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Kirk Cousins ‘WILL hit free agency’ with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback ‘set to begin discussions with the Atlanta Falcons as soon as the tampering window opens’

Cousins leaving Minnesota appears likely after six seasons with the franchiseThe Falcons have not been shy about their desires to acquire a new quarterbackDailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news 

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will reportedly enter free agency and begin ‘discussions’ with the Atlanta Falcons at 12 p.m., when the legal tampering window opens. 

NFL teams can begin negotiating contracts with players at 12 p.m. Monday that will be unrestricted free agents once the new league year starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Cousins cannot sign a contract with a new team until then. 

The 35-year-old Cousins has been the Vikings starting quarterback since 2018 after a six-year stay with the then-Redskins. 

Atlanta is viewed as a destination for quarterbacks looking for a new starting opportunity this offseason. 

The Falcons have been linked with acquiring Bears quarterback Justin Fields for months as the Bears hold the No 1 pick in next month’s NFL Draft and could select former Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams first.  

Kirk Cousins time as the Vikings starting quarterback may be over as he enters free agency

At 35, Cousins is likely trying to get one more big contract before his football career ends

At 35, Cousins is likely trying to get one more big contract before his football career ends

Cousins status in Minnesota was more up in the air than most expected this time last year despite the former Michigan State star’s age. 

Before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 8 of last season, Cousins was listed among early MVP candidates with 2,331 yards passing and 18 touchdowns. 

In his time as the Vikings starter, Cousins only won one playoff game in 2019. 

Before coming to Minnesota, Cousins’ six years in Washington were headlined by the franchise never committing to him as the long-term starter, placing him under the franchise tag for his last two years with the team. 

Cousins was drafted three rounds after Robert Griffin III was selected by Washington during the 2012 NFL Draft, with Cousins serving as the former Heisman Trophy winner’s backup for his first three NFL seasons. 

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