Vikings anticipate Kirk Cousins press conference on Thursday

AP

Free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins started his first, and likely his only, free-agent visit on Wednesday, with a trip to Minneapolis and an effort to get to know the Vikings.

So far, so good.

I think it’s pretty hard not to get done right now,” Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman told reporters outside the local Capital Grille on Wednesday night, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “So we’ll work though. His agent is flying in [Thursday] morning. We’ll handle the business first thing in the morning while [Cousins is] getting his physical and going on some tours. And hopefully we’ll have a press conference some time [Thursday] afternoon if all goes well.”

There’s no reason to think things won’t go well. But at least a little wining and dining (with Spielman, coach Mike Zimmer, president Mark Wilf, and a handful of players) and poking and prodding and meeting and talking and touring will happen before the Vikings officially announce to the world that they’ve swapped out three starting-caliber quarterbacks for Cousins.

“Had a great visit,” Cousins told reporters, via the Pioneer Press. “Looking forward to [Thursday]. Going to be able to see more of the city and the facility. It’s a great organization and my wife [Julie] and I are thrilled to be here.”

Yep. So far, so good. Then again, it’s hard for the visit not to go well when it ultimately entails applying his name to the bottom of a document that will pay him $84 million over the next three years. Barring something entirely unforeseen, that will happen on Thursday.

But if the unforeseen happens, at least they now have Trevor Siemian.

51 responses to “Vikings anticipate Kirk Cousins press conference on Thursday

  1. A press conference about his visit? That’s interesting, they must be taking him to Mall of ‘Merica.

  2. Being a starter makes you a “starting-caliber” quarterback? Wow, the Browns have had like 40 in the past 20 years, how did they not win every Super Bowl?? The Patriots won 5 with like, 4. What a wacky world

  3. What’s not to love? Great establishments, a state of the art training facility, and the best stadium in the NFL. Cousins was wise to narrow his choice to the Vikings. On top of all that mentioned, he has a great supporting cast around him.

  4. I really want to like this, but I don’t. I have this nagging feeling that we paid top tier money for a middle of the pack quarterback. But when we signed case Keenum, I yawned and Thought great, hope he never sees the field. I couldn’t have been more wrong. He saved our season last year. So even though I don’t like this, I have my fingers crossed it will work out.

  5. Cousins will be going from former Bengals OC Jay Gruden to former Bengals DC Mike Zimmer.

  6. ragnarthegreat says:

    I have this nagging feeling that we paid top tier money for a middle of the pack quarterback.
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    You did. All the hype surrounding him has been bizarre.

  7. It’s kind of silly how everyone is down on the Vikings signing this guy. Yes…it’s a lot of money…but thanks to the Stafford signing years ago..it’s how the QB market is if you want someone decent. Stafford hasn’t won any playoffs games either.

    Yes Cousin’s has a losing record. But his stats are crazy good. Only guy in the league with 4000+ yards, 25+TD. His team has had a Defense ranked in the bottom of the league (big reason he lost to the Packers in the playoff. Rodgers destroyed that defense). He had little offensive weapons last year, and year before.

    If Cousins is average/bad, I suppose Drew Brees is to. Same thing happened….Drew Brees played for the Chargers and had awesome stats but not a good win-loss record. He switched to a better team. How did that work out? Only difference is Cousins is healthy, Brees had a shoulder issue. Also the Saints haven’t made the playoffs more than once in the last 4 years or so, but Drew put up big numbers (Like Cousins) and made his team at least competitive. Is Brees a bad QB?

    It’s definitely a risk paying a lot of money for someone, but the Vikings have been good with their cap handling, so they can afford it. Also if he is so bad why did 2 other teams reportedly offer him more than the Vikings? Cousins is accepting less to come to the better team.

    In recent years middle of the pack QB’s have come to MN and have had their best years of their careers. Sam Bradford had his best career year in 2016. The Offensive line was terrible resulting in 8-8 record. Last year Case Keenum had his best year in his career.

    If you are judging Cousin’s because of Win-Loss record that is really dumb. Cousin’s had his worst year as a starter last year and still threw for 1000 more yards and 5-7 more touchdowns than Case with less around him.

  8. Keenum is clearly the better man and is turning the other cheek. Class act. The Vikings do not deserve his good will. The Vikings, specifically Zimmer, treated the guy like a pariah, refusing to call him a starter……….while he was starting!…….while he was leading them to a respectable 13-3 record! And now their fans have the audacity to pat themselves on the back and say; “Look at us, aren’t we great? We stood by you through thick and thin! Nothing like Minnesota Ice!”

    The Vikings expect an overpaid Cousins to perform better than the Pro-Bowl caliber performances they’ve enjoyed from that position for three straight years? How? Does he play defense? Because the defense is what failed miserably at crunch time, not Keenum.

  9. At least in Washington, he got to walk past multiple Super Bowl trophies every day. In Minnesota, he gets nothing but hearing stories about someone’s collarbone getting broken, which did them no good anyways. The Vikings, lol.

    Uh … okay.

  10. officialgame says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:17 am
    I can’w wait to hear Cousins say it wasn’t about the money.
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    The word is there was a team, I can only assume the Jets, who were willing to offer more each year for 4 years with significantly more guaranteed money. That would also include as Jets posters have let us know al the benefits of being a star athlete in NYC which brings so many other monetary benefits, so while he did get lots of cash he did leave some on the table.

    Spoiler alert – no matter where he ended up he was going to make a lot of money.

  11. The word is there was a team, I can only assume the Jets, who were willing to offer more each year for 4 years with significantly more guaranteed money. That would also include as Jets posters have let us know al the benefits of being a star athlete in NYC which brings so many other monetary benefits, so while he did get lots of cash he did leave some on the table.
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    If this is true and was the Jets, I could actually believe this. Cousins is a Midwesterner. No offense to the East Coast but that is not a lifestyle that suits everyone and he may have gotten his fill of it in DC. Just sayin.

  12. stellarperformance says:

    March 15, 2018 at 8:27 am

    The Vikings expect an overpaid Cousins to perform better than the Pro-Bowl caliber performances they’ve enjoyed from that position for three straight years? How? Does he play defense? Because the defense is what failed miserably at crunch time, not Keenum.

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    I agree. The defense is what let the Vikings down in the NFC title game. The defense played good almost all year except in that game. Also didn’t play the best in the second half of the Saints game.

    I don’t think moving on to Cousins is because of that one game thou. Yes, Case played good, but the 13-3 record goes to a good defense also. Case played well, but many of his passes sailed and floated. He also missed many people downfield and is not very accurate Your a packer fan so you probably didn’t watch every game. There were many games where Case looked average, and his receivers bailed him out. Also many of Cases big plays were outside the Pocket which is not sustainable. The Eagles took that away and what happened? Cousins is a better QB stats wise, and experience wise. Period! The Redskins have been awful defensively so Cousins would need to score 30 or more points to even have a chance. Sound familiar? Like the Saints with Drew Brees the last 5 years excluding last year. The Vikings view a 3 year window of being competitive and making the playoffs and they want to go all in and see what happens. Many are just not convinced Case can play that good without great protection, and when everything is not “Perfect”. I hope I’m wrong and I hope he does well in Denver, along with I hope Cousins does well.

  13. Yeah but nobody brings up how Kirk cousins had a top 5 offensive line the entire Time he was in D.C. No more excuses on why he never won. Stats are for losers. Minnesota is gonna find out the hard way that Cousons will leave you high and dry when the chips are down. Should’ve just kept Keenum.

  14. coachkilla6 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:30 am
    Rodgers, Stafford, Trubisky, Sanchez, Kizer, Cousins.

    In that order.

    #####

    Is that list from worst to first?

    If it is, only #1 and #2 are correct.

    Rodgers, until he proves otherwise, is damaged goods.

    Rewatch his last game after the Packer medical staff declared him healthy….

    Kizer is currently better than Rodgers. That could change, but it won’t take much.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    March 15, 2018 at 8:27 am
    Keenum is clearly the better man and is turning the other cheek. Class act. The Vikings do not deserve his good will. The Vikings, specifically Zimmer, treated the guy like a pariah, refusing to call him a starter……….while he was starting!…….while he was leading them to a respectable 13-3 record! And now their fans have the audacity to pat themselves on the back and say; “Look at us, aren’t we great? We stood by you through thick and thin! Nothing like Minnesota Ice!”

    The Vikings expect an overpaid Cousins to perform better than the Pro-Bowl caliber performances they’ve enjoyed from that position for three straight years? How? Does he play defense? Because the defense is what failed miserably at crunch time, not Keenum.

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    Most Vikings fans loved the job Case did and have nothing but respect for him. The key here was Keenum has a career of mediocre production before his one great season last year…an average Cousins season is about what Case did last year and there is no guarantee that he can duplicate that success based on his history, Cousins gives the Vikings an upgrade..,I’m not happy about the contract, but I understand why the Vikings felt the need to go that route…that being said, there is no guarantee that they go 13-3 again or even 12-4..,it took a lot of things to go right last year including the defense staying relatively healthy…so I’m not sold that signing Cousins puts them in the Super Bowl, but playing it safe never gets you anywhere…

  16. Richest contract 84 million guaranteed for a qb who had a rating lower than the one they had. So desperate for qb just like when projected 2nd round pick Ponder was drafted 12th or a 1st and 3rd i believe for Bradford. Only in Minnesota.

  17. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    March 15, 2018 at 6:48 am

    What’s not to love? Great establishments, a state of the art training facility, and the best stadium in the NFL. Cousins was wise to narrow his choice to the Vikings. On top of all that mentioned, he has a great supporting cast around him.
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    The color purple is what’s not to love!!

  18. It’s comical how eveyrone is bashing this signing. Every team that needed a QB wanted him, players from other teams begging him to go to their team and the moment he agrees with the Vikings people are whining about everything under the sun, too much money, he’s over rated, losing record, 3rd best QB in the division blah , blah, blah. Fact is he IS a top 10 QB entering the prime of his career joining a team that had the top rated defense with a TON of continuity and excellent surrounding cast on offense. The only real concerns I have with the signing is his propensity to fumble. He needs to fix that and he will. Zimmer preaches taking care of the ball all day every day. Teddy, Sam, Case, all did a good job taking care of the ball under Zimmers content preaching , no reason to think Kirk won’t as well. The other is the OL, the Vikes need to focus on continuing to improve the OL and add a few solid rotation players on the DL. Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben, Rivers, Stafford, all these franchise QBs have had season where their teams struggled, missed playoffs etc, you need to have a good team around you to succeed and the Vikings have that. Rodgers was 6-10 his first year Brees has many years of .500 or less records, Stafford still doesn’t have a playoff win, Big Ben has missed playoffs several times as has Rivers. The only true franchise who makes everyone around him better is Tom Brady, the rest need help.

  19. As a Viking fan, I’ll be waiting to pass judgment on whether I’m with the “you like that?!” crowd.

    Yes Cousins will have a better supporting cast in Minnesota than he did in Washington. I’m still having trouble getting past the fact that the Vikings just let Keenum walk out the door after he posted the best season of any Viking QB this decade. For a team that has had a continuous revolving door at this position for most of the past four decades, that just doesn’t look smart. Throw in the fact that they just let the QB they just drafted #1 four years ago also walked out the door without finding out if he’d ever fully recovered from that injury, and I’m left scratching my head.

    We’ve suffered through injuries to Bridgewater and Bradford, the ridiculous decision to draft Ponder in the first round, Brad Childress’s insistence that Tarvaris Jackson was the next Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper’s ups and downs, and his tendency to morph into a human turnover machine, and then his injury, along with Dennis Green’s “different QB every season” approach (Gannon, Salisbury, McMahon, Moon, Johnson, Cunningham, George).

    So you’ll forgive us Viking fans if we’re already anticipating this not working out. I hope Cousins posts a great season, cuts down on his turnovers, takes care of the ball and stays healthy. If so, with the supporting cast around him, this team is ready to move to the next level. But at this point I think it’s just as likely that Sloter or Siemian ends up playing meaningful snaps this year, either due to injury or Cousins’ not performing to expectations.

    “YOU LIKE THAT?!” Ask me next January….

  20. stellarperformance says:
    March 15, 2018 at 8:27 am
    Keenum is clearly the better man and is turning the other cheek. Class act. The Vikings do not deserve his good will. The Vikings, specifically Zimmer, treated the guy like a pariah, refusing to call him a starter……….while he was starting!…….while he was leading them to a respectable 13-3 record! And now their fans have the audacity to pat themselves on the back and say; “Look at us, aren’t we great? We stood by you through thick and thin! Nothing like Minnesota Ice!”

    The Vikings expect an overpaid Cousins to perform better than the Pro-Bowl caliber performances they’ve enjoyed from that position for three straight years? How? Does he play defense? Because the defense is what failed miserably at crunch time, not Keenum
    —————————————

    Don’t worry Stella, Cousins will be fine. Your boy Keenum got his money too so you should be happy for him, not mad or sad. Chin up buddy.

  21. People keep using the ” look how other teams paid Carr/Stafford.
    A bunch of people bought Bitcoin at $19,000 too.
    The QB market is in a bubble and the supply of starting QB just expanded by 7 players vs this time last year and that is before the draft.

  22. I liked Keenum last year but if you watch those games, you’ll see that Diggs and Thielen caught a lot of badly thrown and contested passes. Cousins seems to be much more accurate with a similar ability to navigate the field and find the open guy. Cousins got a ton of money, but as soon as Rodgers and Ryan get their new deals, his payday won’t seem so massive.

  23. As a Vikings fan I’m cautiously optimistic. As a football fan I’m overjoyed knowing the Packers will become even more top-heavy due to Rodgers ego. Who came up with the line Vikings play chess and Packers play checkers? Brilliant.

  24. “Who came up with the line Vikings play chess and Packers play checkers?”

    Unfortunately it’s been that way as long as I can remember. As long as MAcarthur is coach we are going nowhere. Sigh. Go pack!

  25. Average QB. Not a game changer. He will win a few games but no super bowl for Vikings. Trade for Nick Foles.

  26. Keenum threw 2 idiotic INT’s vs WAS that almost cost an easy win. Boneheaded INT to CAR that cost the game. Sacks & penalty vs DET that almost cost an easy win. Another terrible Pick to the Saints as well as throws up for grabs and the pick 6 to PHI. His level of play fell off to end the year. When winning he was a good manager but when he felt pressured he got nervous, made bad throws up for grabs, couldn’t throw well from the pocket or accurately over 30 yds. He also missed multiple TD opportunities deep. Minus the pass to Diggs they would’ve been 1 & done. Cousins is the player they feel can make those plays. 10 million more. Who’s the player they can get for 10 mil that Cousins cost the cap? You tell me. So shut up with that too expensive nonsense!

  27. I have to laugh, watching NFL network and they show the Viking’s brain trust (and I use that term lightly) picking Cousins up at the airport. Geez, has that ever happened before in Viking history? At least when Childress sprinted to the airport to pick up Favre, we could blame him for being the knucklehead that he was. This appeared to be the Viking’s entire front office (ok, they left the secretary behind to answer the phones)

    Ya, this is going to turn out well.

  28. Yeah but nobody brings up how Kirk cousins had a top 5 offensive line the entire Time he was in D.C.
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    Must not have watched any Skins last year or paid any attention to the team. He barely had a line after the Raiders game last year. There were at least 2 to three staters out for 75 percent of the season. Sometimes 3rd stringers played on the line. No running game, no consistent receiving corps since he was named the starter three years ago and still posted great numbers. No defense and terrible field position becaus the Special Teams unit was terrible. His line was good partly because he has a quick release, knows where to throw the ball and is accurate once he does. His scrambling ability is underated. He is durable as all get out. Best thing the Skins has going in decades and they blew it.

  29. Cousins can name his price now that all other quality QBs are essentially signed. What about 120 million? The Vikings can’t say no at this point.

  30. hbudgess says:
    March 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

    From my favorite movie Star Wars.”This had better work” “I’m taking an awful risk” From a Vikings fan.

    ============

    NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS!

  31. Kirk had a top offensive line, 2 good receivers and a really good TE. The best he could do was 9-7. I’m sure he’ll get it done in Minnesota, though. And if he does, we will get to here these same stores in 3 years.

  32. ariani1985 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Watching Rodgers squirm with envy the past few days has been very entertaining!!!!
    ___________________

    Ahh, you must still be watching that magic TV that no one else can see!

  33. whatjusthapped says:
    March 15, 2018 at 11:17 am
    I have to laugh, watching NFL network and they show the Viking’s brain trust (and I use that term lightly) picking Cousins up at the airport. Geez, has that ever happened before in Viking history? At least when Childress sprinted to the airport to pick up Favre, we could blame him for being the knucklehead that he was. This appeared to be the Viking’s entire front office (ok, they left the secretary behind to answer the phones)

    Ya, this is going to turn out well.
    ——————————————

    I’m sure Gutey will send an Uber to the Greyhound Depot for Wilkerson and Graham.

  34. As an unhappy skins fan i’ll be rooting for my new second favorite team the Vikings. Seems like a classy place that deserves a high caliber guy like Kirk. Two SB in 3 years.

  35. Stella’s advice to the Vikings was to keep Bradford and Bridgewater letting Case go. He is just being his usual troll self crying now about Case. (which is fine but just saying so everyone knows whats what)

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