Kirk Cousins: Minnesota Vikings Will Sign Free Agent QB

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This move is a sensible one for the Vikings, though it does carry some risk.

Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday. Gang Green is not Bridgewater's only option, Rapoport added, but he is the organization's first choice.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to visit with the Minnesota Vikings as he closes on a lucrative free agent contract.

Prior to the injury, Bridgewater had the full support of Minnesota's coaching staff as a popular breakout candidate. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, after completing 67 percent of his throws for a career-best 4,917 yards, 25 scores and 12 interceptions, while posting an 8-7-1 record as a starter in Washington. But the opportunity to sign Cousins is a rare one that could not be passed up. In 2015, his first year as the starter, he helped lead the Redskins to the NFC East title by throwing 23 touchdowns to three interceptions over the final 10 games - starting with the "You like that?!" comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jets are also interested in Teddy Bridgewater, who missed almost two seasons with a knee injury.

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While Cousins is expected to sign with the Vikings, the deal has not been officially signed.

The deal can not become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday. That means the Jets, who were among the teams linked to Cousins, must look elsewhere in their search for a quarterback, and ESPN's Dianna Russini is hearing NY will target Teddy Bridgewater.

Cousins has spent his entire National Football League career so far in Washington, starting all 48 regular season games across the last three seasons and throwing a career total of 99 touchdowns against 55 interceptions. He will have similar tools to work with in Denver, which should provide some optimism in his ability to reproduce last season's breakout campaign.

The Jets did not lose enough games last season, with Josh McCown mostly under center, to get a top-five choice in this year's draft and thus have their pick of the top quarterbacks in a deep class.