After the Denver Broncos agreed to sign Case Keenum, it seemed like a foregone conclusion, but on Tuesday the Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, as first reported by Benjamin Albright.
Although Cousins was expected to break the bank, perhaps with a deal upwards of $30 million a year, it appears the Vikings were able to haul in Kirk for less than that:
The details of the deal are still out. At this point we don’t know how long the deal will be nor the guaranteed money included in the deal.
However, it does appear that the NFC North now has another Pro Bowl quarterback in it. Cousins has a career passer rating of 93.7 and 99 touchdowns to just 55 interceptions.
By making this move the Vikings are making it clear that they are making a Super Bowl push not just for 2018, but for future years. However, it will be interesting to see how Cousins’ big deal will affect their ability to re-sign some of their biggest defensive players when their contract expire in 2019 (Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd).
UPDATE: The Vikings have apparently offered a three-year, $84 million contract to Kirk Cousins. But get this, IT’S FULLY GUARANTEED:
Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018