Kirk Cousins is having dinner with Minnesota Vikings officials tonight, touring their new facility, and if all goes according to plan, will sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract worth $84 million according to multiple reports. This marriage makes perfect sense. Cousins bet on himself over the last two seasons with Washington, remained healthy and productive and hit the open market at the perfect time. Minnesota is coming off an NFC Conference Championship berth and has the opportunity to elevate their team to the next level with a Top-10 franchise Quarterback.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Case Keenum, who has one more playoff win than Cousins, but the talent level and production of Cousins over an extended period of time since taking over the starting position speaks for itself. The Pro Bowl QB Cousins just came off the third straight season where he eclipsed 4,000 passing yards to go with 27 TD’s and 13 INT’s. Compared to recent years, Cousins had a down year with the lowest QBR (52.3) as a full-time starter, but a lot of that can be attributed to the depleted roster he was working with in Washington.
Is Cousins worth $28M per year? No, but that’s the market for upper-echelon Quarterbacks in a QB-driven league and I admire Cousins for not strictly chasing after the money as I’m sure the New York Jets would’ve topped the offer on the table by the Vikings. Keenum is a steal for Denver in the $18M range, but Cousins just takes this Minnesota team to the next level and they had the money and cap space to make their dream come true.
Kirk Cousins will now be surrounded by a plethora of talent on offense with the likes of Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. He gets an elite play-making defense led by Harrison Smith and a collection of Pro Bowlers such as Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph the list goes on and on. Cousins gets to work with one of the most respected and quality coaches in the league in Mike Zimmer, an up and coming offensive coordinator just hired from Philadelphia in John DeFilippo and a spectacular front office led by GM Rick Spielman. Yeah, I’d pass on the Jets too.
Kirk Cousins gets an unprecendanted fully-guaranteed contract and sets the market for all other QB’s soon to be extended. He may not be worth the title of being the league’s highest-paid player, for now, but he will make a massive impact immediately and takes an already great Vikings team to the next level. Minnesota is a serious Super Bowl contender in 2018 and going forward. Get some help for Cousins on the offensive line through the draft and you’re in business.
Kirk Cousins certainly LIKES THAT payday he’s about to receive and will like contending for a title with the Vikings.
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