Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor will visit the Seahawks on Sunday, a league source told cleveland.com.
First, he isn’t a top-tier quarterback. Based solely on ability and past production, Cousins is comfortably in the top half of NFL starting quarterbacks, but there are probably 8-10 better players at the position. The number is debatable, but his placement in the second tier of quarterbacks is not. He’s being paid like the best.
Second, he’s acquiring huge expectations. The Vikings just won 13 games and advanced to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum–a backup behind Sam Bradford to start the 2017 season–under center. It’s Super Bowl or bust in Minnesota. The Redskins never won more than nine games with Cousins during his three seasons as the starter.
Third, there’s no realistic way out. Guaranteeing the whole contract means the Vikings are stuck with Cousins through 2020. Minnesota has no way of getting out of the situation without spiraling into salary-cap hell.
Fourth, the future. The Vikings have done an excellent job managing the health of their salary cap, but the team will have some big contract decisions to make on important players on defense in the near future (see: Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, etc.). Minnesota can afford no mistakes on the cap with Cousins taking up a big chunk.
All that said, the risk is worth it for the Vikings, who might be a good quarterback away from winning a Super Bowl. He could simultaneously be the riskiest signing and the best signing.
Archer adds that this could be the first of a number of visits for Scandrick.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Scandrick to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2019 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason.
A spokeswoman for McCabe, Melissa Schwartz, didn’t immediately rule out a job with one of the most liberal members of Congress, which might only need to last for a day or so for him to get his full retirement benefits: “We are considering all options.”
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) tweeted that he’d consider hiring McCabe, too.
It’s not immediately clear if getting fired from the FBI on a Friday and going to work on Capitol Hill on a Monday would solve McCabe’s problems for certain, though at least one former federal official with knowledge of retirement rules says it probably would.