StaTuesday: Cousins would mean rare QB stability for Vikings


It’s finally happening.

The Minnesota Vikings are (reportedly) signing (it’s happening, people) the best quarterback on the free-agent market. One firmly in his prime, and a guy who had his pick of the league’s quarterback-needy teams.

Not Brett Favre. Not Donovan McNabb. Not Gus Frerotte. A bona fide starter.

You like that?

Well, he does. Kirk Cousins is set to become the highest-paid quarterback in the league if the reports of a three-year deal with around $90 million in guaranteed money are accurate, while the Vikings are primed for another run to the playoffs and beyond.

Case Keenum, former third-string journeyman and one-time Minnesota folk hero, is off to Colorado, where he’s expected to be the Denver Broncos’ stopgap solution heading into the draft.

Keenum helped the Vikings get within a game of the Super Bowl, taking Minnesota much further than anyone could have anticipated after Week 1 starter Sam Bradford‘s various knee ailments flared up.

The other quarterback standing in Keenum’s way, front-office favorite Teddy Bridgewater, didn’t see any meaningful action last season after recovering from a catastrophic knee injury. Keenum was simply too good.

He set career highs across the board, throwing for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns with just seven interceptions, posting a 98.3 quarterback rating and a 67.6 completion percentage. It was a massive step forward for Keenum, who

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