The major difference is that Cousins will be free to go after a new contract in 2021 - from the Vikings or the free agency market - no matter how he plays.
Signing anything other than a fully-guaranteed contract doesn't really makes sense for the best football player in the game, and there would be many players unhappy with Rodgers for considering anything short of a fully guaranteed deal.
Terms of the deal have not been revealed, but the New York Jets may be one of the most interesting and odd fits for Bridgewater considering the weather and supporting cast the team has to offer.
Brees reportedly got $50 million from the Saints with more than half of it guaranteed.
When Bridgwater was last seen in significant action, he completed over 65 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North and almost (should have?) won a playoff game in 2015.
If Cousins likes Minnesota's pitch, then Arizona would need to move forward by setting up meetings and physicals with a second-tier of quarterback options: Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown.
Kirk Cousins' list of possible suitors was narrowed down to the Jets, Vikings and Cardinals on Tuesday. He was placed under a franchise tag the last two years. He spent the past four years with the team, but played just one game over the past two seasons due to injury.
If the Cousins contract is indeed finalized, he'll be the eighth quarterback to start a season opener for the Vikings in the last nine years. But if it eventually happens, the day Cousins signed with the Vikings could be remembered as the moment that changed it all.
Cousins joins the Vikings, who posted a 13-3 record in 2017 and reached the NFC championship game before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.
All three quarterbacks were draft picks by Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has only had success at quarterback in free agency. Due to the fact that he began his career playing behind Robert Griffin III, Cousins did not get much of a chance with the Redskins during his first three years in the league.
All of that being said, which underrated free agent should the Vikings focus on signing this offseason?