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SPORTS Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The Vikings are in the market for a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2018. Kirk Cousins signed a four-year, 180-million-dollar contract with the Atlanta Falcons yesterday, just a few months after telling reporters that his next contract wouldn't be about the dollars. Cousins spent six seasons with the Vikings, but he only led the team to the playoffs twice and finished with only one playoff win. He passed for 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions before tearing his Achilles in Week Eight. The Vikings also signed QB Sam Darnold to a 1 year deal.

Aaron Jones, one day after being released by the Green Bay Packers, is expected to sign a one-year, $7 million deal with the rival Minnesota Vikings, his agents told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Vikings are bolstering their defense. The Purple added edge rushers Jonathan Greenard and Andrew Van Ginkel along with linebacker Blake Cashman in free agency yesterday. Greenard is coming off a 12-and-a-half sack season in Houston, and his deal is worth 76-million dollars over four years, while Van Ginkel had six sacks and an interception with Miami in 2023 and inked a two-year, 20-million dollar contract. Cashman is a former Minnesota Gophers linebacker, and he signed a three-year deal worth 25.5 million dollars. The Vikings also re-signed back-up offensive linemen David Quessenberry and Blake Brandel yesterday.

The Timberwolves aim to avoid their third loss in a row when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto-dot-com Arena tonight. The Wolves are coming off a 120-109 loss against the Lakers on Sunday. Minnesota is in third place in the Western Conference with a 44-and-21 record. Tonight's game tips off at 9:00PM.

The Wild look for their fifth straight game with a point when they host the Arizona Coyotes at the Xcel Energy Center tonight. The Wild just beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. Minnesota is tied for fifth place in the Central Division with 69 points and a 31-27-and-7 record. The Wild are six points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Tonight's game starts at 7:00PM.

The Twins managed just three hits during a 3-0 Spring Training loss against the Atlanta Braves at CoolToday Park. Brooks Lee had a double in the losing effort, while Chris Paddack was charged with the loss after surrendering a run on six hits in four innings. Joe Ryan starts for the Twins against Detroit today.

There will be a new rusher patrolling the backfield at Lambeau Field next season. ESPN reports the Packers signed Josh Jacobs to a four-year, 48-million-dollar contract yesterday. The deal includes 12.5-million in guaranteed money. The 26-year-old finished with career lows in nearly every stat category with the Raiders last season including yards with 805 and rushing touchdowns with six. The Pack released longtime starter Aaron Jones in a following move.

The Bucks wrap up their west coast trip tonight. The team tips off against the Kings in Sacramento. Milwaukee is coming off a comfortable win over the Clippers where Damian Lillard led the team with 35 points. He also dished out 11 assists for a double-double. Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied one of his own with 34 points and 10 assists as Milwaukee sits first in the Central Division 42-and-23.

The Brewers are back on the diamond tonight. The team squares off against the Cubs in a spring training game from Mesa. Milwaukee is coming off a tough loss to the Rockies where Jakob Junis allowed no hits and struck out three batters in his four-inning start. The Brewers are 7-and-10 in exhibition play.

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