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While Kirk Cousins was on his way to visit http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/jamize-olawale-jersey , the Minnesota Vikings were moving swiftly toward securing a potential backup.

According to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, the Vikings were working on a trade Wednesday with the Denver Broncos to acquire quarterback Trevor Siemian. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by NFL Media, was not final.

Cousins, meanwhile, arrived on a private plane with his wife and infant son before heading downtown for dinner with team officials with all signs pointing to a deal as the new league year began.

Siemian would give the Vikings a capable backup who started 24 games for the Broncos over the last two seasons, with the free agent Cousins the team’s primary target. As the Vikings watched quarterbacks Case Keenum (Denver), Sam Bradford (Arizona) and Teddy Bridgewater (New York) all join other teams as the new league year began, they were running out of options on a market that began with an unusually high amount of accomplished quarterbacks but quickly dried up amid the opening flurry. The Jets not only brought in Bridgewater, they re-signed veteran Josh McCown, too.

The Broncos juggled between Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch last season and split the position in 2016 between Siemian and Lynch. Siemian, who was drafted by Denver in 2015 in the seventh round out of Northwestern http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/allen-hurns-jersey , has a 79.9 career passer rating with 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions over the last two years. He was never the favored candidate, but he climbed his way to the top of the depth chart after Peyton Manning’s retirement and gave the rebuilding club some decent performances despite some struggles.

The Vikings also still have Kyle Sloter, a prospect they signed last September after he was cut in training camp by the Broncos. They even elevated him to the active roster last season to make sure they could keep him, while Bradford was sidelined with a knee injury and Keenum was thriving as the unexpected starter.

Twin Cities television stations staked out the small airport where the Cousins family landed with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and the restaurant for footage of Cousins, the 29-year-old who also pushed himself up the pecking order with Washington after being drafted in the fourth round in 2012 behind second overall pick Robert Griffin III. Cousins has topped 4,000 passing yards in each of the last three seasons and, despite not owning a single victory in the playoffs, became the most valuable player on this year’s free agent market given his age, durability and accomplishments. ESPN reported Tuesday that Cousins will sign a fully guaranteed $84 million contract that spans three years, but his agent said no decision had been made yet.

If the deal gets done as expected and Cousins stays healthy through the preseason, he’ll represent the sixth different quarterback start Minnesota’s season opener in six years.

The Vikings also let versatile running back Jerick McKinnon leave Wednesday for San Francisco and backup cornerback Tramaine Brock sign with Denver. Nine more of their players became unrestricted free agents, with kicker Kai Forbath, cornerback Terence Newman and punt returner Marcus Sherels atop the list of players likely to return. Guard Joe Berger has not yet decided whether to continue his career for a 14th season or retire.

FRISCO Womens Kevin White Jersey , Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott won’t be running off to federal court the week of the season opener the way he did last year, when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys was fighting the NFL’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

While the 2016 NFL rushing leader knew he would suit up for the first game last year as the case played out in court, he had no idea beyond that. This time, there’s no question about Elliott’s availability after Sunday’s trip to Carolina.

“I would never say last year I wasn’t engaged with the game,” he said Wednesday. “It is a lot more stress free, though. I would say that.”

Elliott triggered a handful of questions about his motivation after offering the “chip on my shoulder” cliche. One question boiled down to this: Was he trying to prove he’s the best back in the NFL?

“That’s exactly it,” said Elliott, who led the league in yards rushing per game last season while finally serving the suspension starting at the halfway point. “I want to prove I’m the best back in the game. That’s what my focus this offseason was.”

Elliott didn’t play a snap in the preseason for the first time in his three years as a pro. He says he’s ready anyway. Right guard Zack Martin says all anyone needed to do was watch Elliott in training camp in California.

“Something just feels different,” Martin said. “I think he’s ready for a big year.”

The Cowboys are counting on it. Quarterback Dak Prescott, Elliott’s fellow rookie standout two years ago, has a revamped group of receivers after the departures of 15-year tight end Jason Witten and franchise touchdown receptions leader Dez Bryant.

Dallas isn’t making any secret over feeding off the player known for his “feed me” gesture every time he gets a first down. It doesn’t seem to matter to the Cowboys — or Elliott — how many defenders will be close to the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped.

“I mean, we’ve faced eight, nine Womens Kyle Palmieri Jersey , 10-man fronts every week since I got here,” Elliott said. “I don’t know how many more guys they can throw in the box. Yeah, there’s going to be more focus, I believe, on me. I just don’t understand how you could say we’re going to throw more guys in the box. There’s only 11 guys on the field.”

Elliott’s legal drama played out almost week to week last season. During the week before his final game before the suspension, he was forced to be away from the team for several days until getting a legal reprieve two days before the Cowboys beat Kansas City.

“There was a lot of stuff going around in his life that he had to deal with,” coach Jason Garrett said. “For the most part when he was here he was pretty locked in and did what he needed to do. Now that it’s behind him, you just see him that much more focused, that much more ready to go.”

Even with the suspension, Elliott has the most yards rushing through two seasons (2,614) for a franchise that once featured all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith and another Hall of Famer in Tony Dorsett.

There are questions about the offensive line with center Travis Frederick battling a condition that has sidelined him indefinitely, and a rookie starter at left guard in second-round pick Connor Williams.

All the more reason for Elliott to apply the focus he tried to carry throughout the offseason.

“How that carries it over to the field, how that helps the field Joe Looney Jersey , is when I get out there, I’ve taken all the mental reps I need to,” Elliott said. “I’ve taken all the physical reps I need to. Mentally, I know my assignment, I know my landmarks, I know my pace. It’s like when I get in the game, I’ve been there before.”

And this year, he plans on being there the whole time.

“I’m young,” Elliott said. “Got fresh legs. There’s no pacing. Every week in the NFL matters. If they want to give it to me 30, 35 times a game, I’ll take that.”
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