His agent, Mike McCartney, dismissed reports that his signing with the Vikings is a done deal.
Washington will not face the Vikings during the 2018 regular season. That is especially telling since Denver's coaching staff received hands-on work with two of the top prospects, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, in late January at the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Cousins joins a talented Vikings team that went into the offseason with a glut of talented quarterbacks.
"I think offensive line is always a priority". The Chiefs recognized you can't win big with me-minded knuckleheads like star cornerback Marcus Peters, no matter how gifted they are.
Bradford enjoyed his best pro season in 2016, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Vikings before he made only two appearances a year ago due to a knee injury.
Cousins went 26-30-and-1 as Redskins starting QB, including a 24-23-1 record the past three seasons - a stretch during which he started every game.
Cousins, 29, has been one of the NFL's most productive quarterbacks since becoming Washington's full-time starter three years ago. This started with the massive free agent deal that guard Steve Hutchinson got in 2006 and continued with the blockbuster trade for defensive end Jared Allen in 2008 and the pursuit that landed them Brett Favre in 2009. Last year, the Vikings waited until April 3 to sign Keenum for $2 million. Bridgewater's devastating knee injury right before the 2016 season wrecked his quest to become the long-term leader of the offense and face of the franchise. It means the Broncos probably won't take a quarterback with their No. 5 overall draft pick, although Elway won't rule it out. Bridgewater, of course, has spent his entire career in Minnesota.
The reward clearly outweighed the risk for Minnesota in dumping a truckload of money on Cousins' doorstep.
Enter Cousins, who appears to have wrangled the NFL's first multiyear, fully guaranteed contract for a quarterback.
If negotiations hit a snag, there would be no clear backup plan in place for the Vikings.
It comes with Gary Kubiak's fingerprints.