Free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings brain trust had dinner Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Wined and dined? Check, check. Signed? Not yet, but stay tuned Thursday, GM Rick Spielman said.
Had a great visit, Cousins told reporters (via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press). Looking forward to (Thursday). Going to be able to see more of the city and the facility. It’s a great organization and my wife and I are thrilled to be here.
That the welcoming dinner was at The Capital Grille has a certain irony. Cousins, 29, played his first six seasons in nation’s capital with the Redskins. After becoming the regular starter in 2015, he has thrown for 4,000 or more yards and 25 or more touchdowns in three straight seasons.
Barring an unexpected bump, Cousins will be the Vikings starter. Meantime, as the new league year opened Wednesday, Minnesota acquired Cousins’ likely backup, Trevor Siemian, who has been the primary starter the past two seasons for the Broncos 锟斤拷 until Case Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC championship last season, signed with Denver.
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Despite his desire to remain with the team, a new agreement could not be reached.
One NFL player already was recruiting Mathieu, the Texans’ J.J. Watt, who is Womens Wendell Smallwood Jersey represented by the same agency.
Mathieu, 25, had a monster season in 2015 when he recorded 89 total tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass breakups to earn a Pro Bowl selection. However, his production has been on the decline in recent years and he finished last season with one sack, two picks and seven pass breakups.
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This is the fourth in a series looking at positional needs for the Detroit Lions in free agency.
Teams can begin negotiating with free agents on March 12.