The two sides discussed parameters of a contract on Monday as 2017 starter Case Keenum fled the Vikings and agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos. Thirdly, it was Sam Bradford intending to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.
Cousins has spent his entire National Football League career so far in Washington, starting all 48 regular season games across the last three seasons and throwing a career total of 99 touchdowns against 55 interceptions.
The Broncos had inside knowledge into Keenum due to senior personnel adviser and former coach Gary Kubiak's relationship with the free-agent quarterback.
Teddy Bridgewater played in 30 games for the Minnesota Vikings after being a first-round draft pick in 2014. But he tore his ACL in 2016, and upon returning to the health, the position had been taken by Case Keenum.
Bridgewater is a free agent with Minnesota having declined his fifth-year contract option. He has started 49 consecutive games, including his lone playoff start where he threw for 329 yards, but was sacked six times, in a 35-18 NFC wild-card loss to Green Bay after the 2015 season.
Bridgewater might not be looked as a sure-fire starter for the Jets.
The deal can not become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday. The team has the salary cap space to make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, and they are a clear Super Bowl contender after reaching the NFC Championship Game. They are expected to add a veteran backup. The Raiders could have a leg up on those two since Johnson, who plays the three-technique spot, could fit in well with their scheme.
McCown had a lot of success with the Jets a year ago as a would-be bridge quarterback who managed to put up really nice numbers and help the Jets to a surprisingly successful season.
But it's easy to see similarities between Bridgewater and Mike Glennon, who was signed to essentially a one-year commitment by the Chicago Bears last offseason.
Keenum had his best season as a pro in 2017, leading Minnesota past New Orleans in the divisional playoffs. He declined comment on this week on whether he is hopeful of playing in 2018. Since Favre's retirement in 2010, the Vikings have tried a bevy of quarterbacks from draft picks to free agent signings.