It appears as though the Kirk Cousins free agency saga has come to a close.
The former Washington Redskins quarterback reportedly plans on signing a three-year deal worth $84 million with the Minnesota Vikings, which would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
However, as is pretty much always the case before a player puts his signature on a new contract, Cousins’s camp is saying that nothing is for sure. His agent, Mike McCartney stated, “No final decisions have been made. The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That’s all we can say right now.”
Regardless, given the crazy amount of money that Minnesota is throwing his way and the fact that Cousins has said in the past that the Vikings would be his top choice if the money was there, we’re almost definitely gonna see him under center in Minnesota by the start of next season.
It’s not only the number on the contract that makes this deal special, though. Rather, you have to consider that fact that every cent of it is guaranteed, as opposed to prone to decreasing due to specific terms dealt by the team. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin found this to be particularly inspiring, and took to Twitter in order to announce his appreciation for Cousins.
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) March 13, 2018
The 29-year-old Cousins has been, statistically, one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL over the last years, with 2015 being his first as a full time starter. Since then, he ranks 4th in passing yards (13,176 total, 4,392 per season), 6th in passer rating (97.57 per season), 7th in total QBR (62.77 per season), and 8th in touchdown passes (81 total, 27 per season).
This is a huge, huge move for a Vikings team which went 13-3 last year and made it to the NFC Conference Championship game. They’ve got a fantastic wide receiver duo in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and one of the NFL’s most elite defensive units, so the arrival with Cousins could very well put them over the top. And with good timing, too, as Aaron Rodgers’s imminent return to the Packers will likely reassert Green Bay, Minnesota’s divisional rival, as one of the best teams in the NFL as well.
Look for Cousins to put up more big numbers in a Vikings uniform and for Minnesota to be just as good, if not better, than they were last season.