Cousins likely to sign with Vikings over Jets if visit goes well

The Jets’ chances at landing Kirk Cousins took a massive blow Tuesday morning.

Cousins will visit with the Vikings first, according to NFL Network, meaning it’s possible the 29-year-old quarterback could join Minnesota without hearing the Jets’ full pitch. Cousins will reportedly have dinner with Vikings coaches and personnel Wednesday night before visiting the team facility on Thursday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Vikings are “likely” to sign Cousins, who must wait until free agency starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday to officially sign with a team.

“No final decisions have been made,” Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney told Schefter. “The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That’s all we can say right now.”

Translation: It’s time for the Jets to move on to Plan B.

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Kirk Cousins’ list of possible suitors was narrowed down to the Jets, Vikings and Cardinals on Tuesday.

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The Vikings have reportedly offered Cousins a three-year deal with an average annual value of $ 28 million. But money isn’t the true issue here. The Jets have the most cap space in the NFL entering free agency at a touch under $ 90 million and could match any offer the Vikings make — or any other team, for that matter.

But the Vikings have always been the frontrunners in this sweepstakes, after they allowed all three of their quarterbacks — 2017 starter Case Keenum, backup Sam Bradford and third-stringer Teddy Bridgewater, who missed close to two seasons after a devastating knee injury — to test the open market. Keenum reportedly agreed to terms with the Broncos on Tuesday, while Bradford and Bridgewater remain available.

Minnesota reached the NFC Championship Game on one of the great plays in NFL history against the Saints in the divisional round. Mike Zimmer’s group is the most title-ready of the Cousins contenders, which also included the Cardinals and Broncos, before they nabbed Keenum. 

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