John Elway is looking to free agency for his fix at quarterback following a season in which all three of his drafted QBs fell flat in Denver. Other than probably Robison, most names on that list will get substantial money on the free agent market coming off their rookie deals and the Vikings won't be able to pay them all. With Cousins, who would've been the best non-Tom Brady QB in the division since a 38-year-old Brett Favre, the Jets could've been equipped for a wild card run.
It is not certain yet what sort of contract that Keenum, who made $2 million last season, will get. While Bridgewater was healthy enough to be on the Vikings roster past year, the consistent play of Case Keenum kept the former first round pick on the sidelines.
The main need of the Vikings leading up to today has been where they will go with the quarterback position.
Is $87 million guaranteed too much?
Pro Football Focus tracks every throw a quarterback makes, then breaks it all down into a number of categories, including: adjusted completion percentage, throws versus the blitz, good throws, bad throws, distance of passes, and throws against pressure. During that time, he's ranked fourth in passing yards, sixth in passer rating, seventh in Total QBR and eighth in touchdown passes. Keenum was also incredibly effective in the red zone, throwing 17 touchdowns compared to just one interception.
McCown and Bridgewater will be joined by another new face in the backfield, former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Having said this, I would not trade the past decade for anything. They went 5-8 with him in the lineup - and failed to win a game after his injury.
Unable to agree on a long-term deal with the club, Cousins signed franchise tag tenders each of the last two years to make market-rate money (about $20 million in 2016 and $24 million in 2017) and push out his first experience with free agency. In the NFL, McCarron has played in 11 regular-season games and one playoff contest, with four starts. Bridgewater, meanwhile, is gradually working his way back from a serious knee injury that cost him most of the past two seasons. It's time they start fresh at quarterback and bring in a young gunslinger that is ready to start come Week 1.
Cousins' new contract can not become official until Wednesday, when the NFL's free agency period begins.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the fifth-year player reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with Buffalo.
Lotulelei was a five-year starter with Carolina after being selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Utah.