Kirk Cousins
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After taking a few visits, free agent QB Kirk Cousins will make a decision on his next team later this week.

Kirk Cousins, the most sought-after quarterback on the NFL’s free-agent market, will make a decision on his playing future Wednesday or Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

 

Per Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings remain the frontrunners to get Cousins but he won’t make a decision until he meets with coaches and others from teams he’s interested in. A decision is likely to come Thursday.

At least two teams are prepared to offer the quarterback a three-year, fully guaranteed contract. That deal would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL if he gets it.

Right now, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback at $60.5 million, per Spotrac.

Along with the Vikings, the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Arizona Cardinals are expected to be contenders is the Cousins sweepstakes, according to Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com. The Jets have a league-leading $89.8 million in salary-cap space after the Cleveland Browns went trade crazy over the weekend.

Last year Cousins threw for 4,093 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Washington Redskins. He said goodbye to Washington in a message on his personal website, KirkCousins.org.

“As I’m about to make one of the bigger decisions of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to my familiar life as a Redskin, After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has decided to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well.

Knowing I will not be putting on a Redskins jersey next season, it’s hard to look back at all that’s taken place and not become emotional. I will forever be grateful to Mike Shanahan for taking a chance on me in the 2012 draft. At the time, many people saw his selection as foolish. Time proved otherwise and taught me that there are no guarantees in this business — if you work hard and learn from your mistakes, good things can happen. For the first time in 11 years I will participate in choosing where I play. Having said this, I would not trade the past decade for anything.”

Cousins went on to say that he’s grateful for the support from the fans. The question now? Which fans will throw their support behind him in 2018 and beyond?

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