The fantasy football impact of Kirk Cousins potentially joining the Vikings

Kirk Cousins posts personal farewell to Washington

Wide receiver Allen Robinson will reportedly sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chicago Bears.

Toward the end of his introductory news conference at the Vikings' shiny new headquarters in Eagan, Cousins also said this: "This TCO Performance Center is over the top".

Within minutes of learning about Cousins' expected signing with the Vikings, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook moved Minnesota's odds to win the Super Bowl in 2019 from 16-1 to 12-1.

Case Keenum's move to Denver was first reported on Tuesday and when the 2018 year officially began on Wednesday at 8pm (GMT) the move was one of the first confirmed and the ripple effects continued for the next 48 hours.

It was announced on Tuesday that Kirk Cousins had agreed to terms with the Minnsota Vikings. Once Washington agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, Cousins became one of the most valuable quarterbacks ever available on the open market - a starting QB in his prime.

Since becoming the Redskins full-time starter in 2015, Cousins has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

A source had said Wednesday morning about the free agent quarterback joining the Vikings, "It's done".

The Vikings made a statement that they feel Cousins gives them the best chance of reaching the pinnacle in the National Football League - not Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater or any other quarterback available in free agency.

According to NFL.com, the contract is worth $22.5 million in 2018, $27.5 million for 2019 and $29.5 million in 2020.

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. But he missed most of last season because of a knee injury.

He's played the complete schedule twice, missed the entire 2014 season and was limited to two games with the Vikings in 2017. Norwell's deal will include $30 million guaranteed.

Of course, Keenum was helped by the Vikings' top-ranked defense, while Cousins was forced into more shoot-outs given Washington's defense ranked 28th, 28th, and 21st during his three seasons. "No final decisions have been made", Cousins's agent Mike McCartney said. Keenum's only two playoff games came a year ago, when the Vikings pulled off what many consider one of the greatest plays in playoff history: the 'Minnesota Miracle'.

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.

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