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It’s Official: Vikings Sign QB Kirk Cousins

The free agent quarterback signed his contract this afternoon

The Minnesota Vikings locked up the new face of the franchise at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan this afternoon.

According to his agent, Mike McCartney, quarterback Kirk Cousins inked a fully guaranteed 3-year, $84 million contract.

Since taking over as the Washington Redskins starting quarterback in 2015, Cousins has put up very good numbers. He’s passed for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns the last three seasons. While that doesn’t mean his production will automatically translate to success in Minnesota, he will have a strong supporting cast around him.

In addition to having the league’s number one defense in 2017, there are a number of weapons on offense. The Vikings boast arguably the best wide receiver duo in the NFL with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, a strong receiving tight end in Kyle Rudolph, and an explosive young running back coming back from injury in Dalvin Cook.

The Vikings also feature new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who’s known for aggressive play calling. Now, DeFilippo and the Vikings have their quarterback of the foreseeable future.

Contract details

Per Albert Breer of the MMBQ, Cousins will carry cap numbers of $24 million in 2018, $29 million in 2019, and $31 million in 2020.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the deal could be worth up to $90 million with incentives.



Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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2 years ago

Well I hope I’m wrong , but my gut feeling is telling me we just gave away our big game chances. I still doubt that Cousins is a top ten QB and with this deal team is stuck for three years.

Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Finally it’s over and done with ~ Had there been other noteworthy QB still out there I wouldn’t have been worried ~ However I didn’t want the Vikings to head into the regular season with the young man they traded with the Broncos for as the starter ~