As the NFL Scouting Combine closed up shop Monday, Cousins' next destination took center stage in league circles, serving up speculation that the quarterback has already begun winnowing the field of suitors.
Appearing on Tuesday's edition of Up to the Minute Live, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero shut down whispers of a covert agreement that would send Cousins to Minnesota.
"I know there was one word out of Washington today that the Vikings already have offered Cousins a three-year, $91 million fully guaranteed contract," Pelissero said. "I spoke to people that I trust with knowledge of this situation who say those numbers are absolutely false. The Vikings have not made any offer to Kirk Cousins."
Pelissero further explained that the Vikings are "still going through that process" of deciding whether it's worth exceeding $30 million annually for Cousins if they believe they can re-sign Case Keenum, Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater for a more reasonable number that won't hamstring their efforts to lock up nucleus players such as Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs.
"It's the time of year when there's always a lot of wild reports and rumors," Mike McCartney told Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver. "Kirk is keeping all his options open. No team has been ruled out."
Klis confirmed through league sources that Denver remains interested and is "very much in play" for Cousins.
Which organization will ultimately win the sweepstakes? Cousins is open to suggestions: