The Kirk Cousins sweepstakes has officially hit the speculation phase.
According to the Burgundy Blog, former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said an agent — not necessarily Cousin’s agent — told him the Vikings are set to offer the free agent quarterback a three-year, $91 million fully guaranteed deal. Cooley, now a sports talk show host on the Team980 in Washington, was Cousin’s Redskins teammate in 2012, the final year of his career.
This Vikings “offer” could be just spin, but it is in line with what the Jets — who have the most financial flexibility of the four teams — may be willing to pay. The projections have been $30 million per season and about $90 million in the first three years.
Over the weekend, ESPN reported the final four teams for Cousins are expected to be the Jets, Vikings, Broncos and Cardinals. A surprise team still could emerge, but at the moment those four look like the biggest contenders.
Teams officially can negotiate with Cousins’ agent on Monday, and the quarterback can sign with a new team at 4 p.m. on March 14 — though Cousins is expected to visit teams, so this will last beyond the opening bell of free agency.