Has Kirk Cousins called an audible about how he will approach free agency? It certainly appears that way and that might be good news for the Vikings.
In late February, Pro Football Talk reported a source with knowledge of the situation said that the quarterback intended not to agree to terms before he made one or more visits with teams and that those would not happen until after free agency officially opened at 3 p.m. on March 14.
But an ESPN report by Dianna Russini on Sunday contradicted the PFT report.
The Vikings, the Cardinals, and the Jets will be lobbying hard in the race for Kirk Cousins- putting together recruiting pitches along with video presentations. However, I'm told the QB isn't planning on taking any visits
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 11, 2018
If Cousins has decided he doesn’t need to visit teams, that means a deal could be worked out when the NFL’s legal tampering period begins at 11 a.m. Monday. Cousins can not sign a contract before the start of the new league year at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
It’s interesting that Russini’s tweet does not mention the Denver Broncos, who were thought to be one of the Vikings’ main competitors, along with the Jets, for Cousins.
There has been growing speculation that Cousins to the Vikings already might be close to being a done deal. NFL insider Adam Caplan said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday that Cousins will sign with the Vikings for “at least $27 million per season.”
If Cousins had insisted on taking a visit or two after free agency began, that might have left the door open for him to change his mind about teams. The chance of a video presentation causing Cousins to change his mind seems a lot less likely.