When Does NFL Free Agency Start? Player Moves Will Soon Be Official

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

Cousins' potential signing with Vikings moved Minnesota's Super Bowl LIII odds from 16-1 to 12-1 (tied with Green Bay for fourth best) at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

By signing a fully guaranteed contract, Cousins has all the power.

The Seahawks historically will begin negotiating contract extensions with a year left on a player's current deal.

So, what's he done to (reportedly) get $28 million a year? He entered Minnesota's Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals this past season, during which received a standing ovation, but Case Keenum already had solidified himself as the Vikings' starting quarterback by that point.

In 2017 Cousins topped the 4,000-yard mark for the third straight season.

Cousins joins a talented Vikings team that went into the offseason with a glut of talented quarterbacks.

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Overall, letting Cousins walk doesn't appear to be a big deal. The Raiders could have a leg up on those two since Johnson, who plays the three-technique spot, could fit in well with their scheme. After making $18 million in 2017 and playing in just two games because of knee issues, he actually gets a raise that would bring his career earnings to $134 million for his first nine National Football League seasons.

If the Cousins contract is indeed finalized, he'll be the eighth quarterback to start a season opener for the Vikings in the last nine years. Sources told ESPN that he plans to sign the pact on Thursday.

A day before the official onset of free agency, the quarterbacks dominoes are falling into place.

The Washington quarterback will sign a three-year, $84 million contract. The 30-year old QB finished the season with 3,547 passing yards as well as 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

NFL Media reported Monday that the Vikings put in a call to Drew Brees' agent Monday to express interest in future hall of fame quarterback. Glennon made four unremarkable starts early last season, then was usurped by rookie Mitch Trubisky.

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder previous year who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

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