Although Kirk Cousins’ agent says nothing has been finalized, everyone else seems to be saying it is finalized. Cousins appears set to sign with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Cousins will reportedly get $28 million annually. There is word that the deal is fully guaranteed, which is unheard of in the NFL.
The deal has a number of important ramifications. First, Cousins is obviously an upgrade over last year’s starting quarterback, Case Keenum. He, not coincidentally, signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday. Unfortunately, you can now look at the Stinkings as legitimate contenders.
Second, paying that much money to the quarterback isn’t going to allow the Vikings to keep their defense fully intact. That has been the strength of their team.
Third, the contract is going to impact Aaron Rodgers’ extension with the Green Bay Packers. The good news is the Packers can now finish that up. Rodgers was waiting around for Cousins to work out his deal before signing his own extension. The question is now what cost does that come at?
Will Rodgers get a fully-guaranteed deal? And what will that be worth — $30 million annually?