Tuesday morning, Cousins' camp called the Jets to inform them he would be taking his first visit to Minnesota.
Cousins said he signed what he hoped would be a lifetime deal - "But the expectation is from both sides we raise our kids here and if everything goes as planned, we'll be here a long, long time".
"The two-day shipping came through for us", Cousins told Vrentas over the phone. He said that Cousins, entering his seventh National Football League season, will profit in more ways than just the contract he signed.
The deal sees Cousins leapfrog Jimmy Garoppolo, who signed a five-year, $137.5million contract with the San Francisco 49ers last month, as the highest-paid player in the NFL.
Team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf were willing to approve the investment, hopeful that Cousins can be the keystone to a championship squad. He's thinking about staying in the Twin Cities for a long time. He emphasized that "the Vikings can afford to pay him and keep most, if not all, of their other quality players".
Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum all became free agents this week and signed with other teams, so the Vikings didn't have much of a backup plan if Cousins balked at their offer. "Money is important, contract is important but I want you on a daily basis to jump out of bed excited to go to work, to go into a building that has a great culture and a chance to win". Probably the best chance.
Cousins was drafted by the Redskins in 2012 and became their starter in 2015. RG3′s star faded quickly, though, and Cousins, who was lightly recruited out of Holland Christian High School before landing at Michigan State, worked his way up the depth chart. He has thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in three straight seasons. However, Cousins has yet to win a playoff game in his career. It was the kind of deal Cousins' previous team, Washington, wasn't willing to commit to, and which has the potential to change the way top players handle their future negotiations. "He's always played with a chip on his shoulder". "Just thought it was smart to be prudent, take our time and ensure that we were making the right decision". "I can't win the Super Bowl today". Just two days into his visit, the Smith deal went down. "That's the goal", Cousins said.
The Carolina Panthers and unrestricted Falcons free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe have agreed on a three-year, $28 million deal.
In the wake of the Vikings adding Cousins as their new quarterback Thursday, Star Tribune reporter Jim Souhan posed some hypothetical questions.
And let's not forget about the No. 6 pick the Jets own.