"Will only confirm they'll get the first visit", McCartney told the Pioneer Press.
The Vikings are banking on this being his last trip, too. Keenum's unlikely turn as the Vikings' starter - during which he passed for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns while leading the team to the NFC Championship Game - created a market for him in free agency.
Washington will not face the Vikings during the 2018 regular season. They also have an explosive pass-catching running back (Dalvin Cook), a top red zone scoring threat (tight end Kyle Rudolph) and a host of other options that include Jarius Wright, Latavius Murray and David Morgan.
Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday. "I think it's a pretty short checklist". What I've seen is obviously there are some things that he'd admit that he'd want to take back. Over the last three seasons, he's averaged 4,392 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 touchdowns. Last year's starter, Case Keenum, the quarterback who stepped in for an injured Sam Bradford early in the 2017 season, is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency officially opens Wednesday afternoon.
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But by the time the free-agent negotiating window did open, Elway had settled on Keenum.
Cousins, a fourth-round pick of Washington in 2012, played under the franchise tag the past two years. That season, his second in the league, he earned a Pro Bowl nod after a strong season through the air and on the ground. The Vikings have otherwise been finding stopgap solutions since moving on from 2011 first-round draft pick Christian Ponder. Bridgewater, of course, has spent his entire career in Minnesota. In stepped Keenum, whose breakout year led the Vikings to a 13-3 record and Zimmer's first win in the playoffs.
Now, there are obviously some risks in bringing in Cousins. Among those moves is expected to be the signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins.
If negotiations hit a snag, there would be no clear backup plan in place for the Vikings.
The Giants don't appear to be extremely interested in a quarterback at this point (although that could be a smokescreen), the Browns are (probably) only taking one quarterback, the Colts could trade out but if they stay will not take one and the Broncos just signed Case Keenum.