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Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings (MIN)

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Player Information

Full Name

Kirk Cousins
Jersey #8

Position & Status

QB1, Healthy

Current Team: MIN

Vikings Profile

Player Details

NFL Experience:

7 Years

Current Height & Weight

6'3", 214 Lbs.

College / University

Michigan State

College Draft Year

2012, Round #4, Pick #102

Current Fantasy Points

267 Points

$6,200 Points: 20.5 Avg / Game
DraftKings Salary & FPPG
FPPG
20.5 / Game DraftKings Points: 267
13 Games Played
$7,800 Points: 18.8 Avg / Game
FanDuel Salary & FPPG
FPPG
18.8 / Game FanDuel Points: 244
13 Games Played

Passing Statistics

Passing Attempts

524

Passing Completions

370

Passing Yards

3,698 Yards

Passing Completion Percentage

71% Completion

Passing Yards Per Attempt

7 Yards

Passing Yards Per Completion

10 Yards

Passing Touchdowns

24 Touchdowns

Passing Interceptions

9 Interceptions

Passing Rating

98

Passing Long

75

Passing Sacks

32

Passing Sack Yards

201 Sack Yards

Offensive & Defensive Snaps

Offensive Snaps Played

864 Snaps

Defensive Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Special Team Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Offensive Team Snaps Played

864 Snaps

Defensive Team Snaps Played

841 Snaps

Special Team's Team Snaps

302 Snaps

Rushing Statistics

Rushing Attempts

37 Attempts

Rushing Yards

108 Yards

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

3 Yards

Rushing Touchdowns

1 Yards

Rushing Long

19 Yards

Two Point Conversion Stats

Two Point Conversion Passes

3 Passes

Two Point Conversion Runs

0 Runs

Two Point Conversion Receptions

0 Receptions

Touchdown Statistics

Total Touchdowns

1 Total Touchdowns

Offensive Touchdowns

1 Touchdowns

Defensive Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

TSpecial Team Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Receiving Statistics

Receiving Targets

1

Receptions

1

Receiving Yards

-1.00 Yards

Receiving Yards Per Reception

-1.00 Yards

Receiving Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Receiving Long

0

Fumbles

9

Fumbles Lost

7

Recent Player Scoring

Date Opponent Points Snap % Salary $ Per Point
12-10 Seahawks 11.8 0 $5,600 474.6
12-02 Patriots 10.0 100 $5,500 550
11-25 Packers 30.4 100 $5,500 180.9
11-18 Bears 19.0 100 $5,600 294.7
11-04 Lions 8.9 100 $6,200 696.6
10-28 Saints 24.7 100 $5,900 238.9
10-21 Jets 17.5 100 $6,400 365.7
10-14 Cardinals 19.6 100 $6,700 341.8
10-07 Eagles 18.1 100 $6,000 331.5
09-27 Rams 35.7 100 $5,300 148.5
09-23 Bills 13.0 100 $6,800 523.1
09-16 Packers 37.5 100 $6,400 170.7
09-09 49ers 20.4 100 $6,500 318.6

Recent Player News

2 days ago: Kirk Cousins Set To Utilize Great Matchup Against Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been horrendous in three of his past five games. In those contests, he has averaged 191 passing yards while throwing three touchdowns and three interceptions. Cousins is capable of monster fantasy performances, but his inconsistency is unnerving. Luckily, he faces the 25th ranked pass defense of the Miami Dolphins in Week 15. The Dolphins have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in seven of the past eight weeks. Cousins has also been far better at home than on the road, which is another positive sign for his matchup. The 30-year-old can be trusted as a mid-tier QB1 for Week 15 despite his recent struggles.

4 days ago: Kirk Cousins Horrendous On Monday Night
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was dismal on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. He completed 20-of-33 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, although the score was meaningless and came at the end of regulation. Almost a quarter of his yards also came on a 48-yard heave to Stefon Diggs in the third quarter. Cousins has now had less than 210 passing yards in back-to-back weeks. With the bevy of playmakers at his disposal, it is baffling that he has struggled so mightily. Perhaps the firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo will ignite a spark. Cousins is a mid-tier QB1 for a Week 15 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

9 days ago: Kirk Cousins A Mid-Tier QB1 For Week 14
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been unpredictable at times this season. He has had three fantastic outings with at least three touchdowns and 340 yards. In the same regard, he has had three games with one touchdown and less than 240 yards. In Week 14, Cousins faces the Seattle Seahawks who have allowed at least two touchdown passes in six straight games. Cousins has thrown a touchdown in every game this season, but his inconsistency prevents him from being an elite option. Treat Cousins as a top-15 fantasy quarterback option for Week 14.

13 days ago: Kirk Cousins Disappoints Versus Patriots
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a rough outing on Sunday afternoon against the Patriots, completing 32 of 44 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Though he was coming off of a great performance against the Packers in Week 12, Cousins failed to capitalize in a favorable matchup as he averaged just 4.6 yards per attempt in the loss. His lone touchdown was caught by Adam Thielen at the end of the first half. Cousins will face off with the Seattle Seahawks on the road next week in a critical game for the team's playoff chances.

15 days ago: Kirk Cousins Looks To Keep Rolling Against Patriots
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins found his groove in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. Cousins was 29-of-38 on pass attempts with 342 yards and three touchdowns. It was a much-needed performance after three straight mediocre outings. Cousins is taking on the New England Patriots in Week 13, and they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. As long as Stefon Diggs (knee) suits up, the Vikings' offense should be able to expose the Patriots' middling secondary. Cousins is a top-10 quarterback option in Week 13.

19 days ago: Kirk Cousins Responds With Great Performance In Week 12
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins rebounded in a big way during Week 12. Cousins was 29-for-38 with 342 yards and three touchdowns during a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers. He desperately needed a solid performance after three straight mediocre showings. Cousins was poised and aggressive in this contest. He received support from his talented cast of playmakers on offense. The Vikings offense looked competent again, which makes Cousins a top-10 quarterback option for Week 13 when he takes on the New England Patriots and their underwhelming secondary.

21 days ago: Kirk Cousins An Unspectacular QB1 For Week 12
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has hit the skids lately. He has gone over 265 passing yards just once in his past five games and thrown four interceptions over that span. Luckily, Cousins will get to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. He had arguably his best performance of the season back in Week 2 against the Packers when he threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns. The Packers secondary has limited yardage since that point, but are still susceptible to touchdowns through the air. Cousins can be started as a mid-tier QB1 for Week 12.

26 days ago: Kirk Cousins Mediocre In Week 11 Loss
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins saved his Week 11 performance with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He was 30-for-46 with 262 yards and two interceptions. It was a putrid performance through three quarters from the 30-year-old as the Bears defense harassed him throughout the night. Cousins has now delivered back-to-back mediocre performances against NFC North opponents. He is falling down the fantasy quarterback rankings and will be hoping a Week 12 matchup against the Green Bay Packers rights the ship. Cousins is a mid-tier QB1 for that contest.

30 days ago: Kirk Cousins A Mediocre QB Option In Week 11
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins faces a tough test in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears. He has failed to break the 300-yard mark in three of his past four games and is facing a defense that allows the 12th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Cousins will not be wholly ineffective, but it is hard to rely on a big performance from him. He should be considered a mid-tier fantasy play in Week 11.

1 month ago: Kirk Cousins Quiet In Week 9 Win
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 16 of 22 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a 24-9 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 9. Cousins was without elite pass-catcher Stefon Diggs (ribs) in this one. He was not sharp throughout the game, highlighted by an ugly pick thrown to Darius Slay. He was also charged with a fumble, although Dalvin Cook can shoulder most of the blame. Cousins has not had a massive fantasy performance since Week 4 against the Rams. The Vikings have their bye in Week 10 before facing the Chicago Bears in Week 11. Cousins will be a mid-tier QB1 for that contest.

1 month ago: Kirk Cousins A Definite QB1 For Week 9
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been fantastic during his first season in Minneapolis. Cousins is second in the NFL in passing yards (2521) and tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (16). In Week 9, he gets to face the Detroit Lions and their touchdown-prone secondary. The Lions have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in six of their seven games this season. They are stingy in the yards department, only allowing 233 yards passing per game, but they are definitely susceptible in the red zone. Cousins has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of his eight games this season which makes him a must-start in Week 9.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins Tosses Two Touchdowns In Losing Effort
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 31 of 41 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints. The pick can have some of the blame attributed to Stefon Diggs, as he ran the wrong route on the play. Regardless, it was a strong performance from Cousins even though his offensive line allowed pressure on 49% of his snaps. The talented 30-year-old is averaging 315 yards per game with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. He remains a QB1 heading into a Week 9 matchup against the Detroit Lions.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins A Must-Start In Week 8
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been fantastic during his first season in the Twin Cities. That trend is likely to continue in Week 8, as he gets a matchup against the 28th ranked pass defense of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Cousins is averaging 308 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. In his past two matchups against the Saints, Cousins has thrown for 646 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Cousins is a definite QB1 for this contest.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins Tosses Two Touchdowns In Week 7
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns during a 37-17 win over the New York Jets. Cousins was not at his best in this game, but he made enough big plays to turn in a solid fantasy stat line. The 30-year-old now has 2162 yards with 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions on the season. He has been great during his first year in Minnesota and has another strong matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 8.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins A Top-10 QB Option For Week 7
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has had a strong start to the 2018 campaign and that trend should continue heading into a Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets. Cousins has put up 1921 passing yards along with a 71.2% completion rate and 12/3 TD/INT ratio through six games. The Jets are trending in the wrong direction heading into this game as they have allowed eight passing touchdowns in their past three contests. Cousins has thrown a single touchdown pass in half of his games this season, but look for him to spread the ball around and put up a solid fantasy stat line. He is a definite start.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins Puts Up Pedestrian Stat Line In Win
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 24 of 34 passes for 233 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 6 against the Cardinals. He also ran for 14 yards with a touchdown and a fumble. The 34 pass attempts were the fewest of the season for Cousins as the Vikings run game finally made an appearance. The 30-year-old's first season with the Vikings has been a resounding success as he ranks highly in most major QB categories. He's heading into a Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets and is a definite start for that contest.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins A Top-10 QB Option In Week 6
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been exceptional to start the 2018 season. He ranks second in the league with 1688 passing yards to go along with an 11/2 TD/INT ratio. Cousins will face off against a strong Arizona Cardinals' secondary in Week 6, but the Vikings' passing game has been unstoppable lately. Cousins has thrown the ball over 36 times in each game this season and he has a good history against the Cardinals in his career. Start Cousins and expect close to 20 fantasy points.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins Expertly Efficient In Week 5
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was locked in during a 23-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5. Cousins completed 30-of-37 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown. The former Washington Redskins QB has had a fantastic start to the 2018 season. Cousins has an 11/2 TD/INT ratio with 1688 passing yards and a 71.2% completion rate. He has developed superb chemistry with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and is a definite start in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

2 months ago: Kirk Cousins A Top-10 QB Option For Week 5
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has attempted over 48 throws in each of the past three games. This trend should continue against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, as the Vikings have yet to establish any sort of a run game. The Eagles still have a stout defense, but they have been surprisingly susceptible through the air over the first four weeks as teams are averaging 276 passing yards per game. Cousins should continue his gunslinging ways and get the ball out to his array of offensive options. He is a definite start.

3 months ago: Kirk Cousins Shines Despite Loss
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 36-of-50 passing attempts for 422 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday night, tacking on 28 rushing yards on four attempts. In a night where the Vikings played from behind all game and eventually fell to the Los Angeles Rams 38-31, Cousins actually led the team in rushing yards. He hit his former Redskins teammate Aldrick Robinson with touchdown strikes in the first and second quarter, adding a third touchdown on a beautiful 45-yard seam pass to Adam Thielen. Cousins was under constant pressure from the Rams front all night, and the Vikings non-existent running game allowed the defense to key on the pass rush. Cousins was sacked four times total, with the final one being a strip-sack that effectively ended the game. Cousins has been extremely productive this year, registering a 10/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, 1,387 yards passing, 69.3% completion percentage, and a 103.6 quarterback rating through four weeks. He has exceeded 47 passing attempts in 3-of-4 games. Kirk Cousins remains in the QB1 conversation with elite-upside given the state of the Vikings offense (and their defense).

3 months ago: Kirk Cousins In Tough Spot Against Stout Rams Defense
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will be looking to rebound after a clunker of a game in Week 3. Unfortunately for him, he's facing the Los Angeles Rams who possess the best passing defense in the league through the early season. Luckily, starting corner Aqib Talib (ankle) is out of commission while fellow corner Marcus Peters (calf) is a game-day decision. These injuries could make life a little easier for Cousins, who has averaged 322 yards per game this season, but the Rams potent defensive line could still cause headaches. Cousins can be started, especially if Peters remains sidelined, but it is hard to classify him as a Top-10 option for Week 4. A 275-yard, two TD performance would be a great outing considering the circumstances.

3 months ago: Kirk Cousins Piles Up Garbage Time Stats In Week 3
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was 40-for-55 with 296 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Early in the game, his offensive line allowed strip-sacks on back-to-back possessions and from that point forward the Vikings were playing catch-up. Cousins was able to salvage his start in the second half as he began piling up meaningless completions when the game was already over. He tossed his only touchdown pass of the day to Kyle Rudolph in the waning minutes of the game. Cousins has a tough test against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, especially if his o-line plays as poorly as they did in Week 3.

3 months ago: Kirk Cousins A Top-10 QB Option In Week 3
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is ready to eviscerate the lowly Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Cousins is averaging 335 yards and three touchdowns per game so far this season. The Bills secondary has already given up six passing TDs through two weeks, so Cousins and his murderers' row of offensive options should thrive at home. The only thing preventing Cousins from piling up numbers is the fact that the game might be a blowout. The Vikings could rely on the ground game to run out the clock if they are up a ton in the second half. Regardless, Cousins is a definite start for Week 3.

4 months ago: Kirk Cousins Perfect in Vikings Preseason Debut
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a fantastic start with his new team on Saturday night. Cousins was only in the game for a single drive, but he promptly completed all four of his passing attempts while throwing for 42 yards and a touchdown. He seems to have a particular repertoire with Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, who was on the receiving end of the touchdown pass. While preseason results should never be overanalyzed, the Vikings offense looked very stout with Cousins at the helm. He remains a viable QB1 option that can be targeted in the later rounds.

4 months ago: Kirk Cousins Needs To Improve His Freelancing
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins admitted that he'd like to get better outside of the pocket when a play breaks down. "I'd love to be a better quarterback off-schedule when the pocket breaks down," Cousins said. "Although, I have been a very good quarterback, I believe, on keepers, meaning bootlegs outside the pocket, which are very similar to off-schedule plays. So I'd like to see that translate more, where when a dropback breaks down and I leave the pocket, I can have the same kind of production that I've had when we've run bootlegs and things like that." Some people think that Cousins could struggle in Minnesota if offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's system forces Cousins to freelance too much and make plays on his own. Cousins may start out slow, but the bevvy of options he has in the passing and running game suggest he should still be very solid as a QB1.

6 months ago: Kirk Cousins Could Be Better In Red Zone
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo may be able to get more production out of quarterback Kirk Cousins in the red zone in 2018. DeFilippo was responsible for much of Philadelphia's red-zone schemes last season, and they led the league in red-zone efficiency. The Vikings will likely run the ball much more in the red zone, but the presence of tight end Kyle Rudolph will surely help Cousins be more efficient in the red zone than he was in Washington last year. Cousins will be a solid QB1 for fantasy owners.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins Set To Sign With Vikings On Thursday
Updating a previous report, free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins may have a home, as Adam Schefter of ESPN says that the Minnesota Vikings are going to sign Cousins on Thursday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the team offered Cousins a three-year deal valued at $28 million per year and Schefter confirms that the entire deal is guaranteed. While "it is not over" per Rapoport, both Rapoport and Schefter go on to say that if Cousins' visit to Minnesota goes well, he is likely to sign there. The Jets and Cardinals are also interested in Cousins, but it appears that he is set to be the newest Viking.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins Likely To Sign With Vikings
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins may have a home, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that the Vikings are "in the driver's seat" for Cousins. Rapoport reports that the team offered Cousins a three year deal valued at $28M per year. While "it is not over" per Rapoport, he goes on to say that if Cousins' visit to Minnesota goes well, he is likely to sign there. The Jets and Cardinals are also interested in Cousins, but it appears that he is set to be the newest Viking.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins Could Be Motivated By Family
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins may still be in play for the Arizona Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Cousins' sister lives in the "Phoenix area," which supposedly will be a factor in Cousins' decision. Like the Jets, Vikings or Broncos, the Cardinals will have to pay a pretty penny if they want Cousins to be their quarterback. The Jets may have the most money (about $150 million) to offer Cousins, but it still appears that the Vikings are the best fit for Cousins.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins To Receive Rich Offers
Sources are saying that at least two teams are willing to offer free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal if that's what it takes. At least one other team will do a similar deal that is almost fully guaranteed. Cousins will almost certainly become the highest paid quarterback in the NFL this offseason, with the Vikings, Broncos, Jets and Cardinals his mostly likely suitors. The Vikings appear to be the favorites, and Cousins would be a strong QB1 option if he ends up there.

9 months ago: Cardinals To Target Kirk Cousins, Andrew Norwell
The Arizona Cardinals will target free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and offensive guard Andrew Norwell in free agency. With quarterback Carson Palmer retiring, it's no secret that the Cardinals are looking for a quarterback this year, and offensive line is a another big priority. However, Cousins is expected to land with the Vikings, Broncos or Jets, so Arizona may be forced to settle on a short contract with a veteran signal caller while pairing him with a young QB from the draft. We'll have a better idea of the fantasy value of receiver Larry Fitzgerald after the Cardinals settle on someone under center.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins Officially A Free Agent
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is officially a free agent, as the Washington Post reports that the team did not offer a franchise tag for their quarterback. This is the worst kept secret in football, as the team traded for Alex Smith and Cousins was not going to accept the franchise tag either way. The Jets and Broncos (among teams) have shown interest in Cousins, but it looks like he is going to the Vikings. At 29 and coming off of a season where he had just under 4100 yards and completed 64.3% of passes in Washington, he will get a huge payday wherever he goes.

9 months ago: Kirk Cousins On Broncos Radar
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is the biggest free agent name and NBC Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are "very much in" on Cousins. That is "per team and player sources." There is a report out that Cousins is "down to" the Vikings and Jets, but the sides are not technically even allowed to talk yet. The "legal tampering" period begins next Monday before free agency kicks off that Wednesday.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Destined To Sign With Vikings
Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is linked to a few teams in free agency, but according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets fear Cousins is "destined" to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. The Jets believe that they can outbid the Vikings while offering a better contract structure but are not sure it's going to matter. Cousins reportedly wants to go where he can win immediately, and the Vikings would give him that opportunity. With Minnesota emerging as heavy favorites to land Cousins, New York is reportedly preparing for "Plans B and C and, if possible, D." That could mean pivoting to Vikings impending free-agent QB Case Keenum or perhaps re-signing Josh McCown as a bridge to a future franchise quarterback.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Has Suitors Named
Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is the biggest name in free agency, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings, Broncos, Jets and Cardinals are the final four teams "vying" for Cousins. This would mean neither the Browns nor Bills will go after Cousins. With other reports saying Cousins wants to play for a contender, this could also possibly take the Jets and Cardinals out of contention. The Vikings are probably Cousins' most likely option if his desire to play for a contender is truly the driving force behind where he signs.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes Will Likely Come Down To Two Teams
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent and Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports believes the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes will come down to the Broncos and Vikings. Robinson reiterated Cousins' desire to play for a contender, which would seem to eliminate the Browns and Jets. Rather than sign a six or seven-year deal, which is customary for franchise QBs, Robinson expects Cousins to land a three or four-year pact in the range of $30 million annually with most of that money guaranteed. With over $48 million in available cap space, the Vikings could easily accommodate a contract of that magnitude. To afford Cousins, the Broncos ($23.8 million in cap space) may have to make some sacrifices.

10 months ago: Broncos Could Go All-In On Kirk Cousins
The Denver Broncos are prepared to go "all-in" for Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins when free agency kicks off March 14, according to two sources familiar with the team's free agency plans. Denver is examining scenarios that could potentially open up between $40 million and $50 million in salary cap space in order to make a run at Cousins. The Vikings and Jets are expected to be the other main competitors for Cousins. Cousins will no doubt be the most sought after free agent this offseason, and he'd significantly improve Denver's offense immediately. If they were to land him, he'd remain in the QB1 conversation, and the values of receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders would go up.

10 months ago: Redskins Rule Out Franchise Tag For Kirk Cousins
The Washington Redskins have all but ruled out chances of them placing the franchise tag on impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins for a third consecutive season, according to senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams. "He's a free agent for sure," Williams said, adding that he "doesn't think" the organization will opt to tag Cousins and pay him a guaranteed $34.5 million in 2018. The Vikings are now considered the favorites for Cousins, but the Broncos and Jets will also be in the mix. Cousins will no doubt be the most coveted free agent on the market, and he'll receive big money no matter where he lands. In Minnesota and Denver he'd surely be a strong QB1 target, but his upside would be limited with a weak Jets roster.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Highly Likely To Sign With Vikings
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent and according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, there is "rampant speculation around the league" that Cousins is "destined" to sign with the Vikings. Vacchiano is not a Vikings reporter, but he is covering the league currently at the NFL Combine. There are also other heard whispers Minnesota is Cousins' likeliest destination, but the Jets and Broncos will also make a strong push. It sounds like folks gathering in Indianapolis are whispering more loudly that Cousins-to-Minnesota is a probable match. Free agency will begin on Friday, March 16.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Will Not Agree To A Deal Quickly
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is not expected to agree to terms during the two-day negotiating period, according to Pro Football Talk. PFT adds the quarterback is expected "to take one or more visits" before making his decision. Those visits cannot begin until the league year opens on March 14. Since the rest of the quarterback market likely depends on where Cousins ends up and how much money he makes, it could be stalled for several days. The Vikings have emerged as the favorite to land Cousins, but the Jets and Broncos are also in the mix.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Linked With Vikings
Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings "certainly" have mutual interest leading into Cousins' free agency. NFL.com's Gil Brandt went as far as to predict Cousins would indeed end up with the Vikings, even as the Broncos and Jets are viewed as his likeliest suitors. Minnesota has the NFL's ninth most salary cap space and can offer Cousins a chance to win Super Bowls right away. Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are all free agents. Kyle Sloter is the Vikings only QB under contract for 2018.

10 months ago: Cardinals Not Expected To Pursue Kirk Cousins
Given the amount of money it'll take to sign him, the Arizona Cardinals aren't expected to pursue Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, in the opinion of ArizonaSports.com's Mike Jurecki. The Cardinals are more likely to bring several veterans in on top of drafting a young quarterback. With Arizona's offensive line being a work in progress, too, it wouldn't make sense for them to invest a ton of money to a guy they can't protect, either. Cousins will surely be the most coveted free agent this offseason and will receive a hefty contract after proving QB1 worthy with the 'Skins the last two seasons. Having a proven signal caller in 2018 would surely help wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's outlook.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins May Not Have Blank Check With Jets
Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins will be the most highly sought after free agent and the New York Daily News reports the Jets would "absolutely love" to sign Cousins, but that they will not "give him a blank check." Reporter Manish Mehta calls the idea that the Jets would give Cousins $60 million in the first year of his contract "beyond ludicrous." Mehta says the Jets "are not going to try to bring (Cousins) aboard by any means necessary." The Jets have roughly $90 million in cap space, but the $60 million number was always fanciful, as a player's second-year cap hit must be at least 50 percent of the first. That would mean the Jets would have to commit $90 million of Cousins' mega contract to 2018-19. Despite Mehta's report, it is still quite possible the Jets are willing to go above and beyond anyone else to land the former fourth-rounder.

10 months ago: Jets Could Get Creative For Kirk Cousins
The New York Jets are viewed as the favorites to land Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins because they are projected to have $73.2 million in salary cap space, but they might get creative in order to give Cousins an offer he can't refuse. With running back Matt Forte and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson expected to be cut, their cap space could be pushed to $92 million. Cousins is expected to exceed the $27.5 million per year the 49ers gave quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. One league source speculated that the Jets could front load a contract and offer Cousins $60 million guaranteed in the first year of the deal. The Jets could also be willing to guarantee the entire contract. However, the Jets must also sell Cousins on the idea of winning, which might be the biggest hurdle. The Broncos, Vikings, Browns and Cardinals could also make runs at Cousins. In Washington with plenty of aerial weapons the last two years, Cousins was a QB1 and put up big numbers. But if he were to land in New York, he'd likely see his fantasy stock drop considerably.

10 months ago: Jets Willing To Go All Out For Kirk Cousins
Sources say that the New York Jets are willing to pay whatever it takes to land Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins unless the 'Skins tag him for a third time, which is highly unlikely. The Jets will have to convince Cousins that he'll have a chance to win in New York. If they can't lure Cousins in, there's a chance that they re-sign veteran Josh McCown as a stopgap option under center. The Jets have around $70 million available in salary cap, so money won't be a problem in trying to entice Cousins to play for them. Cousins had plenty of weapons the last two years in Washington, but that wouldn't be the case in New York. If he were to sign with the Jets, his fantasy stock would take a significant hit.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Top Destination Reinforced
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins would prefer to play for the Vikings next season, a fact echoed by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Deal. As we reported on Friday, Paul Allen of KFAN Minneapolis reported that the Vikings are "number one with a bullet" on Cousins' wish list. Cousins has garnered widespread interest since Washington traded for Alex Smith last week with the Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets and Vikings emerging as his top suitors. Cousins reportedly has a desire to 'win right away," which would make Minnesota an appealing destination. The Vikings also boast one of the league's strongest receiving duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum all headed for free agency, the NFC runner-ups will be aggressive in pursuing a quarterback this offseason.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins Not A Target For Browns
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will have many suitors when he becomes a free agent, but the Browns will not be one of them, as Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer does not expect the Browns to be a serious suitor for Cousins. Cousins would fill an obvious need for Cleveland, DeShone Kizer was statistically the league's worst starting quarterback in 2017, but Cabot fears that Cousins could command up to $30 million annually on the open market. The Browns have over $110 million in available cap room, which is more than enough cap room to sign Cousins. However, Cabot still considers the Browns an unlikely match for Cousins given his desire to "win right away." The Browns own two of the top four picks in April's draft and are almost certain to target a franchise quarterback with one of those selections.

10 months ago: Kirk Cousins May Be Franchise Tagged
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is not needed in Washington with the team acquiring Alex Smith, but ESPN's Adam Schefter thinks that the Redskins will "consider" placing the franchise tag on Cousins. The Redskins are committed to Smith as their starting quarterback, but could conceivably tag and Cousins and trade him to a quarterback-needy team for draft picks. This way the Redskins would also have some influence over where Cousins would land rather than letting him hit free agency and sign with a team of his choosing. It is a good idea in theory, but likely would not work, as Cousins could delay signing for weeks or even months with his $34.5 million franchise tender still counting against the team's salary cap. The Redskins would also lose out on a 2019 compensatory pick if they choose to tag Cousins. Ultimately, Cousins will likely hit the open market.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Will Not Be Signed And Traded
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been a buzzworthy player since the team acquired Alex Smith and NBC Sports Washington does not expect the Redskins to "tag-and-trade" free agent Cousins. The Redskins do not own Cousins' rights and would need him to sign a franchise/transition tender to trade him. That would cost Washington at least $29 million in cap space, making it highly unlikely. Cousins is going to hit the free-agent market and has already been linked to the Jets, Broncos, Vikings, and Jaguars. The Redskins will get a 2019 third-round compensatory pick for Cousins.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Would Love To Play For Minnesota
Washington Redskins quaterback Kirk Cousins will be the top free agent and, according to an "incredibly well respected opinion", Cousins would like to play for the Vikings. Paul Allen and Paul Charchian of KFAN in Minnesota were talking to Master Tesfatsion, who wrote for the Washington Post before moving to Bleacher Report, and then got a text message from the aforementioned source. The source said, "Listening to you, I'm told Cousins has been telling people this week the Vikings are #1 with a bullet on his preference list. If offers are similar he's taking the Vikings." There are a ton of holes in this story, beginning with who exactly this "source" is, so all of this needs to be taken with a grain (if not a bottle) of salt. Either way, if Cousins were to land in Minnesota, this would be nice addition, particularly with Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater each as free agents.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Would Be Interested In Broncos
Washington Redskins impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins admitted that he'd be interested in the Denver Broncos on the open market. "I would hope any team is interested in me, would love it if Denver is interested." Cousins said. With Washington trading for Alex Smith this week, Cousins will hit the open market this spring and will be the top player available. Along with Denver, a handful of other teams will be heavily interested in landing Cousins, who will certainly not come cheap. Depending on where he lands, Cousins could remain a strong QB1 option, although his value may never be higher than it was with the 'Skins.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Not On Bills Radar
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is the hottest free agent on the market, but, according to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, the Bills are not expected to pursue impending free agent Kirk Cousins. Despite his success in Washington, the Redskins are letting Cousins walk in favor of Alex Smith, who was acquired from Kansas City in a blockbuster trade earlier this week. Cousins would be an obvious fit for the Bills, who are expected to move on from Tyrod Taylor. However, Cousins is in high demand and may fall out of Buffalo's price range. Coming off their first playoff appearance in 18 years, the Bills have just over $29 million in available cap space.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Linked With Broncos
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will be the hottest free agent on the market and, speaking at the Super Bowl on Wednesday, Broncos OLB Von Miller said, "We need Kirk [Cousins]. I would like to have Kirk."

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins On Jets' Radar
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is gone from Washington with Alex Smith traded to the Redskins and ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini fully expects New York to be "one of the suitors" for Cousins. The Jets have a boat load of cap space -- $73 million and the fourth-most in the league. Their need for a quarterback has been hanging over the team's head seemingly since the Joe Namath days. With Jeremy Bates expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, that puts another feather in the team's cap to make them more attractive to Cousins. Bates is a disciple of the Mike Shanahan offense, the same offense Cousins was drafted into in Washington and excelled at under the Shanahans and then Jay Gruden-Sean McVay. Cousins spoke glowingly of Bates while at the Super Bowl on Tuesday. The Jets won't be his only suitor, however, and whoever wins the bidding war will have to back up the Brinks truck.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Likely Gone For Washington
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is fully expected to hit the open market when the new league year opens March 14 after the team acquired Alex Smith on Tuesday. The Redskins were not going to use the franchise tag on Cousins for the third straight year and be on the hook for a guaranteed $34 million, and signs had begun to point to Cousins leaving D.C. with no interest in a long-term deal from his side of things. Thus, the trade for Smith. Cousins' market figures to be absolutely robust as the best free agent quarterback to hit the open market in years. Expect plenty of teams to be in the running, including the Jets, Cardinals, Jaguars, Browns, Bills, Broncos, Vikings, and whoever else. It is likely Cousins will reset the quarterback market as the highest-paid player at the position when all is said and done.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Not Only Motivated By Price
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins insists money will not be the only thing he considers if he hits the open market. "Is money a part of it? Sure," Cousins admitted. "Is it the only thing? No. It is about winning, and that's what I want more than anything, so I'm going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win." Cousins also reiterated he would gladly play under the franchise tag for the third-straight year were Washington so inclined. Cousins would make $34 million fully guaranteed under the tag. It is unlikely Washington could afford that.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Urged To Be More Aggressive
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent and Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants Cousins to be more aggressive. Unsurprisingly considering he lost DeSean Jackson and was working with several new receivers, Cousins struggled to create big plays in the passing game, but his coach thinks some of the blame lies with the quarterback. "A lot of times he needs to see guys being open instead of throwing guys open from time to time," Gruden said. "Then when you do that, they have to make plays for you. You'll never know until those balls are thrown." If Cousins returns, another offseason of work with Josh Doctson should help, but Washington could improve the situation by adding another weapon on the outside.

11 months ago: Redskins Have Offseason Priorities Aside from Kirk Cousins
Although reaching an agreement to extend quarterback Kirk Cousins is at the forefront of the Washington Redskins offseason focus, they have several other needs that need to be addressed. Beat writer John Keim of ESPN lists running back, left guard and speed at wide receiver as areas that are particularly in need of improvement. With the league year set to turn over in early February, Cousins' future will obviously be the most pivotal issue, but whether the organization succeeds in retaining their QB or not, they have plenty of other needs to address.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Needs To Commit
Impending free agent Kirk Cousins will be one of the hottest names on the free agent market and Redskins coach Jay Gruden suggested he wants the final decision on Cousins' long-term future to be made this offseason. Cousins has played the last two seasons on the franchise tag and conceivably could be tagged again this spring despite what would be an exorbitant price, but Gruden appears ready to get off the roller coaster. "I think something has to be done," Gruden said. "I think you want to have a quarterback in here that's going to be here. And hopefully that is Kirk, and if not, we have to move on and do what we have to do as an organization." Gruden was not at all effusive with his praise for Cousins following the season, but these comments suggest he would support the kind of big-money deal it will take to sign the quarterback long term.

11 months ago: Kirk Cousins Will Take His Time Deciding His Future
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will take his time and consider all possibilities before deciding on whether to sign an extension to stay in Washington or to move on to another team. "We'll take our time. I don't know how it's going to end. Just want to say thank you (to the fans) ... Thank you to the media for covering the team the way you do." Cousins also said that he would accept a third consecutive franchise tag if the Redskins decided on that option, but it does seem like he'd prefer to ink a long-term deal this offseason.

12 months ago: Kirk Cousins Falls Flat In Season Finale
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had an awful game to close out the 2017 season, completing 20 of 37 passes for just 158 yards and three interceptions. He did rush for a 12 yard touchdown, but couldn't get anything going in the passing game. It was the wrong time for Cousins to hit a sour note as he heads into free agency looking for a monster contract. We wouldn't bet on this performance hurting his bottom line too much, but it was definitely a setback for his brand that came at the worst possible time. It was the second straight season that Cousins closed out with a crushing loss to the New York Giants.

12 months ago: Kirk Cousins Firmly In QB1 Mix For Week 17
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins enters Week 17 as the overall QB6 and takes on a Giants team that is allowing the most points to the QB position in 2017. Cousins had fallen off of his QB1 production in the few weeks heading into last week's win over the Denver Broncos, but put up 299 yards passing and three TDs in leading the Redskins to a 27-11 victory. With nothing on the line for either team, Cousins's primary motivation is probably to end the season on a high note before heading into free agency in line to sign a monster contract. We'd bet on that being enough for Cousins to put his best foot forward in the season finale.

12 months ago: Kirk Cousins Turns In QB1 Performance In Week 16
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 37 passes for 299 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in a win over the Denver Broncos. It was his best stat line since he lit up the Saints for 322 and three in Week 11. Cousins has endured a litany of injuries to his offensive line and receiving corps during a down year for the Redskins, but he still sits at QB6 overall for the season and should be considered a mid range QB1 for 2018 regardless of where he lands, whether back in Washington or elsewhere.

12 months ago: Kirk Cousins Trending Down, But Still Startable Week 16
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is the QB7 overall for the 2017 season, but enters Week 16 without a top 12 QB performance in any of his last four games as injuries have taken a toll on the offense, most notably to left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and running back Chris Thompson (ankle). That said, he has shown a very respectable floor in accounting for at least two touchdowns in five of his last six. In a neutral matchup at home against the Denver Broncos, we'd still consider him a borderline QB1, but the ceiling he displayed midseason hasn't been there of late, as he's thrown for 251 yards or less in each of his last four. As he enters free agency in the offseason, motivation won't be an issue, but by now he has pretty much locked up a monster contract, be it from Washington or another team.

12 months ago: Kirk Cousins Has Efficient, Unspectacular Week 15
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 26 passes for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns but did not turn the ball over and took just one sack in a bounce-back performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Cousins did exactly what he needed to do from a real-life perspective to stop the bleeding and end the Redskins losing streak, but he didn't exactly light up the fantasy stat sheet. Playing without perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, we braced ourselves for a slightly down week, so this performance was about on par with expectation. He'll get a tougher Denver defense at home for your fantasy finals. He'll still be a borderline QB1, but we wouldn't blame Cousins owners for taking a peek at the waiver wire for Blake Bortles, Nick Foles or Tyrod Taylor for their fantasy championship game.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Is a Low End QB1 In Week 15
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins gets a good matchup against an Arizona Cardinals team allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing QBs, but is coming off one of his worst performances of the season as he has been trending downward over the past four weeks. Still, there are a few things working in Kirk's favor. The Cardinals have allowed two or more total TDs to seven of the last nine QBs they have faced, excluding only CJ Beathard and Marcus Mariota, and are themselves playing without their top two quarterbacks and their top two running backs in a lost season. On the offensive line, the Redskins also figure to be as healthy as they have been in the last month, with center Chase Roullier looking to make his return from a three-game absence and tackles Morgan Moses and Trent Williams once again likely to suit up. At home against a West coast opponent, we like the Redskins chances of rebounding to put together a nice game on offense and, while you can get away from starting Cousins, be sure that you have a legit QB1 option if you're going to do so.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Falls Flat In Embarrassing Loss
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed just 15 of 27 passes for 151 yards, one touchdown and one interception. It was a tough spot for the entire Redskins offense as they traveled across the country to face a hungry Chargers team playing their best football. Safety DJ Swearinger candidly stated that the Redskins didn't display any urgency in practice during the week with their season essentially over and tackle Trent Williams called for the team to 'find a way to play with pride' down the stretch. We don't doubt Cousins's ability as a quarterback, but with a team that is out of contention and falling apart around him, there is reason to be skeptical that he can continue to be a legit QB1 for the remainder of the season. A Week 15 matchup against the reeling Arizona Cardinals does represent a potential get right spot for Cousins and company, but it's hard to argue that Cousins hasn't been passed by such QBs as Case Keenum, Blake Bortles, and Jared Goff in rest of season viability.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Only a Low End QB1 for Week 14
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins should probably be approached with caution with starting tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses looking questionable at best for Sunday's matchup at the Los Angeles Chargers. Cousins's play has fluctuated pretty consistently with the health of his offensive line and this Sunday is shaping up to be a day in which that unit will be shorthanded. Cousins has been sacked 10 times over his last two games and at least four times in five of his last seven. The Chargers' tough pass rush, led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram could give Cousins all he can handle as they are very much alive in the race for the AFC West division title. Cousins remains in the QB1 conversation, but reasonable alternatives can be considered.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Has Mistake-Filled Night
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 37 passes for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble at the division-rival Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. To be fair, the first interception bounced off of wide receiver Jamison Crowder's hands, and the fumble occurred on the play after the offensive line lost starter Morgan Moses to injury. The pick that served as Cousins' nightcap occurred in desperation comeback mode down three scores with about five minutes to play, but the turnovers certainly hurt the fantasy bottom line. Cousins has been a rock-solid midrange QB1 for most of the season, but his rough outings have corresponded predictably with the games in which the Redskins offensive line has been most banged up. Now sitting at 5-7 already having lost center Spencer Long and guard Shawn Lauvao to Injured Reserve, losing Moses to a knee injury last night means there's little reason for offensive tackle Trent Williams to continue to fight through his own knee injury. A patchwork offensive line could be the norm for Cousins and the Redskins going forward. We'd still call Cousins a QB1, but he might be on the lower end of that label going forward.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Is a QB1 for Thursday Night Football
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins takes on a Dallas defense on Thursday night that was absolutely demolished by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to the tune of 434 yards and three touchdowns on Thanksgiving. Likely getting offensive tackle Trent Williams (knee) back from injury after an almost two-week layoff, Cousins should return to his QB1 ways. Cousins has been nothing short of elite in the last half-dozen games in which he had something close to his entire offensive line healthy.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Shakes Off Slow Start, Throws Pair of TDs
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns, also throwing an interception, returned for a TD by Janoris Jenkins. The Redskins offense couldn't get much going in the first half, as the Giants picked up where they left off in holding Alex Smith and the Chiefs out of the end zone a week ago, but Kirk got it going to Jamison Crowder in the second half, tossing a 15-yard TD to Crowder in the third quarter and capping off his night with a 14-yard score to Josh Doctson in the fourth. Once again down three starting offensive linemen, Kirk didn't post one of his usual stud fantasy totals, but he's still a QB1 going forward.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins a Top-5 QB Play On Thanksgiving
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins gets a Giants defense on Thursday night that's giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Depending on format, Cousins is either QB4 or QB5 for the season to date despite a pair of down fantasy games that were easily attributable to the absence of 80% of his starting offensive line in Weeks 8 and 9. While the GMen did hold Alex Smith without a touchdown in a Week 11 win over the Chiefs, that may have had just as much to do with the sustained winds of ~25 mph on Sunday as it did with their defensive effort. Now at home on a short week, Cousins should easily have the edge in this matchup.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Has Another Elite Fantasy Day
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 32 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the Saints. It was his fourth game in his last six in which he exceeded 300 yards passing and accounted for exactly three total TDs. In the two down games over that span, he was playing with only one out of five of his regular starting offensive linemen. He's the overall QB2 for the week entering the Sunday night game and is a borderline top 5 option going forward.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Back In Game
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (head) has returned to the game after being evaluated for a concussion.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Being Evaluated for Possible Concussion
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is being looked at for a possible concussion after a hard hit near the sideline as he attempted to scramble for a first down. We'll wait for further word, but we could see Colt McCoy.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Still a Locked-In QB1 Play
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, despite what has become a daunting matchup on paper at New Orleans, should still be viewed easily within the top-10 among QBs in Week 11. After disappointing in Weeks 8 & 9 behind an absolutely decimated offensive line, Cousins lit up the Vikings tough defense in Week 10 for an overall QB2 finish, and is the overall QB8 for the season. The fact that his performance rebounded so nicely in the game in which Washington returned all of their missing pieces on the O-Line is no coincidence. The Redskins/Saints matchup boasts the second highest over/under of any game on the slate this week and, as a 7.5 point underdog, Washington will likely spend all 60 minutes in favorable game script for Cousins and the passing game.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Goes Off In Week 10
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was the overall QB1 in most formats against Minnesota heading into Monday night's action, completing 26 of 45 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown, and adding a pair of rushing scores. The big blemish was an ugly interception that sailed well over the head of Jamison Crowder. What a difference a healthy offensive line makes. The Redskins had been down four starters on the offensive line for each of the last two weeks, but had their full complement of starters for a Week 10 loss to Minnesota. With a healthy team around him, there's no reason to expect him to be anything less than a QB1 going forward.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Could Have Most of his O-Line Back for Week 10
Washington Redskins guards Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff and center Spencer Long have returned to practice Thursday in a limited fashion after missing each of the last two weeks with injuries. Tackle Trent Williams is the lone starter on the offensive line that is listed as out. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has really struggled playing without 80 percent of the starters along the offensive line over the last two games, but he managed to lead the Redskins to an improbable road win at Seattle in Week 9 despite all of the injuries. While Lauvao, Scherff, and Long are all likely to be listed as questionable heading into Week 10's matchup with Minnesota, it's clear Cousins's line is getting healthier. He's still a back end QB1 for now, but depending on Friday's injury report, we might be able to start him more confidently this week even in a tough matchup on paper against Minnesota, currently giving up the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Once Again Won't Have Healthy O-Line
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play Week 9's game without Shawn Lauvao (out), Trent Williams (doubtful), Spencer Long (doubtful) and possibly Brandon Scherff (questionable). Tight ends Jordan Reed (out) and Niles Paul (out) will also miss Sunday's matchup at Seattle. At wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor is the healthiest he has been in the last three weeks and Josh Doctson got in a full week of practice, but Week 8's biggest contributor Jamison Crowder missed three straight practices and is likely on the doubtful side of his questionable tag. There are so many things working against Cousins that the only thing keeping him on the fringe of the QB1 radar in Week 9 is the poor slate of streaming options with six teams on bye. He's pretty easy to get away from this week if you have another reasonable option.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Struggles Behind Depleted Line
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 39 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble against the Cowboys in Week 8. It wasn't an especially difficult matchup on paper except for that the Redskins entered the game down three starters on the offensive line. Guard Shawn Lauvao became the fourth casualty among O-line starters when he also left early and wasn't able to return. The Redskins also lost two of their three tight ends to injury during the contest as Niles Paul was evaluated for a possible concussion after a vicious collision blocking for Rob Kelley's TD run and Vernon Davis came up with a gimpy. The end result was a dismal day for the offense as a whole and a bad, but not utterly disastrous performance from Cousins.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins a QB1 Despite O-Line Injuries
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins faces a Dallas defense that is giving up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing QBs. While four out of five starters along the offensive line sat out Thursday's practice, it's still too cute to get away from Cousins, as he has accounted for a combined 11 TDs against just 2 picks and no fumbles over his last four games. He's also exceeded 300 yards passing in three of those four contests. Furthermore, Washington has just three rushing TDs on the season, and one was scored by Cousins himself. The other two were scored by Chris Thompson who also has three receiving TDs. Captain Kirk is going to have a hand in the overwhelming majority of the scoring for the Redskins offense. He's arguably a top 5 QB going forward, including Week 8.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Efficient In Losing Effort At Philly
For the third time in his last four games, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for over 300 yards and logged three total TDs. Completing 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards and three scores on Monday night, Kirk Cousins currently sits at sixth place among QBs in fantasy points per game. He also chipped in 18 yards rushing on three carries and threw an interception on a play in which he was hit as he threw in last night's contest. Moreover, since his disappointing start to the season, Kirk is once again proving to be one of the most consistent QBs in fantasy with finishes of QB6, QB12, QB1, and QB7 in his last four games played. He's a set and forget, must start option going forward.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Has Another Nice Matchup At Philly
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will face a Philadelphia Eagles defense that is surrendering the 12th most fantasy points to opposing QBs. For the third straight year, Kirk struggled out of the gate with finishes of QB22 and QB24 in his first two games, but he has rebounded nicely per usual, with finishes of QB6, QB12, and QB1 since. He's an easy QB1 play this week against the Eagles still banged-up secondary.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Dominant In Week 6 Win Over 49ers
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 37 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, adding 26 yards and a touchdown on four carries. In a light week for offense, Kirk's day stood as the overall QB1 performance for the week entering Monday night's action. While Kirk did throw a bad interception that helped to fuel a 49ers comeback bid, it was his first turnover since Week 1. With Aaron Rodgers down for the count, Kirk is arguably a top five fantasy QB going forward. It's worth noting that with as dominant as Kirk has been, he has still gotten next to nothing out of the wide receiver position as no Redskins WR has exceeded 70 yards in a game all season. Ryan Grant led all Redskins WRs in yardage on Sunday with 39 yards on three catches. If the outside receivers ever click, Cousins could post even gaudier numbers.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Carves Up The Raiders
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was surgically efficient during Week 3's win over the Raiders, completing 25 of 30 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. With a clunker in Week 1, a mistake-free, but fantasy unfriendly Week 2, and a dominant Week 3, Cousins has improved in each successive start. As good as Cousins was tonight, the Redskins still haven't completely hit their stride in the deep passing game as Cousins made most of his yards on short passes with lots of run-after-catch from his receivers, with the notable exception of a long bomb to second-year wide receiver Josh Doctson. Cousins should be viewed as a QB1 going forward as he still has room to improve as the season progresses.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Still a QB1 In Week 3?
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been one of several consensus top 12 fantasy QBs to struggle through the season's first two weeks, but will look for a big bounce-back against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday Night Football. Fantasy owners face a legitimate dilemma in Week 3, as they likely consider upstarts such as Carson Wentz and Trevor Siemian over presumptive fantasy starters like Cousins, Russell Wilson, and Marcus Mariota, all off to slow fantasy starts to the season. In Cousins's case at least, it should be borne in mind that Sunday night's game between the Redskins and Raiders has drawn Vegas's highest over/under of the week at 54.5 as of this writing. Cousins and company don't figure to have the luxury of running the ball 39 times against the Raiders as they did last week at Los Angeles. In a prime get right spot, Kirk Cousins doesn't deserve to be demoted to the streamer class of QBs just yet. Fire him up as a QB1 with 40+ pass attempts a reasonable expectation.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Confident Offense Will Improve
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is still very confident that the Redskins will get it going offensively. "I would like to think that as the year goes on the offense gets better and better," Cousins said Wednesday. "Hopefully we take those steps going forward and we just hit our stride and play much better than we have the first two weeks." The mistake-filled and sluggish preseason that the Redskins offense experienced has carried into the seasons first two weeks, at least as far as the passing game is concerned. We heard Pryor talking about how he's going to have a "dominant season" beginning with Week 3's Sunday night contest against the Raiders, and now it appears Kirk Cousins and head coach Jay Gruden are echoing that sentiment. We probably had no right to expect the Redskins to come out of the gate playing as well as they did last year, having lost offensive coordinator Sean McVay and top two receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. In spite of Cousins's pedestrian start to the fantasy season, it's important to remember that he has been a top 8 fantasy option each of the last two seasons. He is a nice buy low candidate and definitely someone to pounce on if he was cut loose in your league.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Plays Mistake Free Football For Pedestrian Fantasy Line
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 27 passes for 179 yards, and just one touchdown, but he did not turn the ball over in a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was a flipped script from last week as the Redskins jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and were able to lean on the running game. In all, Redskins ball carriers combined for 39 totes for 229 yards against former offensive coordinator Sean McVay's team. Better fantasy days will be ahead for Kirk Cousins, but he had the luxury of playing game manager today in a much-needed road win.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins To Face Former Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay Sunday
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will be facing a Rams team coached by his former offensive coordinator Sean McVay on Sunday. When asked whether his team would be at a disadvantage because of how well McVay knows his game plan, head coach Jay Gruden said "no not at all." Gruden went on to say that he is also very familiar with McVay's offense. Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams absolutely dominated the hapless Colts in Week 1 and appear to be in a good spot to keep it going, getting all-pro DT Aaron Donald back, and facing the coach's former QB. Cousins struggled mightily in the Redskins home opener against the Eagles. You could be forgiven for downgrading all Redskins skill players until they prove they are over their preseason woes on offense. Cousins is only a borderline QB1 for Week 2.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Has Miserable Season Opener Vs The Eagles
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 40 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also lost two fumbles, including the one that ostensibly ended the game, down by 5 with under two minutes to play. The game losing fumble simply should have been called an incomplete pass, but there's no reason to sugar coat the outing. The entire offense looked just as out-of-sync as they did during preseason. With a new offensive coordinator and some new weapons to be integrated into the offense, perhaps the Redskins will have an adjustment period before they start clicking. The Redskins had a similarly embarrassing opening week a year ago in a Monday Night contest against the Steelers and still managed to finish as a top 5 offensive unit.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Looks To Rebound From "Backbreaker" Season Finale A Year Ago
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is anxious to get on the field and redeem himself for his lackluster performance and season-ending interception in Week 17 of the 2016 season. Cousins's second pick of the game against the New York Giants ended the Redskins season and Kirk knew he had made a poor choice: "There were so many other things I could have done in that situation — first and 10, 10 yards from field goal range, all we needed was a field goal to tie," Cousins recalled, "But I wanted the touchdown, being that it's first and 10, with plenty of time on the clock. There was absolutely no need to throw a ball into a tighter window. Even if you had thrown it more accurately, it's still too tight to risk what could happen. So that's a classic mistake." On tap for Week 1 of 2017 is a date against the Eagles, a team that Cousins has routinely dominated in his young career, amassing 12 TD passes and just three picks in five career starts against Philly en route to a 4-1 record. Starting the season with a chip on his shoulder, Cousins can be confidently started as a QB1.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Still Has Room To Improve
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is working on improving his pre-snap reads and head coach Jay Gruden hopes Cousins can call his own plays in the two-minute offense in 2017. Specifically, Cousins wants to become more adept at being able to optimize pass protection on the fly. "It's just more a mastery of do we want to redirect the protection or audible to a different protection," Cousins said. "If to a different protection, which protection is that? I have a better understanding of, is my tight end in the core? Is he available to use in the protection? Is he removed? Singled out to where I can't bring him in related to the play clock? That's an awareness level that as a young player, you're not thinking about. That's not 100-level stuff. That's further down the road. I've been trying to get better at that. Every coach has a different philosophy." As rocky as the 2017 preseason has been for Cousins and company, there's no denying the production of the last two years. With his full complement of weapons in the passing game healthy and ready to go for Week 1, Cousins will look to reprise his top 5 finish at the QB position from 2016. Up first is a date against the Eagles, against whom Cousins has thrown 12 touchdown passes in just five career starts.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Has Another Pedestrian Preseason Showing
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 10 of 19 passes for 109 yards, including an interception that Vontaze Burfict returned 62 yards for a score. If it hadn't been for a fourth-down score to Jamison Crowder last week, in what would have been an obvious kicking situation in a regular season game, Cousins would've finished the preseason without throwing a TD pass. It wasn't all bad, as Cousins did lead a second-quarter drive that was capped off by a one-yard rushing TD by Rob Kelley, but head coach Jay Gruden said the offense has to play with greater urgency during the regular season opener against the Eagles. As optimistic as most of the fantasy community has been that Cousins and the offense would be able to adjust to the losses of wide receivers Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, Cousins' naysayers have a lot of mediocre preseason tape that challenges that narrative. Cousins is still a QB1, but the 2017 preseason has been forgettable.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins, First-Team Offense Not Sharp Once Again
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 14 of 23 passes for 144 yards, including a four-yard touchdown to Jamison Crowder on Saturday night. The final stat line looks better than the performance. The Packers' first-team called it a day before the end of the first quarter while Cousins and company played the entire first half, finally scoring during a two-minute drill on a fourth-down play. Head coach Jay Gruden said his QB was dealing with "rust and getting used to new receivers." It doesn't make too much sense to overreact to a couple of bad preseason showings. After two solid QB1 seasons, Cousins deserves some benefit of the doubt, but it is fair to wonder if he'll hit the ground running in Week 1 of the regular season.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Wants To Remain In Washington Despite Consecutive Franchise Tags
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins told ESPN's Sal Paoloantonio he'd like to remain with Washington for the rest of his career: "I would love to be . . . a Redskin the rest of my career... When you look at the best of the best, those quarterbacks played with one team. And if you point to a couple guys who didn't, who changed teams, it really was against their will: I think if Joe Montana or Peyton Manning had their way they would have stayed where they had won Super Bowls and played so well. They wouldn't have played so well. So my desire is to stay with one team my entire career, and that would be Washington." It could be seen as a sign of disrespect that Washington has failed to sign Cousins to a long-term deal in either of the last two offseasons, but the franchise tags the team used in 2016 and 2017 have been worth almost $44 million combined. It remains to be seen if Washington will step up to the plate and offer Cousins as much money as he will undoubtedly command on the open market, barring a spectacular disappointment in 2017. Still, if you believe him, Cousins is leaving the door open for a continued, amicable relationship as the team's offensive centerpiece. His future is far from settled, but Cousins remains a locked-in QB1 in 2017 after finishing in the top eight at the position in consecutive seasons.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins, Washington First-Team Offense, Does Little In Preseason Opener
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed just one of two passes for five yards in consecutive three-and-outs before giving way to the second-team offense. The Ravens defensive front dominated the Washington offensive line, also logging a sack on Cousins. Head coach Jay Gruden mentioned that the plan was for the offense to play about six snaps. It's worth mentioning that Cousins was without two of three "starting" wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson, who are both nursing hamstring injuries. Tight end Jordan Reed (toe) also sat out. There's no need to panic over one very short glimpse at the Redskins offense, but it would certainly inspire more confidence if they were able to get something going next Saturday against Green Bay. Cousins should be a midrange QB1 target in fantasy drafts.

1 year ago: Jordan Reed Makes Kirk Cousins Better
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has a combined 121.4 passer rating when he's targeted tight end Jordan Reed on 201 attempts. The duo has combined for 153 catches and 17 touchdowns. Reed is an elite fantasy tight end, but the fact that he has yet to play a full 16-game season is a bit worrisome as your top tight end in the early rounds. However, when on the field and healthy, it's hard to argue that Reed is right up there with Rob Gronkowski as the best overall tight end in the NFL.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins, Redskins Fail To Reach Long-Term Extension
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and the team failed to reach a long-term deal by the deadline Monday, but the Redskins made a five-year extension offer worth less than $110 million, according to a source. President Bruce Allen said that Cousins and his agent made it clear they'd rather go on a year-to-year basis. Cousins will play 2017 under the $23.9 million franchise tag and becomes the only QB in NFL history to carry the franchise tag two straight seasons. Tagging Cousins a third straight year would cost Washington $35 million, so he's likely to hit the open market and go elsewhere in 2018. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Cousins' former offensive coordinator, is expected to make a big push to lure Cousins away from D.C. next year. The quarterback has proven each of the last two years that he's among the better signal callers in the league, and he should be drafted as a legitimate QB1 in fantasy.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Expected To Play Under Tag
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to play under the franchise tag for the second straight season after the team's most recent offer didn't come close to his expectations, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Washington's offer in May exceeded their previous offer of an average around $20 million per year, but only the first two years of the contract were fully guaranteed. The five-year offer was also well short of Cousins' existing franchise tag price. Cousins and the club have differing long-term opinions on his worth, but this doesn't come as a new surprise. As a result, Cousins will become a free agent once again in 2018 and is likely to leave town. He'll remain a potent QB1 in 2017 despite the losses of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the passing game.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Unlikely To Reach Long-Term Deal
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is unlikely to reach a long-term contract extension with the team before the deadline next Monday, in the opinion of ESPN.com's John Keim. Nobody close to Cousins is showing optimism that a deal will get done, and there is no guarantee that Cousins would sign a deal if the Redskins presented him with one. Keim continues to say that a deal is a long shot. The former Michigan State product has proven his worth as a QB1 the last two seasons and should remain one in 2017 despite the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Washington still has plenty of weapons in the passing game. Believe it or not, Cousins finished as the fifth most valuable fantasy QB in 2016.

1 year ago: Kirk Cousins Extension A Long Shot
There is an improved tone in the talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins on a long-term contract extension, but a long-term deal remains a long shot before the deadline July 17, according to sources. Even after losing receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, Cousins remains a legitimate QB1 for fantasy owners after he finished fifth at the position last season. The Michigan State alum still has plenty of weapons in the passing game and is likely to be playing for another deal in 2018.

2 years ago: Improved Tone In Kirk Cousins Contract Talks
There has been an improved, encouraging tone in contract talks between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to league sources. However, that doesn't necessarily mean the sides will agree on a long-term deal by the deadline July 15. Owner Daniel Snyder has gotten involved in the talks and has made it known that he wants to re-sign Cousins. President Bruce Allen and Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, also had their first face-to-face meeting during the owners meetings in two years. Cousins' production as the starter the last two years in D.C. proves he's worthy of a new contract, and he'll remain a potent QB1 despite losing receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency in the offseason.

2 years ago: Redskins Could Tag Kirk Cousins For Third Time
Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen didn't rule out the team franchise tagging quarterback Kirk Cousins for a third straight season if they are unable to work out a long-term contract by the deadline July 15. Cousins would cost $34 million in 2018 under another franchise tag, but a non-exclusive tag would make more sense. Washington has already made history by tagging Cousins two years in a row. The Redskins are clearly not comfortable retaining Cousins long term yet, even though he has broken out and topped 4,000 yards each of the last two seasons. Despite losing two of his top receiving targets to free agency in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon this offseason, Cousins still has plenty of weapons and should be able to put up respectable midrange QB1 numbers in 2017.

2 years ago: Kirk Cousins In A Good Place In Regards To Contract Situation
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins thinks he's "in a good place right now" entering his second straight year playing under the franchise tag. Head coach Jay Gruden is hopeful the team will reach a long-term deal with Cousins before the July 15 deadline. Cousins has been one of the better all-around quarterbacks in the league the last two seasons, and he should continue to put up big numbers through the air as a low-end QB1.