You may have noticed: quite a lot has been happening in NFL free agency! There figure to be a few more things to shake out during free agency, but we probably have enough details sorted out to start assessing the damage. This subject will need a series of articles – at least two editions – given the volume of events, but we'll try to take down the biggest birds with the stones we have at the moment. Check in tomorrow for evaluations of signings like Paul Richardson, Jordy Nelson, Michael Crabtree, etc.
Instead of addressing the signings by position, we'll take inventory by an ostensible descending order of headline significance. I can't get to everything in this one, but we'll see to it in the upcoming few days.
Kirk Cousins to Minnesota
Cousins made waves not just for the huge sum of his contract, but especially the fact that it's fully guaranteed. With the rate of inflation at quarterback comparable to the yearly increases in the salary cap, it's difficult to argue that Minnesota's decision was anything but sensible, unprecedented as their methods might be for the moment. For a team with as much talent and depth as Minnesota, they don't need Cousins to be a world beater to win a Super Bowl. At the same time, there wasn't likely to be a comparable quarterback option within their reach before the close of their competitive window. I was once a Cousins skeptic but I believe in him