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Team can officially sign free agents tomorrow, but it looks like the Minnesota Vikings have found their quarterback according to reports.

If this deal becomes official, it is a very good move for the Vikings. Since Fran Tarkenton, they have not had much luck in finding a long-term quarterback. Tommy Kramer was a good, but not great long-term option. Daunte Culpepper looked he was going to be their guy for years to come, but he struggled without Randy Moss and later tore three knee ligaments. He career with the Vikings was then over.

Tarvaris Jackson and Christian Ponder did not pan out.

Teddy Bridgewater looked he could be their guy, but suffered a torn ACL and dislocated knee before the start of the 2016 season. He may never be the same again.

The Vikings have not made it to the Super Bowl in 41 years, which was when Tarkenton was their quarterback. Coincidence? No. The quarterback play has not been the only reason for the drought but definitely a big factor. Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham and Brett Favre were very good short-term solutions.

The Vikings went 13-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a career backup in Case Keenum. Cousins does not guarantee that they will go further given how unpredictable the league is and how tough their schedule currently looks, but adding Cousins to an offense that already has Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook and an improved offensive line is definitely something to get excited about. The Vikings also have a very good defense, which is something that Cousins has never had.

Cousins has been the Redskins full-time starter the past three years and has thrown 81 touchdowns and 36 interceptions during those years. He also threw for over 4,000 yards in each of those years.

Is he going to cost more than he is worth? Yes, but that is the market for quarterbacks. It is also not too often that quarterback of Cousins’ caliber are available. This team is built to win now and Cousins gives them the best chance.

Could Cousins also make it tougher to re-sign Diggs, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter? Yes, but it won’t be impossible. The Vikings have done a great job managing the salary cap the past 15 years. Even if they are not able to keep all four, they should still be able to keep three of them.

Keenum did a good job last year, but could turn out to be a one year wonder, especially without Pat Shurmur as his offensive coordinator. Sam Bradford is very talented, but he may not play much longer due to his knee issues.

Each of the Vikings starters of the past three years look to have all found new homes too.

Free agency has only just begun. It will be very interesting to see what the Vikings do next.

You can follow Ali Siddiqui on Twitter @asiddiqui15 and @SPOT_Vikings for Vikings news and updates.

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