idea of the jets going for baker mayfield and using the savings for top free agents. Cousins aint their guy never was. I assume Teddy B stays a Vike. I know they like him a lot which may mean Bradford is tradebait and he aint worth much.

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    Yes! Please sign Baker Mayfield in NY! Please! This will be a hoot to watch Manziel II in NY.

  61. It will work or it won’t and we won’t know until we know. Nobody on Earth thought Keenum would do as well as he did but he sure did it… and then he was rewarded with the bum’s rush out of town.

    Spielman is a lot bigger gambler than I am; he’s betting his entire career on Cousins, if not someone else entirely. He does have a penchant for making big splashes, often as complete surprises. Teddy? Bradford? McCarron? A draftee?

  62. 4sacroc says:

    March 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Kirk Cousins has never won a playoff game. I have never seen people go absolutely nuts over an average QB with
    nothing but stats to show for six years in the league.

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    The Redskins have been awful. They went to the playoffs once…in the last 3 years. And they were a 9 win team. With a terrible defense each year, and no run game and average receiving core, it’s a miracle they made the playoffs at all. They also played Aaron Rodgers and the Redskins Defense lets Rodgers light them up. Case Keenum won a playoff game off a miracle.

    If you actually look at his numbers…they are not average. It’s not his fault his defense gives up 30 points a game.

  63. stinkymcmulligan says:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:16 am
    Cousins will regret not signing with the NY Jets. Fact.

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    Why? Because twice a year he can feel good about having his way with the NE defense, only to find out they still outscored him and won the game?

  64. If Cousins is the answer, what is the question? Maybe the question is, “How can Rick Spielman screw up yet another QB decision and still keep his job?”

    Go back to Spielman’s Dolphin days to this day, he has yet to get one right and Cousins is not going to be the exception.

  65. “Sounds like a good deal but I hope the guaranteed money isn’t so high that they don’t have the cash flow to sign other guys.”
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    Bad news, it’s all guaranteed. They’re paying him every single dollar regardless of what happens.

  66. whatjusthapped says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    If Cousins is the answer, what is the question? Maybe the question is, “How can Rick Spielman screw up yet another QB decision and still keep his job?”

    Go back to Spielman’s Dolphin days to this day, he has yet to get one right and Cousins is not going to be the exception.

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    Pretty much, He also traded up for Cordarelle Patterson a guy who is as dumb as a bag of rocks and needed the playbook dumbed down at Tenn.

    Belichick then took Jamie Collins and Logan Ryan with the compensation.

    NE then won 2 SBs and almost a 3rd.

    So, some of these GMs get close, but then get big eyed and make colossal mistakes.

  67. Cousins goes from a team who’s defense and running game has ranked in the bottom 1/4 of the league over his tenure to the number 1 ranked defense and top 7 ranked running game.

  68. SeeYouNextTuesday says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Cousins goes from a team who’s defense and running game has ranked in the bottom 1/4 of the league over his tenure to the number 1 ranked defense and top 7 ranked running game.

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    No one is saying Cousins isn’t good, because he is, but it’s the salary that will drain the Vikes cap.

    They got away with it with Keenum, but Keenum at 18 is better than Cousins at 28.

    It’s that simple. Cousins is not notches above Keenum.

  69. stevejjones says:
    March 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm
    Never missing a game from injury Cousins > Oft injured, glass shouldered Erin “Ginger” Rogers.

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    Spoken like a true Viking.

    I’d definitely take the guy who’s never won playoff game over the guy that can will his team to the playoffs.

    I’m going to laugh until September if Rodgers contract is anywhere near what they are going to pay for Cousins. It could go down as the fleecing of the 21st century.

    Remember you guys called paying the hall of fame QB a mistake and it would put them in cap hell. Now what say you at 28 mil for Cousins?

  70. teal379 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Cousins can not and will not play better than Keenum did last year.

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    And you know that for a fact because???? Oh, I see, you’re just making that up.

  71. So Keenum was horrid playing on bad teams and as soon as he gets to a good organization he becomes a Pro-Bowler and in the MVP talk. Cousins was great on bad teams and will probably sign with that same good squad, what do you think will happen with him surrounded by talent?

  72. I was not very excited about this signing initially. After seeing so many negative comments from packer fans, i believe this could be a great move. Btw, all NFL fans should be excited at this time of the off season. If it takes a Viking signing to get the packer faithful fired up, so be it.

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