MINNEAPOLIS - It's looking more and more like Kirk Cousins will become the next Vikings quarterback.
Cousins' facts: Turns 30 in August. Is married, went to Michigan State, was drafted by Washington and spent six seasons there.
So, what's he done to (reportedly) get $28 million a year?
In his three years as a full-time starter, Cousins is third in the NFL in completion percentage and sixth in passer rating, with those numbers comparing to Aaron Rodgers. Over that same span, Cousins is averaging 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 4,400 yards a season.
The last Vikings quarterback to throw for 4,400 yards was Daunte Culpepper in 2004.
But how did Cousins get those numbers? Because it matters.
Pro Football Focus tracks every throw a quarterback makes, then breaks it all down into a number of categories, including: adjusted completion percentage, throws versus the blitz, good throws, bad throws, distance of passes, and throws against pressure.
PFF's data ranked Kirk Cousins as the 13th-best quarterback in 2015, 9th in 2016, but 20th last year... 11 spots behind Case Keenum. The same Case Keenum who went 11-3 as the Vikings starter, bringing the team to within one win of the Super Bowl.
Of course, Keenum was helped by the Vikings' top-ranked defense, while Cousins was forced into more shoot-outs given Washington's defense ranked 28th, 28th, and 21st during his three seasons. Cousins' record during that time: 24-23-1.