In case you thought Tom Brady would be the only quarterback to make news tonight, Kirk Cousins says not so fast.
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a one-year, $35 million fully guaranteed contract extension with Cousins, putting to rest any rumors that they might be trading the veteran QB. The new deal contains two voidable years in order to lower Cousins’ massive cap hit for 2022.
Throughout NFL history, there have been plenty of worse quarterbacks than Kirk Cousins. There have been a lot of betters ones, too.
However, there may be no professional quarterback more proficient at securing the proverbial bag than Kirk is. This dude has parlayed comfortably average to above-average QB play into a small fortune.
On Sunday night, the NFL world once again marveled at Cousins’ ability to pad his bank account.
— No Fluff Sports (@NoFluff_) March 13, 2022
Aaron Rodgers had his news cycle upstaged by Russell Wilson and then TOM BRADY UNRETIRED and Kirk Cousins said “this is my moment” https://t.co/Itmm5YFGov
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) March 13, 2022
I would guess the Vikings added multiple dummy years to the Cousins contract to help them with their salary cap.
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) March 13, 2022
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) March 13, 2022
Presumably some much-needed salary cap space this season for the Vikes and Kirk has some certainty for his future.
Let’s see what he can do with KOC as head coach.
— Paul Driscoll (@PDriscollTBT) March 13, 2022
Kirk All-Finesse team?? https://t.co/U4D9oCXMun
— Tucker D. Franklin (@tuckerdfranklin) March 13, 2022
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) March 13, 2022
Kirk Cousins & his agent have put on a clinic over the years of betting on yourself, knowing the market, and leverage
Nothing but guaranteed contracts his entire career.
This deal will take his career earnings to $196,669,486
What a king 👑 https://t.co/e9x3Kf2CV9
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) March 13, 2022
Mr. March https://t.co/lIS4GiC5TY
— Eric Eager 📊🏈 (@PFF_Eric) March 13, 2022
In 2021, Cousins made his third career Pro Bowl, and second in four seasons in Minnesota. He also eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the sixth time in his career and tossed 33 touchdowns.
That all sounds lovely, but where Cousins has always struggled in his career is with generating that little bit “extra” that is needed in big spots. We’ll see if he can change that in 2022, but we’re not holding our breath.