Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the ...

When pressed over the past two years about what he sought in an NFL employer, Kirk Cousins consistently cited three factors: A team that believed in him, had a history of stability and routinely contended in the postseason.

In coming to terms with the Minnesota Vikings on a three-year deal that’s expected to be consummated soon after he makes an official visit Wednesday evening, Cousins appears to have found all that.

In signing, Cousins also brings a merciful end to the halfhearted dance he’d been doing with the Washington Redskins over a long-term contract that was never truly in play — at least not since December 2015, when then-general manager Scot McCloughan advocated locking up the first-year starter with a multiyear deal and Cousins’ agent counseled against signing, urging his client to finish the season strong and, in so doing, increase his market value.

Yet the dance was reprised for months after Cousins did just that, leading the Redskins to the 2015 NFC East title, and again following the 2016 season, and for a final time over the weeks that followed last season’s 7-9 disappointment.

Throughout, as Redskins fans’ expectations rose and fell, and the team’s coaches and scouts could do no more than chart a short-term plan for the offense, the Redskins front office made no serious effort to keep Cousins. Cousins, in turn, sent no signal — in word, tone or deed — that he was enthused about staying, apart from carefully worded statements about the value of continuity and stability to any NFL team’s success.

Patrick Smith, Getty ImagesQuarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field on Dec. 17, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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