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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Kirk Cousins said he is working to become "a better quarterback off-schedule when the pocket breaks down."
"I have been a very good quarterback, I believe, on keepers, meaning bootlegs outside the pocket," Cousins said. "So I'd like to see that translate more, where when a dropback breaks down and I leave the pocket, I can have the same kind of production that I've had when we've run bootlegs and things like that." It is a shockingly candid answer, but it makes sense it would be on his mind as he transitions to a new scheme. Even if that improvement does not come, Cousins has the weapons around him to be a solid QB1 this season. Aug 9 - 10:02 AM
Source: ESPN

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Vikings OC John DeFilippo believes he can help Kirk Cousins be more effective in the red zone.

Washington was inconsistent at best in the red zone with Cousins under center, but his new play caller, who coordinated the Eagles' exceptional red-zone scheme last season, expects the story to be different in Minnesota. "Tighten up the package a little bit, and obviously, we need to have success running the football down there," DeFilippo said. "Those are two things we can do to help him out." Having a weapon like Kyle Rudolph to target near the end zone also will not hurt. Cousins is a quality QB1.
Jun 4 - 9:32 AM

Vikings signed Kirk Cousins, formerly of the Redskins, to a three-year contract.

The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent. The contract is expected to be finalized after Cousins visits the Vikings' facility on Thursday. It always made sense for Cousins to land in Minnesota, an organization with a strong roster and good coaching which gives him a chance to win right away. This is also an ideal spot for Cousins from a fantasy perspective. With Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph to target and Dalvin Cook in the backfield, Cousins looks like a locked-in QB1.
Mar 13 - 12:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kirk Cousins' first visit will be with the Vikings.

This is as sure a sign as any the Vikings are in pole position, and their only real competition seems to be the Jets after the Broncos agreed to terms with Case Keenum early Tuesday morning. Minnesota is reportedly offering a three-year deal worth $28 million per year. At this point, it would be a surprise if Cousins ended up anywhere else.
Mar 13 - 11:06 AM's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cardinals are "in the mix" for free agent Kirk Cousins.

Cousins' sister lives in the "Phoenix area," which supposedly will be a factor in Cousins' decision. Although we are sure Cousins loves his family, we doubt it will take precedence over money. Like the Jets, Vikings or Broncos, the Cardinals will have to pay a pretty penny if they want Cousins to be their quarterback.
Mar 12 - 5:01 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "at least two teams" are willing to offer Kirk Cousins a three-year, fully guaranteed contract.

He adds another team is willing to offer a "nearly fully guaranteed" contract. RapSheet does not mention any names, but the Broncos, Vikings, Jets, and Cardinals are all safe bets. Cousins reportedly plans to take a few visits before making his final decision, so we likely will not know his destination until late this week.
Mar 12 - 9:03 AM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals "will target" free agents Kirk Cousins and OG Andrew Norwell.

Arizona desperately needs quarterback help and currently doesn't even have one on the roster. However, it would be a complete upset if the Cardinals were able to land Cousins, who is fully expected to land with the Vikings, Broncos, or Jets, with Minnesota the early favorite. It's a trying time in the desert at the moment, and new coach Steve Wilks may have to settle for a stand-in vet like Sam Bradford or A.J. McCarron to pair with an early-round rookie. As for Norwell, widespread reports have indicated he's likely going to the Giants. The Cardinals need a ton of help.
Mar 11 - 9:18 PM

NBC Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are "very much in" on free agent Kirk Cousins.

That's "per team and player sources." There's a report out that Cousins is "down to" the Vikings and Jets, but the sides aren't technically even allowed to talk yet. (Emphasis on "technically.") The "legal tampering" — we really need to rename that — period begins next Monday before free agency kicks off that Wednesday.
Mar 5 - 2:55 PM

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets fear free agent Kirk Cousins is "destined" to sign with the Vikings.

The Jets believe they can outbid the Vikings while offering a better contract structure, but aren't sure it's going to matter. Cousins reportedly wants to go where he can win immediately and the Vikings would give him that opportunity. With Minnesota emerging as heavy favorites to land Cousins, New York is reportedly preparing for "Plans B and C and, if possible, D." That could mean pivoting to Case Keenum or perhaps re-signing Josh McCown as a bridge to a future franchise quarterback.
Source: SNY
Mar 4 - 10:15 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings, Broncos, Jets, and Cardinals are the final four teams "vying" for free agent Kirk Cousins.

This would mean neither the Browns or Bills will go after Cousins. With other reports saying Cousins wants to play for a contender, this could also possibly take the Jets and Cardinals out of contention. The Vikings are probably Cousins' most likely option if his desire to play for a contender is truly the driving force behind where he signs.
Mar 3 - 9:34 AM

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports believes the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes will come down to the Broncos and Vikings.

Robinson reiterated Cousins' desire to play for a contender, which would seem to eliminate the Browns and Jets. Rather than sign a six or seven-year deal, which is customary for franchise QBs, Robinson expects Cousins to land a three or four-year pact in the range of $30 million annually with most of that money guaranteed. With over $48 million in available cap space, the Vikings could easily accommodate a contract of that magnitude. To afford Cousins, the Broncos ($23.8 million in cap space) may have to make some sacrifices.
Mar 2 - 7:38 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Broncos are prepared to go "all-in" on free agent Kirk Cousins.

Robinson reports the Broncos have "examined scenarios" to clear up to $50 million in cap space this offseason. The Vikings have looked like the early favorites to land the market's top player, but the Broncos and Jets appear prepared to play ball. Cousins, at least temporarily, seems poised to become the highest-paid player in the league.
Mar 1 - 11:00 PM

VP of player personnel Doug Williams said the Redskins have not considered placing the franchise tag on impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

There were rumors Washington would tag Cousins in an effort to recoup something in a trade, but Williams put those to bed. "He’s a free agent for sure," Williams said. "I can’t remember one meeting where we talked about the possibility of tagging him." Cousins is going to hit the open market, and he will find a bevy of suitors when he does. The Vikings are believed to be the favorite to land his signature, but the Broncos and Jets will also make a run.
Mar 1 - 8:32 AM

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, there is "rampant speculation around the league" that free agent Kirk Cousins is "destined" to sign with the Vikings.

Vacchiano isn't a Vikings reporter, but he is covering the league currently at the NFL Combine. We've separately heard whispers Minnesota is Cousins' likeliest destination, but the Jets and Broncos will also make a strong push. It sounds like folks gathering in Indianapolis are whispering more loudly that Cousins-to-Minnesota is a probable match. Free agency will begin on Friday, March 16.
Source: SNY
Feb 28 - 9:38 PM

Pro Football Talk reports Kirk Cousins is not expected to agree to terms during the two-day negotiating period.

PFT adds the quarterback is expected "to take one or more visits" before making his decision. Those visits cannot begin until the league year opens on March 14. Since the rest of the quarterback market likely depends on where Cousins ends up and how much money he makes, it could be stalled for several days. The Vikings have emerged as the favorite to land Cousins, but the Jets and Broncos are also in the mix.
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Trevor Siemian
3Kyle Sloter
4Peter Pujals
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Mack Brown
4Roc Thomas
5Mike Boone
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Dalvin Cook
3RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
FB1C.J. Ham
2Johnny Stanton
WR11Adam Thielen
2Kendall Wright
3Tavarres King
4Cayleb Jones
5Korey Robertson
WR21Stefon Diggs
2Laquon Treadwell
3Stacy Coley
4Brandon Zylstra
5Jake Wieneke
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Tyler Conklin
4Blake Bell
5Josiah Price
LT1Riley Reiff
2Brian O'Neill
3Storm Norton
LG1Tom Compton
2Danny Isidora
3Cedrick Lang
4Kaleb Johnson
C1Pat Elflein
2Cornelius Edison
3J.P. Quinn
RG1Mike Remmers
2Josh Andrews
3Colby Gossett
RT1Rashod Hill
2Aviante Collins
3Dieugot Joseph
K1Kai Forbath
2Daniel Carlson