Kirk Cousins plans to sign 3-year, $84M deal with Vikings

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Once Washington agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, Cousins became one of the most valuable quarterbacks ever available on the open market - a starting QB in his prime.

Keenum, 30, is coming off a career year in Minnesota, where he started 14 out of 16 regular-season games in place of the injured Sam Bradford. We didn't play well there past year.

Knee injuries have kept Bridgewater on the sidelines for much of the past two years as he's appeared in just one game since the end of the 2015 season.

And while some may say Cousins should have opted for another year or two of security, it would have been a mirage if it weren't fully guaranteed.

According to multiple reports, Cousins informed other suitors - believed to be the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets - his initial free agency stop is Minnesota.

Cousins will visit with the Vikings first, according to NFL Network, meaning it's possible the 29-year-old quarterback could join Minnesota without hearing the Jets' full pitch. The Vikings paid a big price for Cousins, but now they're poised to challenge the Eagles once again for NFC supremacy.

It remains be seen how hard the Vikings will look to retain Johnson, who made $2.35 million last season. Secondly, it was Kirk Cousins intending to sign with the Vikings.

In three years as the starter in Washington, Cousins threw for 13,176 yards, 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes.

Of course, Keenum was helped by the Vikings' top-ranked defense, while Cousins was forced into more shoot-outs given Washington's defense ranked 28th, 28th, and 21st during his three seasons. Cousins only got the team to the postseason once in three years as the starter, and the team lost the one playoff game they had.

All of that being said, which underrated free agent should the Vikings focus on signing this offseason?

Cousins will meet Wednesday with the Vikings once the new league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said Tuesday.

Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that almost cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.