Kirk Cousins Deal Shows Why Free Agency Is the Stupid Season in the NFL

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. The NFL's offseason features plenty of intrigue beyond where Kirk Cousins and dozens of other quarterbacks will land.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings got played.

There’s no other way to say it. They agreed to give Kirk Cousins, an average quarterback, a fully guaranteed three-year deal, a source confirmed to Bleacher Report.

Cousins is a solid player who will make the Vikings better, but he is also remarkably flawed. He plays down to his competition and isn’t the type of quarterback who can put a team on his back. He makes too many unforced errors.

Yet he is capable, and in this free-agent marketin this time in league historycapable gets you a megadeal. Capable allows you to fleece a team the way Cousins just did. 

Yep, the Vikings got played. And they know it.

The Vikings know it because they realize they’re in an arms race. The NFC North has Aaron Rodgers, who is so good he rides across the galaxy on a surfboard; Matt Stafford, who is good enough; and Mitchell

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