Donovan McNabb is the classic example: The quarterback signed a massive five-year, $78 million contract with the Washington Redskins in 2010 - and only saw $8 million of it after being traded to the Vikings and released in December 2011. The backfield also could become one of the league's best behind the return of Dalvin Cook, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Latavius Murray.
Elway's forays into the QB market since winning the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning on his last leg have been disastrous.
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 past year due to a knee injury.
But, they went out and signed one of the top quarterback free agents and will nearly certainly draft a QB in the first round, too.
All of those moves came before the team had a new stadium and now a brand new practice facility that has or will increase revenues and also made the Vikings a more favorable destination for top free agents. Cousins is still talking to teams in addition to the Vikings, another league source said, but mutual interest between the former Pro Bowler and Minnesota has been something of an open NFL secret for weeks.
ProFootballTalk reported Keenum is expected to receive $18-20million a year from Denver. It appeared they had solved their quarterback woes with Teddy Bridgewater before his time in Minnesota was cut short by a catastrophic knee injury. The Vikings have otherwise been finding stopgap solutions since moving on from 2011 first-round draft pick Christian Ponder. Sam Bradford and Case Keenum might be options for Buffalo. He was once a first-round pick for the Vikings and led Minnesota to the playoffs. Cousins avoided giving the Vikings the ability to squat on him at a lower number.
General manager Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer pushed all their chips to the center of the table, and you should be pee-your-pants excited for next season. Many Broncos players, most notably Von Miller, lobbied Cousins to sign with Denver.