Kirk Cousins to sign 3-year, $84M deal with Vikings

The fully-guaranteed contract will alter the salary landscape of the league, and completely resets the market for top-end talent.


Kahron Spearman

Former Washington quarterback and free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins intends to sign a three-year, $84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The benchmark agreement will be fully guaranteed and would make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback (or any position) in the NFL.

"No final decisions have been made," Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney, said Tuesday, per ESPN. "The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That's all we can say right now."

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin sees the impending signing as a sea change for football contracts.

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
Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Productive over the last few seasons, Cousins topped the 4,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season, putting up 4,093 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

Even if Cousins accumulates an average of the last three seasons, Minnesota - barring multiple significant injuries - has to be considered a surefire Super Bowl contender, alongside the champion Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.

The signing of Cousins could also mean the permanent exodus of Teddy Bridgewater, who still has options for teams.