NFL's Kirk Cousins to sign rare fully guaranteed contract worth $84M


Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is poised to become the highest-paid quarterback in the National Football League by signing a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, multiple U.S. media reports said Tuesday. He was placed under a franchise tag the last two years.

You can argue how much of a difference Kirk Cousins makes for the Minnesota Vikings, but the oddsmakers certainly seem to think he'll have a significant impact on his new team. He's obviously going to cost more than any of Minnesota's three internal free agent options from last season, but Cousins comes with a solid track record as a starter and no pre-existing injury concerns.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins warms up before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

At the end of the day, it will come down to a desire to win immediately with a Vikings team that made the NFC Championship Game in 2017, or money and a rebuilding franchise in the Jets. He waited for Cousins to sign for this very reason.

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Tuesday afternoon, various reports from NFL Network and ESPN claim he is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Vikings after visiting their facility on Thursday. "The plan is to visit Minnesota first". He's due $17.5 million in 2019, the final year of his deal, but the Broncos can release him prior to the season with just a $2.2 million dead cap hit.

Cousins plans to ink a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The reported deal could also make Cousins the first quarterback to receive a fully-guaranteed contract, possibly setting the precedent for similar extensions for quarterbacks like Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta's Matt Ryan in the coming months. In 57 games started for the Skins, Cousins has put forth 16,206 yards, 99 touchdowns and 55 interceptions to go along with a stellar 65.5 completion percentage. Over that same span, Cousins is averaging 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 4,400 yards a season. Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are also expected to sign elsewhere.