While it was mentioned by Warren in his article on quarterback rumors earlier today, I think this little tidbit is important enough where it merits its own mention.
This comes from Dianna Russini of ESPN.
The Vikings, the Cardinals, and the Jets will be lobbying hard in the race for Kirk Cousins- putting together recruiting pitches along with video presentations. However, I'm told the QB isn't planning on taking any visits— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 11, 2018
There are a couple of different ways that this can be interpreted, I would imagine, but it certainly sounds like Kirk Cousins has already made up his mind about where he wants to sign when free agency officially kicks off at 3:00 PM Central time on Wednesday.
Now, we know that Cousins was in Minnesota during Super Bowl week. . .hence the picture above that was taken at Radio Row in the Mall of America. While he was there, I’m sure that he just happened to run into several members of the Minnesota Vikings. There’s also probably a pretty good chance that those Minnesota Vikings players just happened to talk to Rick Spielman and/or Mike Zimmer at some point between that time and now. I’m assuming that there may have even been various numbers and things of that nature discussed.
Hypothetically, of course.
See, that’s how you can get around that whole “tampering” thing. I mean, we know it’s going on, but the Vikings’ front office and coaching staff aren’t talking directly to Cousins, so it’s all good. They can start doing that tomorrow afternoon.
To summarize, let me crib from Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN:
Saw the report Kirk Cousins now isn't going to take any free agent visits. That tells me the Vikings are likely to have a major announcement to make late Wednesday afternoon.— Judd Zulgad (@1500ESPNJudd) March 12, 2018
Seriously, I’m in the same boat that I have a feeling that most of you are in. I just want this whole thing to be over and done with. With Kirk Cousins deciding that he’s not making any free agency visits, we might be that much closer to our conclusion.