Kirk Cousins: “It came down to my desire to win”

AP

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins wants to win a Super Bowl, and he thinks he’s in the right place to do so.

Cousins said this morning on PFT Live that he had “a long list of reasons” to choose Minnesota over the other places he could have played, but the major reason was that he saw the Vikings as the team that put him in the best place to be the quarterback holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.

“It came down to my desire to win football games,” Cousins said. “Minnesota appeared to be that fit for a lot of reasons. Ultimately the leadership of the organization is what set it apart.”

Cousins said he’s looking forward to April 16, when he finally gets a chance to talk football with the Vikings’ coaches, and that he’d prefer offseason rules that give the players more time to work — especially when he needs to learn a new offense.

“Unfortunately it is regimented a little more than I would like,” he said. “But we’ll have nine weeks of an offseason program.”

As for what Cousins will do with the tens of millions of dollars he’s going to make, he said he’ll splurge on a trip to the Masters with friends and family.

“It’s fun to have experiences with people you love,” Cousins said.

And he’s looking forward to some fun experiences in Minnesota, the place where he thinks he’s found the right fit.

130 responses to “Kirk Cousins: “It came down to my desire to win”

  1. He better hope that his Vikings teammates take out Rodgers again, otherwise he doesn’t really have a chance to even win the North.

  2. hahahahhaha. yeah, the barneys are a breeding ground for winners. and im still a friggin rocket scientist. hahahha

  3. Let’s be honest, if his primary desire was to win Superbowls and not max out his money he wouldn’t be asking for $28 million a year.

    First, recent Superbowls have been won with teams whoes starting QB is on their rookie deal (Eagles/Seahawks/Ravens), or took a deal that was less then market value (Patriots X2, Broncos as Peyton took the $4 million restructuring that he got back when they won).

    Second, nothing Cousins did in Washington makes anyone think that he can make his offense play at an elite level even if the receivers and back would otherwise be considered subpar.

    Just be honest and say that your in it for the money, no one will blame you, but there is no need to lie to everyone and say you are about winning first.

  4. Thank GOD you aren’t boggling down my team anymore. I see right through this choke artist and have since 2012. I love how you all give him a pass for his LOOK AT ME documetary but RGIII does the same thing after winning Rookie of the year and WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? Afforded 10 times the chances over RGIII and you all know WHY.

  5. He’s a phony and a fraud… Enjoy MN… He won’t be the one to take you where you want to go. There is no doubt in my mind when Bruce Allen went to visit him last year and then called him “Kurt” instead of “Kirk” in his letter… it was on purpose. Kirk wouldn’t negotiate in good faith and probably told the Skins he wouldn’t be signing here and that is why they scooped up A Smith immediately. He might be 1-3 in games that actually matter, and when he talks about winning… The reason we didn’t win more was because he was our Quarterback. Enjoy Minnesota! Haha… he sucks!

  6. The Vikings already have a great locker room and he’s going to fit right in. This is a really good match.

  7. His desire to win and 84MM guaranteed.

    Cousins is entitled to get all he can. But lets be truthful.
    IF he really wanted to win he could take less so the signing team could afford
    another good player.

    He wants to get paid, and winning is secondary. Nothing wrong with that. But don’t lie and say winning is important.

  8. Desire to win ? Sounds like Reggie White when god told him to go to Green Bay (which was a major coincidence offered him the most money !)

    Apparently Cousins didnt take the biggest offer but how much money does one person need ? He made at least 50 mill at Washington, has 80 or so guaranteed here so he has over 100 mill

    If he really wanted to win he would have taken a ‘cheap’ offer at say 15 mill a year so that his team can sign more players to make the team better.

    For everyday normal people like myself I’m getting more and more alienated to the sport when a player gets nearly 2 million dollars a game now, moneys getting ridiculous.

  9. mattdaddy7 says:

    March 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Yeah, that $84 million guaranteed had nothing to do with it…

    ***EXACTLY***

  10. One mans trash is another mans treasure.
    But 84 mil guaranteed on someone this average?
    Good luck with THAT cap number……

  11. Playing in an enclosed stadium in Minneapolis may have been a factor not mentioned by Kirk Cousins. Not having a wind chill factor during cold months can make a difference for a quarterback. So half of the games are played in the Minneapolis enclosed stadium and without knowing the schedule other games could be played in Arizona, Florida and California. Can you imagine Aaron Rogers playing for the Vikings. Well no that would be a mid western betrayal.

  12. juice08 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:26 am
    He better hope that his Vikings teammates take out Rodgers again, otherwise he doesn’t really have a chance to even win the North.

    Cousins numbers VS Packers: 26-41 351yds 3 TDs 0 int, 21-30 375 yds 3 TDs 0 ints
    Yep Im sure he is shaking from the thought of facing Rogers

  13. Please tell me who the cheese turds have besides rodgers? They just got rid of his only legit receiving threat. Cobb hasn’t been any good since his signed his contract. No defense and below average run game. Da bears will even stomp the pack this year.

  14. Well, there are worse teams he could have joined. I just don’t see HIM as that next step up on what the Vikes had last season.

  15. juice08 says:

    March 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    He better hope that his Vikings teammates take out Rodgers again, otherwise he doesn’t really have a chance to even win the North.

    —————–

    The Vikings won the NFC North in 2015 with way worst QB play. Nice try thou! Rodgers played that whole season. The Vikings and Packers have the same Win loss Record since Zimmer has been coach. Rodgers has played in 3/4 of those season. Thanks for playing thou.

  16. “…but sadly, Minnie-Apple [Minnesota] — I am not a ‘hot hand’ like Nick Foles, so I doubt that I will ever take you to The Big Game [Super Bowl] — but thanks for the $84M because, like Carson Palmer used to say: ‘Mediocrity pays in the NFL!’.” (Wink!)

  17. I have no idea if Cousins will succeed in Minnesota or not, and no one commenting on here does either really. But, I wonder if anyone on here if given a HUGE raise over what we were making from another company would say ” Nah, keep some of that offer and hire a couple of more workers in that department there”…If you are honest, you know you would get all you can, that’s human nature! The fact is, that none of us commenting on here about a man we don’t even know will ever have the chance at that kind of money…. so saying we would do that and he should not have taken so much so that they can hire this piece or that piece is priceless.

  18. no truer statement ever made in the history of the NFL…I want to win and glad to have leadership with the Viks…..skins org is flawed, synder, gruden and allen are the 3 stooges and biggest joke in the NFL. Last place every year and consistent .500 or below….good for him for taking a ton of money from the skins and lead them nowhere. he’s an average QB though so cant see him leading anybody to a SB.

  19. Look, none of these guys, Rodgers included, is going to take less than what is offered and none of them, Rodgers included, is “demanding” anything. The NFLPA wants the highest contracts possible at all positions. Signing top drawer game-changing players requires cap management expertise. It’s not easy to balance it all, but it’s not the players’ responsibility to manage the cap.

    Rodgers will earn something north of $30M per year, and it may all be guaranteed. At least he’s already demonstrated talent that legitimizes a contract of that nature. For others, it’s still wishing, hoping, and praying.

  20. “juice08 says:
    He better hope that his Vikings teammates take out Rodgers again, otherwise he doesn’t really have a chance to even win the North.”

    The Vikings have beaten the Packers 4 out of the last 5 times they’ve played….pretty sure Rodgers played in those other three losses…

  21. Ihearya says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:19 am
    slang for i want a ready made team because i couldn’t lead the redskins.

    ————-
    He’s a quarterback, he doesn’t play defense…he had a few good receivers and a TE….not a good defense…all these people commenting on a football site, but they don’t seem to understand how football works…

  22. juice08 says:

    He better hope that his Vikings teammates take out Rodgers again, otherwise he doesn’t really have a chance to even win the North.

    #####

    You do realize that the Vikings have won 3 of the last 4 games Rodgers started against them.

    Rodgers is damaged goods until he proves otherwise (rewatch the Carolina game from last year).

  23. the17thearlofoxford says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:54 am
    Case Keenum > Kirk Cousins
    ————————————
    It’s funny to those who say Case is better or Kirk can’t win, take a look at Case’s career stats prior to playing for this team. 9-15, around 60% completion percentage, 24 TD’s, 20 INT”s. Look how that translated? The fact is none of know how this will turn out, but when you look what KC did with what have been a 3 win team without him, the signs point to it could be special if he stays healthy.

  24. I don’t know when I’ve ever been more disappointed in a Redskins player. Sure, RGIII showed his arse but it was early on and everybody pretty much had him pegged anyway. But we bought into the whole Cousins persona. We met him and got a signed rookie card his first year. We rooted for him and defended him for years, but this whole process with the double franchise tag and the freaking reality TV crew shooting him during free agency, God wants me to do this, God wants me to do that. I’m sick of him. The only reason we might even partially root for his success now is that maybe the card will be worth something someday.
    Yes, our owner and front office sucks. We get that. But I’m glad he’s gone. Don’t let the door hit you….

  25. Don’t blame Cousins or the Vikes for the money, blame the people responsible for the outrageous pay going to Stafford, Carr and Garrapolo before him, none of which has won a playoff game either, not that that is the end-all measure of a QB with 3 yrs starting experience. Aikman is a folk hero but go back and look at his first few years as a starter. Marino is considered one of the best ever, no super bowl wins. It’s a team game and anyone who ever played it knows. Will the Vikes win a super bowl with Cousins, who knows, but he improves their QB talent and most importantly, he’s young enough to stabilize what has been a merry-go-round of QB’s with Zimmer. Zimmer, going on his 5th year with what will be his 5th QB. You don’t think that annoys the heck out of Zim, and it should the fanbase as well, that is why this is a great signing.

  26. I’m a Skins fans and I’m amazed at how most Skins fans are spinning this. The Skins are a toxic, poisonous organization under Snyder. They are chronic losers. It’s been over 20 years Skins fans and nothing but losing and a quarterback carousel. They develop players and then are not willing to pay them. This organization always lets its own players go for overpriced veterans or rookies. Cousins was treated terribly by management and ownership and you have to have your head in the sand if you think this team is going to change. Alex Smith = Donovan McNabb = Mark Brunell. You know how this story ends. Skins will trash Alex Smith after he walks out the door too.

    But keep buying your merchandiseand tickets and lining Snyder’s pockets. There’s a sucker born every minute.

  27. With the Vikings solid receiving corps and great defense Cousins was a great addition to this already stacked team. We might be seeing them in the SB very soon.

  28. Both Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan went to work for Daniel Snyder after having won multiple super bowls with other NFL owners. No such luck under Snyder. Not even close. I mean, Joe Gibbs is arguably the greatest coach of all times. Mike Shanahan walked on water at one time. When he was in Denver he was generally regarded as the best football mind in the world. Also, the Vikings just went 13-3 with a journeyman QB, so obviously Minnesota is loaded. I would expect Cousins to take a step forward in a better environment. Nobody was comparing Nick Foles to Johnny Unitas, but in the right environment he was able to play winning football. That didn’t go unnoticed by Cousins or anyone else who was paying attention.

  29. It came down to my desire to win but I still didn’t do what Brady does and accept a sub-market deal so I can have a better supporting cast.

    It’s not his first big contract. He’s earned over $40m in the last two years and he still asked for the biggest per year contract. That desire to win has some limits.

  30. The Vikings were in the unique position of being a team that can win now, was in need of a quarterback, and had the cap space to pay a market value contract. Like it or not, that contract is market value and there’s no reason for him to expect anything less. He could have gotten more from the Jets but he didn’t want to play for a second-class organization.

  31. Hmm, all the negative comments are coming from either jealous packer fans or disgruntled redskin fans, imagine that.

    You living room gm’s do realize that he had a better offer to go to another team right? That means he CHOSE the Vikings at a lower salary because he knows he can win here.

    You all said the same thing about Keenum last year, how did that work out for you? It’s called having a great supporting cast, which the Vikings have. How did the packers do without Erin? Thought so. That’s because Erin makes that team, whereas a “mediocre” QB like Keenum excelled because it was a team effort. Last time I checked, football was a team sport.

    You talk smack about the contract Cousins signed, I think I’ll trust the Vikings front office who are superb at what they do versus you dip chewing mouth breathers. Oh, and you do realize Mr Titanium shoulder will now seek a contract for more than Cousins right? So what is that? Thought so.

  32. He is the top paid player in NFL history yet I would not even put him in the top half of current starting quarterbacks

    In no particular order, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Rivers, Luck, Stafford, Goff, Wilson, Wentz, Prescott, Carr, Big Ben, are all better, and then you could even argue he falls behind Mariotta, Smith, Foles, etc

  33. He couldn’t go to Denver or the Jets based on there unsettled coaching and front office situations.

  34. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:15 am
    It came down to your desire to win, huh Kirky? And so you chose the team with the worst playoff record across the entire realm of pro sports??

    Good call.

    ***

    Well like most people he is living in the present and not off stats of different Vikings rosters. I know its tough to think about that.

  35. george1859 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:51 am
    One mans trash is another mans treasure.
    But 84 mil guaranteed on someone this average?
    Good luck with THAT cap number……

    ***

    CAP numbers go up every year, and its only a 3 year deal. Meaning if its a major bust, there is no long term commitment. SO I think they will find some luck with that cap number, especially considering they’ve got plenty of cap space this year.

  36. arclight1972 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:43 am
    His desire to win and 84MM guaranteed.

    Cousins is entitled to get all he can. But lets be truthful.
    IF he really wanted to win he could take less so the signing team could afford
    another good player.

    He wants to get paid, and winning is secondary. Nothing wrong with that. But don’t lie and say winning is important.

    ////////////

    He did take less to win, Jets according to PFT offered 30 Million. Hater gonna hate, he doesn’t set the market the need and demand set the market value. I’m sure if it was any of you arm chair QB, coaches and GMs here wouldn’t take 84 mil if someone were to offer it. Thats the problem with our society, people don’t like to see other people happy. At the end of the day some are gonna be right about this Cousins deal and some are gonna be wrong. Who cares its not your money and none of us here at all have that type of jack to spend.

    Its takes money to make money. Is it a risk. But the Wilfs have put their money where their mouth is. Ziggy and Mark promised a new stadium, boom done. Promised better workout facilities for the players, staff, employees and coaches boom TCO built. The Vikings have made a concerted effort to get the best team, coach, trainers, etc on the field. If they wanna chuck 84 million which is not YOUR money let em. You cannot win games by not taking risks. Every draft pick is a risk, just because you invest money doesn’t’ mean you are going to get a return all the time.

    Vikings took a risk on Digg 5th round, he has been solid. Thielen, given a spot on the team took the risk, he is solid. Sharrif Floyd 1st round draft pick was a bust. So gentlemen its about taking risks and doing your fact finding to increase your chances your investment will return for you.

    I’m sure Zim, Stefanski, Spielman and DeFilippo talked at great lengths, watched many hours of film. Since Zim has been at the helm there have been more hits than misses. Fairly evident this team has been successful over the past 4 years. Comes down to coaching as well, who would’ve thought Keenum would have the season he did. You try to put your guys in the best position to win and I think Zim and his staff have done well. So the Cousins saga begins, only time will tell how it pans out.

  37. The NFL is extremely competitive. The NFC in particular with the Eagles, Vikings, Saints & Rams as contenders with Cowboys, Packers, Cardinals, Falcons, Panthers & 49ers likely in the mix too. 4 of those teams will not make the playoffs!

    Plus, the Giants are likely to get better, Lions & Bears maybe too. Injuries, off-season hangovers, new coaching schemes, gametape planning on guys who stepped-up last year & how the flurry of these free agent fit in with their new teams will be huge.

    The best reality TV there is: NFL on Sunday baby!

  38. Adam Kachur says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:26 am
    hahahahhaha. yeah, the barneys are a breeding ground for winners. and im still a friggin rocket scientist. hahahha
    —————————
    Actually the Vikings have a history of other teams’ QBs, mostly franchise QBs, coming to Minnesota and having their best personal seasons of their entire careers. Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, BRETT FARVE, Sam Bradford, now Case Keenum. Conversely, the Jets is where quarterbacks go to die. Kinda like receivers in Seattle. And they’ve already stated that Minnesota didn’t even offer close to the most amount of money, so everything they’re saying is in line with that statement.

  39. andyreidsgut says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:13 am
    He’s 4-19 against teams with winning record. Good luck Minny

    I would assume Keenum beat more than 4 teams (with winning record just last year)
    ——————

    How was Keenum’s record before playing for the Vikings? It’s hard for people to imagine this, but Cousins is stepping into the same great QB position Keenum had last year, and Bradford the year before that. It’s a QB friendly team. If you’ve watched any football you can see Cousins has an NFL arm, and Keenum has a back up arm.

  40. LOL butt hurt Packer fans praying this doesn’t work, when they know the odds are it will. Detroit and Chicago scare me more than Green Bay at this point. AFter Rodgers, they have no roster whatsoever. Their oline is getting so bad, even Rodgers won’t be able to compensate for it. Pack is closer to 4th in the North than 1st…

  41. Vikings have plenty of cap room and one of the best salary cap gurus in Rob Brzezenski. Before this signing, the Vikings had the third best cap situation behind the Browns and Jets. The idea that signing Cousins will somehow ruin the Vikings financially is just ridiculous. Teams like the Packers and Falcons will be in an even worse salary cap situation when they have to back the Brinks truck up to pay Rodgers and Ryan probably $30mil per year.

  42. He’s no savior, but he’s probably good enough. The Vikes don’t need a superstar QB to succeed like some teams (cough, GB), they have plenty of cap room, and he was paid what we all will soon see as the market rate for an above average starting QB. This team won’t win 13 games next regular season given the schedule, but they’ll win more games than the Jets or the Skins because the team as a whole is better, not necessarily the QB. And boy there are some ticked off Washington fans — why don’t you direct your anger to your toxic ownership?

  43. The fact is that the Vikings approach to building through the draft, mid level free agents and developing talent hasn’t worked for them. It’s worked for other teams but not the Vikings because they can’t get over the hump. So why not switch it up and take a chance. They did it. They got the #1 FA available and they are going for it. 0-52. YOU have to shake it up and take a chance. They want to win right now and they are making their move. It’s about time.

  44. For everyday normal people like myself I’m getting more and more alienated to the sport when a player gets nearly 2 million dollars a game now, moneys getting ridiculous.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    The players are just getting paid what they worth to the company they work for. Would you rather all that money going to Irsay, Haslam, or Synder instead of the players?

  45. I love this move. Blow up a team chemistry that made them better than their talent. Take the guy who made ALL the difference between the mediocrity of the past (and future) and boot him. Oh and go get a guy who’s less of an athlete and about the same in arm talent to replace him. LOVE THIS MOVE. Keenum is nobody’s superstar, but he also isn’t a red zone interception waiting to happen. Look it up. When the game gets more difficult Cousins falters. Playing against Stafford and Rodgers while not being able to use prior years of film from either of those teams (Patricia in Detroit, and Pettine in GB) defense will make the whole field feel like the red zone for Cousins. Lightning in a bottle from a year ago is about to ruin the next 5 years for the Queens. By the time they crawl our from under this QB decision they’ll be overpaying for old talent on D. This is how you avoid winning super bowls. AWESOME for me and the Pack.

  46. Evidently his desire to win outweighs the Vikings. He is not the QB they need. He’s not as good as Keenum. He never won a big game and never will his skill set surpasses his intestinal fortitude. It’s conceivable to me that Minn. goes from first to worst.

  47. This guy is such a fraud and thank goodness he is out of DC. This was all about his agent’s desire to potentialy change free agency as we know it. Yes, the Redskins mismanaged the situation but this guy and his agent only care about their agenda which is going to total about $128 Million.

    You know the difference between this guy and Keenum? With the chips down, Kirk would have thrown a pick to NO. He is a proven choke artist.

    Good riddance…

  48. Stella says:

    Rodgers will earn something north of $30M per year, and it may all be guaranteed. At least he’s already demonstrated talent that legitimizes a contract of that nature. For others, it’s still wishing, hoping, and praying.
    ######

    Interesting.

    You justified lowballing and then releasing Nelson for the exact same reasons you are now attempting to justify paying Rodgers.

    Rodgers is damaged goods until he can prove otherwise.

    After being medically cleared to play last season, he was incapable of throwing a deep ball. His 3 attempts were all intercepted against Carolina.

    With 2 years left on his current contract, Rodgers is extorting the Packers because paying him is a better option than Kizer or Huntley.

    And you are supporting Rodgers blackmail of the Packers.

    And you claim to be a Packer fan…

  49. Ihearya says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:19 am
    slang for i want a ready made team because i couldn’t lead the redskins.
    ———-

    No. It’s slang for the Redskins front office still couldn’t put together a competitive TEAM on the field despite having a quarterback who put up 4,000+ passing yards, 25+ tds, and 90+ QB rating for 3 years straight. My Skins were competitive because of Cousins.

    We were 9-7, 8-7-1, 7-9 the last 3 seasons with Kirk. That is the best 3 year run a Skins QB has had since 1999-2001.

    During that time our defense ranked 28, 28, and 21 in yards allowed, and 17, 19, and 27 in points allowed. THAT coupled with a poor running game is the reason we didn’t make the playoffs 3 straight years.

    The team scored enough points.

  50. Keenum had a 98.3 QB rating and a 3:1 TD/INT ratio. They think they’ll get better than that by paying double? Good luck.

  51. “The players are just getting paid what they worth to the company they work for. Would you rather all that money going to Irsay, Haslam, or Synder instead of the players?”

    I’d rather the games be affordable to attend. Tickets don’t get more expensive every year for nothing. But then again, if we’re dumb enough to pay it, they surely aren’t going to take less and say they have enough.

  52. I love seeing all these Redskins fans claiming that they’re happy they have Smith instead of Cousins. Smith…a total game manager. FYI, it’s hard to be a game manager without talent around you and the Redskins are severely lacking in talent. Good luck with that.

  53. Well, despite all the speculation for and against, Cousins is exactly in the place, for 3 years, where he either proves he’s a QB that can win a Superbowl with a good good team or he ain’t all that. He has the pro experience, Vikings got a good good team, and he has 3 years. No excuses if it doesn’t happen.

  54. While in Washington, Cousins posted single-season records for the franchise in passing yards (4,917), completions (406), attempts (606) and matched the team record for 300-yard passing games (seven). 3rd in the NFL in his career in 4th quarter comebacks. #DYNASTY

  55. For everyday normal people like myself I’m getting more and more alienated to the sport when a player gets nearly 2 million dollars a game now, moneys getting ridiculous.
    ————–
    Sports is big business that makes major coin. Especially football. You would rather the owners kept the money than the key players get paid?

  56. ARod(in his collarbone)
    Guess what? I am neither a Redskins fan nor a Packers fan…I bleed green and have been for 42 years until we FINAlLY won a Super Bowl. I’m just being honest in what I saw in the Eagles playing Cousins twice a year. He’s alright. Just don’t think he is that much better than Keenum nor does he deserve that ridiculous payout!

  57. Real elite NFL QBs don’t hit the free agent market. yes, and even the redskins know that !

  58. Reading some of these comments from Redskins and Packers fans sound like jilted wives and girlfriends. Its about building the best team you can not about ONE guy getting a heavy contract. You will not see either the Packers or the Redskins in the play-offs this year, both teams are rebuilding and are not built to win now. Yes, Packers fans you are rebuilding whether you want to believe it or not. Adding a defensive lineman and a mediocre TE, dropping one of your play makers in Nelson are not good free agency moves.

    Dark days ahead, especially for the Packers – Aaron is gonna wanna get paid and if its any indication of how the organization treated Jordy more play makers will fall by the way side. I still say Rodgers will be gone in two years playing for the Pats.

  59. the17thearlofoxford says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:54 am
    Case Keenum > Kirk Cousins

    —————————–

    I loved watching Keenum play last season, and would have been more than happy if the Vikings gave him a long term contract. Keenum’s best attribute, as a QB, was his ability to move and create plays on the run. But, that’s the only area where he’s a better QB than Cousins. It may be a bit of a drop off this season, if the Vikings don’t improve the O-line more though. If the O-line is solid, Cousins is the better QB. Unless you really believe you know better than the GMs and coaches in the NFL. Minnesota, Arizona, Denver the NYJ, and probably a few more, wanted Cousins over Keenum.

  60. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:28 am
    If he wanted to win why did he go to a team that has never won a Super Bowl?

    —————————-

    Because, like most intelligent people, he’s able to realize that the past doesn’t matter, in sports. The only thing that matters is today and tomorrow. If your type of thinking was more popular, nobody that wanted to win would ever go to any team except the Steelers, 9ers, Cowboys, Packers, Redskins, Giants, Raiders and Patriots.

  61. This is an example of how our society chews people up and spits them out. Kirk never did one thing wrong. If he talks too much then he gets the RG3 diva label. If he doesn’t run his mouth then he’s a politician. He openly said he would be Robert’s “servant” when he was the backup. All he asked for was market value for his services. Skins low balled him. And all the money they “saved” by letting him go already went nowhere. Lots of guys left the team and very few free agents. I’m not gonna hate on Alex Smith as he’s had a career also getting dumped on by his own teams. I’ve come to the conclusion that QBs are just convenient scapegoats for entrenched incompetent managers.

  62. wwrgesusd says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:45 am

    You know the difference between this guy and Keenum? With the chips down, Kirk would have thrown a pick to NO. He is a proven choke artist.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Did you even watch that game? Keenum threw a boneheaded pick which helped NO get back in that game and take the lead!

  63. christallize says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Real elite NFL QBs don’t hit the free agent market. yes, and even the redskins know that !

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    So I guess Drew Brees is not a real elite NFL QB! San Diego let him walk and just a couple of days ago Brees was a free agent until he resigned with NO.

  64. For some weird reason, I always think of Vikings fans as being not particularly crazy or delusional on the NFL fan scale. Even Vikings fans must know deep down that they just spent a ton of money on a very middle of the road QB and not a clone of a 2001 Tom Brady, right? Right?!? Apparently not…

    And before you say I’m a “butthurt Redskins fan” (which frankly makes no sense considering Washington CHOSE not to sign Cousins to a long term deal…) or a “scared Packers fan,” I’m neither. Panthers fan here so literally no skin in this game…

  65. Cousins will be okay (not spectacular) this year, Teddy will hardly play, Bradford will get hurt, and Keenum won’t come anywhere near the numbers he hit in 2017. The Vike’s decision was based on what will happen in 2018 and I’m pretty damn confident their prediction will be accurate.

  66. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I think I’ll trust the Vikings front office who are superb at what they do
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    2 playoff victories in 13 seasons? Superb?

  67. christallize says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Real elite NFL QBs don’t hit the free agent market. yes, and even the redskins know that
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    Average or worse QB’s don’t get franchised 2 years in a row.

    The Redskins were thinking about doing it a third time until they realized that would take $34mil for 1 year.

    The Redskins failure to sign Cousins to a long term deal 2 years ago forced them into allowing Cousins to become a free agent.

    Reasonable people understand these things.

    Which explains why you cannot.

  68. How the conversation went:
    Mike Zimmer: “I need a superstar QB that can carry the team because at times my defense quits on me.”
    Kirk: “I might make boneheaded plays in crunch time but I will never quit.”
    Zimmer: “Perfect, you’re hired. Want to see me rip the head off this stuffed animal?”

  69. logicalvoicesays says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Afforded 10 times the chances over RGIII and you all know WHY.
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    Yeah, because Cousins isn’t as fragile as glass.

  70. MMGeneral says:
    March 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    For some weird reason, I always think of Vikings fans as being not particularly crazy or delusional on the NFL fan scale.
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    That is weird, because they are the complete opposite.

  71. Washington CHOSE not to sign Cousins to a long term deal…)

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    Nope. Kirk didn’t want to sign there. Their own GM just said as much yesterday. And who can blame Cousins? Who would want to play for that dumpster fire of an organization?

  72. packertruth says:
    March 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I think I’ll trust the Vikings front office who are superb at what they do
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    2 playoff victories in 13 seasons? Superb?

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    I’d worry about your own dumpster fire of a team. While the Vikings have built one of the better offenses in the NFL, with the most coveted QB this off season, a great RB corps, a great WR corps, a very good TE and a much improving O-line, the Packers. . . well. . . have Aaron Rodgers. While the Vikings have built the best defense in the NFL, with one of the most coveted d-linemen this offseason, two of the better edge rushers, one of the best DTs, a very good LB corps, and a great DB corps with the best CB and one of the best S in the NFL, the Packers. . . well. . . have Aaron Rodgers. If he’s not on the field, the team won’t sniff .500, will get both coordinators fired, several other assistants fired, and the GM fired (yeah, I know they said Dementia Ted was just moved up, but we all know what kind of a crock full that is).

  73. bitw44 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    So admirable that he only took 86 mill. What a competitor

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    When the Jets reportedly offered $90M over the same time and terms, yeah, that’s choosing to win vs. $$$.

  74. christallize says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Real elite NFL QBs don’t hit the free agent market. yes, and even the redskins know that !

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    Real knowledgable NFL fans know that Cousins forced this. The Redskins wanted him tied up long term the last few seasons. He wouldn’t sign their long term contract offers, making them pay him the franchise tag money 2 seasons in a row. The only way the Redskins would have been able to keep him for 2018 would be to franchise tag him again, basically guaranteeing him somewhere around $34M for the season, and no long term deal after that. That’s why he was a free agent, and even the least informed fan know that.

  75. I’d worry about your own dumpster fire of a team. While the Vikings have built one of the better offenses in the NFL, with the most coveted QB this off season, a great RB corps, a great WR corps, a very good TE and a much improving O-line, the Packers. . . well. . . have Aaron Rodgers. While the Vikings have built the best defense in the NFL, with one of the most coveted d-linemen this offseason, two of the better edge rushers, one of the best DTs, a very good LB corps, and a great DB corps with the best CB and one of the best S in the NFL, the Packers. . . well. . . have Aaron Rodgers. If he’s not on the field, the team won’t sniff .500, will get both coordinators fired, several other assistants fired, and the GM fired (yeah, I know they said Dementia Ted was just moved up, but we all know what kind of a crock full that is).
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    And if all goes well this time next year your team might have 3 playoff victories in 14 seasons. Bully for you. But it’s not superb. Not yet.

  76. He was disingenuous while speaking to the media about his desire to stay with the skins, and he is doing the same here. Be careful vike fans. This guy makes crucial errors in games at the most important times, has not been very effective in the red zone, and was awful in the NFC East (see Giants game). Don’t get me wrong, he is a good QB, but not elite. He will not put a team on his shoulders and will his team to win. Needs to improve on his leadership skills that are relate-able to the entire team, and not just a few. No sour grapes here as a skins fan, but I am glad we didn’t break the bank on him. 22mil is as far as I would have gone with Kirk. 28mil goes to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, etc…..

  77. What makes his statement most curious is that he picked one of the teams that never won a championship, in fact, losing in the most lopsided or bizarre ways. Cut to the chase, he signed with the team that gave him the most guaranteed money and that has nothing to do with winning or losing, some might argue that it contributes to more losing.

  78. Well my fellow Vikings fans, I think it’s safe to assume that this was a great signing by all the skins fans pretending that this guy was no good to make themselves feel better, and the packers fans talking about their PAST as if for some reason players choose their teams based on the success the team had when the league was started half a century ago. Stop assigning win loss records to qbs as if they are starting pitchers. The guy has great stats, and the skins are so terrible that he couldn’t give fans the big playoff record they so arrogantly hold against him. You re lucky he ever even made a playoff game for you, it’s about a miracle. Look, this guy is the best qb to hit free agency since manning, and the Vikings happened to be in a position that they needed and could afford to sign said qb. This happens so rarely that you can’t say a team with zero qbs didn’t do the right thing in taking this rare opportunity. We haven’t had a steady franchise qb in longer than I remember and this is as close as it gets. Does it mean we think he’s breese Brady or Rodgers, no. But he is a top 10 qb and that’s what we need, and it would be an improvement no matter how much we loved keenum.

  79. Seriously tho, GB fans, are you sure this is the point in time, with the lineup you have and the current coaching and front office turn over, that you wanna be sitting there making fun of cousins and the Vikings for our SB record. I mean honestly, you’ve just about wasted who I think is the best and most talented qb of all time(see how I can recognize Rodgers talent even tho I’m a vikes fan) and you haven’t exactly been killing it in the SB in the Rodgers era, so how bout you leave past records out of it. I’m not sure why you think cousins should be chosen his team based on the roster from 1956.

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