NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the quarterback likely will sign a three-year offer from Vikings that includes $86 million guaranteed. As expected, that tops the $27.5 million annually Jimmy Garoppolo earned from the 49ers.
Cousins will have dinner with coaches and other essential Vikings personnel on Wednesday evening before visiting the club’s brand new facility on Thursday. He is expected to sign by Thursday.
As he has for weeks, Rapoport described Minnesota as being in the “driver’s seat” for Cousins, the 29-year-old former Redskins quarterback who also drew interest from the Broncos before Denver opted to pursue ex-Vikings passer Case Keenum.
The Cardinals and Jets also remain in the mix, but only if Cousins escapes Minnesota. While Gang Green boasts more cap space than any team league-wide, it’s the Vikings who can dangle the prize of a Super Bowl-ready roster.
Free agency doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday. That deadline, though, looks flimsier by the minute as teams strike deals with open-market targets and continue to trade as if the apocalypse was near.