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Vikings Set To Land Kirk Cousins; QB Expected To Sign Thursday
The Vikings are set to land Kirk Cousins. Both the NFL Network and ESPN are reporting the quarterback likely will sign a three-year offer from the Vikings that includes $86 million guaranteed.

As expected, that tops the $27.5 million annually Jimmy Garoppolo earned from the 49ers.

Cousins will have dinner with coaches and other essential Vikings personnel on Wednesday evening before visiting the club's brand new facility on Thursday. He likely will sign by Thursday.

Assuming this deal comes to fruition, Cousins, who made $19.95 million in 2016 and $23.94 million in 2017, will have made a close to $130 million over a five year span when this deal expires.

And, as's Mike Florio points out, the deal also ensures that Cousins will hit the market again in three years, at the age of 32. For most quarterbacks, that’s still in the middle of their prime.

Meanwhile, what if this deal falls through?

The Cardinals and Jets would only still be in the mix if Cousins somehow escapes Minnesota. While New York boasts more salary-cap space than any team league-wide, there's a reason Cousins opted for the Vikings, who boast a Super Bowl-ready roster and enough cap space to get the deal done.

That being the case, Cousins' numbers as a starter in Washington the last three seasons are solid enough to lend fantasy owners confidence in those who line up with him -- whether that's Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and the rest of the Vikings skill players can continue to be effective prospects for our purposes.