There's an obvious reason why NFL general managers don't like doling out guaranteed contracts: Football has a much higher injury rate than the other major pro sports.
Case Keenum may or may not have been the Broncos' first choice - the team did hold passionate negotiating talks with Kirk Cousins' reps Monday morning - but once Denver focused its attention on the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback, the advantage of saving money for other needs became obvious.
"He knows what he walked into and I think anything less than the Super Bowl might be viewed as unsuccessful for him, whether that's fair or not, " said Fox NFL analyst Charles Davis. Paired with one of the top defenses in the league, Cousins will be expected to take the Vikings deep into the playoffs, despite only leading Washington to the postseason once. "Thanks for having me, Washington and thanks for making me into the player I am today".
And it's not like Bridgewater is on firm standing coming off a career-altering knee injury, having to compete with McCown and perhaps a rookie as well. Keenum had a record of 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Coach Gruden, Bruce Allen, Dan Snyder. He threw for more than 4,000 yards per season, and led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2015.
Cousins could have provided an AFC team with a big boost. After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has chose 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. All of them should be tough to deal with in 2018 and it's important for Minnie to hit their stride early in the season.
Like we said, it's the stupid season. "It's time for us to move on and get some continuity there at quarterback". Cousins is a QB1 in Minnesota with potentially even more upside than he had in Washington given the weapons he's inheriting.
Immediately after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship, all signs pointed to the team signing Cousins. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a risky young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season.
The new guy, Cousins, will also have a new guy running the Vikings offense.