Add Minnesota to the list of teams heat-seeking a new starting quarterback.
Barring a change of heart, Minnesota will join the list of clubs open to starting anew under center, with free-agent mega-prize Kirk Cousins coming into view as a legitimate target for the team's Super Bowl-ready roster.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo echoed Brandt's sentiments on Up to the Minute Live on Monday: "The Minnesota Vikings are going to be players for Kirk Cousins. I have been told that by numerous sources the whole way. I'm not saying they're going to land him. I do believe that they have a great pitch to make to him as far as look at our defense, look at our targets, look at everything we've got. You can come in here and compete right away, the money is going to be what the money is going to be, we've talked about upwards of $30 million per season because you rarely see a quarterback like this hit the open market. But the Minnesota Vikings are going to make a strong push for Kirk Cousins, you can absolutely bet."
The Jets can offer more money up front, but Cousins would have the chance to take the controls of an NFC power in Minnesota. Armed with a championship-level defense and a laundry list of weapons on offense, the Vikings simply offer more than Gang Green from the standpoint of immediate on-field success.
The Vikings went into the offseason with a trio of passers -- Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford -- all set to hit the open market. With Keenum being allowed to walk, the team could still choose to keep Bridgewater, their 2014 first-round pick, with a less-expensive deal. Sam Bradford, meanwhile, has worked previously with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. In the end, they could also choose to re-sign Keenum, but the club appears less than fired up to bring him back on a long-term deal.
Don't go anywhere. The quarterback carousel is just heating up.