We'll see. The No. 3 option of McCown/Bridgewater/Bradford can't be dismissed as the negotiating period is McCown, a late-bloomer who turns 39 prior to training camp, has found a niche in recent years as a "bridge starter".
Personally, I hate the idea of signing Keenum and drafting someone at quarterback with the fifth overall pick.
Minnesota reached the NFC Championship Game on one of the great plays in National Football League history against the Saints in the divisional round.
Other teams reportedly chasing Cousins include the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. 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. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings have a decision to make a quarterback.
Cousins has thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. Teams can not legally make their pitches or offers to free agents until that time period, but they are now allowed to speak with them.
It is not certain yet what sort of contract that Keenum, who made $2 million last season, will get. The Vikings, ostensibly, would be signing Cousins because they believe he can take them a step further. The pair of former MVP's will both be looking to secure extensions with their current teams, but what happens with Cousins is hugely significant to how both parties approach those negotiations. Keenum is more hard to judge, but the $16 million to $20 million-a-year should cover it. Schefter reports Cousins intends to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings on Thursday. By the time there was a desire on the Redskins' part that December, it was too late, and Cousins was eyeing free agency or the franchise tag.
Cousins and the Vikings will have to wait until Wednesday for free agency to officially start in order to make it official.
The lasting impact of Cousins' situation won't be known for a while.
Cousins appears to be moving to a Minnesota team that has a clear direction of where they want to be.
Bridgewater was once considered the future of the Vikings. By the time Brees new contract expires, he could very well be the NFL's all-time leader in yards and touchdowns passing. Taking a guard that high is rarely the intriguing play, but it is a possibility for a franchise that has struggled to protect its quarterbacks over the years and says it will continue to emphasize the run game. But for the Broncos to go from worst to near first in a year's time, the percentages are greater if they get either Cousins or Keenum, Keenum or Cousins.