All the pieces align for Cousins' fantasy production in Minnesota

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws

Keenum's ascent in 2017 was remarkable to watch, and hopefully that's the guy the Broncos are getting at a reported $18 million per year average on a new contract. Ever since Monday when teams can speak to players and offer pitches before free agency hits on Wednesday, general manager Mike Maccagnan has been rather quiet.

The deal will make Cousins the highest paid quarterback in the National Football League, unseating Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions.

Last season, Minnesota crashed out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but the addition of Cousins will make the Vikings an even more risky team. Rather than negotiate a final time with Cousins, Washington traded for Alex Smith on January 30, agreeing to a four-year extension with the veteran.

Kirk Cousins' list of possible suitors was narrowed down to the Jets, Vikings and Cardinals on Tuesday. The Vikings, ostensibly, would be signing Cousins - whose career record as a starter with the Redskins is 26-30-1 - because they believe he can take them a step further.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, among others, the Jets are actively working on a deal with former Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater. Cousins's first visit will apparently be his last. He finished with 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions - and a Total QBR of 52.3, his lowest as the full-time starter. Despite seeming to be a franchise quarterback, he and the Redskins could never agree over a long-term deal for three years.

The Vikings drafted Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Cousins' run of production began in the 2015 season when he assumed the starting duties and proceeded to rack up 4,166 yards and 29 scores through the air.

The Washington quarterback will sign a three-year, $84 million contract.

Case Keenum is moving on to Denver, where he will reportedly sign a 2-year deal worth $36 million, with only the first year guaranteed. That season, his second in the league, he earned a Pro Bowl nod after a strong season through the air and on the ground.

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