Minnesota preferred Cousins over Keenum, who filled in ably previous year for an injured Bradford after Week 1 and held onto the starting role.
The contract offer by the Vikings to Cousins is reportedly a fully guaranteed three-year deal worth roughly $86 million, paying him about $28 million a year. Gang Green is not Bridgewater's only option, Rapoport added, but he is the organization's first choice.
In case you didn't realize it, Keenum played at a very high level for the Vikings this past year, and it wasn't a case of the team carrying a bad quarterback on their backs.
There's simply no telling how Bridgewater's reconstructed knee will react to the speed of National Football League game action going forward.
That salary tops the $27.5 million a year paid to Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers, now the league's highest-paid quarterback.
Minnesota was the NFC's No.2 seed last season after finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record.
Keenum's signing would mean that the Broncos can turn their attention to plugging other holes in their line-up. Also, because of the complex way his contract was structured to help the Saints' salary cap in previous years, if Brees' contract voids it will count as $18 million in dead cap space for the Saints in 2018, according to Nola.com. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and second-year running back Dalvin Cook provide Cousins with significant upgrades over what he had last year in Washington.
In 2017, Cousins posted another 4,000 yard passing season.
The Star Tribune reported the Vikings have interest in Bears CB Bryce Callahan, a restricted free agent.
Cousins, who wasn't franchise tagged by the Washington Redskins after the team acquired Alex Smith in a blockbuster trade with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason, had previously stated that winning a Super Bowl title was his priority over maximizing the dollar figure on a potential contract.
More will be known next season about the happiness level in Minnesota.
Well, Bridgewater is not a lock to be the organization's savior at the position, but it would make for a tremendous comeback story if he winds up helping the Jets become a victor. Check out (as one eagle-eyed Twitter user saw) which two teams, other than Washington, that Cousins tagged. They'll be scary contenders for years to come if they finish the deal with Kirk.
Added former National Football League executive Joe Banner: "Cousins has had $114M guaranteed in his last two contracts covering only four years".
The Vikings have been targeting Cousins for weeks and did not make much of an effort to retain Keenum.
Cousins has been linked to the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, and both teams were originally tagged at the bottom of the letter along with the Redskins before being removed later.