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EAGAN, Minn. - Kirk Cousins is officially the NFL’s highest-paid player. The 29-year-old quarterback signed a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings on Thursday. The team reached an agreement with Cousins before he arrived Wednesday night for a visit to the Twin Cities. NFL Media reported that Super Bowl-related incentives could push the overall deal to as much as $90 million. NFL Media reported Cousins will get a $3 million signing bonus and have a base salary of $22.5 million in 2018.
EAGAN, Minn. -- There wasn’t much suspense when Kirk Cousins arrived Wednesday night for a visit to the Twin Cities. A source had said Wednesday morning about the free agent quarterback joining the Vikings, “It’s done.” ESPN and NFL Media reported Tuesday that Cousins was expected to sign a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player based on average annual salary.
The Jet will land in San Francisco. A source said that running back Jerick McKinnnon, who spent the past four seasons with the Vikings, will sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the 49ers on Wednesday's first day of free agency. ESPN first reported the deal. McKinnon had said after last season he was looking to possibly leave Minnesota. Last Sunday, he tweeted a picture of a plane, a reference to his Jet nickname, and wrote "coming to a city near you."
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings’ three free-agent quarterbacks are out of here. According to multiple reports Tuesday, March 13, Sam Bradford will sign with the Arizona Cardinals. And CBSSports.com reported that Teddy Bridgewater is finalizing a deal with the New York Jets. Case Keenum, Minnesota’s starter last season, agreed earlier in the day to sign a two-year, $36 million deal with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday’s first official day of free agency.
Case Keenum is moving on. A source confirmed Tuesday morning that Keenum, the quarterback who led the Vikings last season to the NFC Championship Game, will sign with Denver when free agency officially opens Wednesday. The move increases the chances that Minnesota will sign free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to take over since Denver had been one of four suitors for him. The Vikings are considered the favorite for Cousins with the New York Jets and Arizona also in the mix.
EAGAN, Minn. -- The Vikings last year worked out a long-term deal with restricted free agent Adam Thielen. This year, one could be reached with Nick Easton. A source said Monday the Vikings have placed a second-round tender on the restricted free-agent guard worth $2.914 million for next season. The source said that Easton “loves it” in Minnesota and there is hope of working out a long-term contract. The tender means that the Vikings can match any offer for Easton, who started all 12 games he played last season.
Joe Theismann recently was sent a photo that showed him crouching down and speaking to a small boy wearing a Kirk Cousins No. 8 Washington Redskins jersey. He considered it the perfect image to accompany a goodbye message to a player he got to know well. Theismann is a former Pro Bowl quarterback who 35 years ago led the Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII. Cousins is the team’s latest Pro Bowl quarterback, but he will be out the door soon.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Safety Anthony Harris will return to the Vikings. The exclusive-rights free agent said Thursday he will sign a one-year, $705,000 tender. The contract offer is a procedural move that has been expected. "I'm excited," said Harris, undrafted in 2015 out of Virginia. "I started out with Minnesota. They gave me an opportunity to display my talents. It's been a lot of hard work trying to get better and trying to find a way to be a contributor, so to get the opportunity to come back for another year is great."
MINNEAPOL;9S—John DeFilippo just won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia. Now, he's talking about getting one for Minnesota. The Vikings named DeFilippo offensive coordinator Friday, five days after he served as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach during their 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer interviewed DeFilippo on Thursday in Philadelphia after the Eagles' victory parade, and they reached an agreement on a two-year contract.
ATLANTA—When Karen Vanderyt has guests in her Atlanta home to watch football, there is one important rule. "If you're going to talk, you have to go to a different room because I'm serious about watching my football," she said. Vanderyt was even more locked in than usual after inviting 10 family members and friends to her home for Super Bowl LII on Sunday. She is the daughter of the late Norm Van Brocklin, the quarterback who led the Philadelphia Eagles to what had been their last NFL title in 1960.