Kirk Cousins will be the highest-paid player in NFL history (for at least a little while)

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Step aside, Jimmy. There’s a new king of the All-Time Highest Paid Player Mountain. Or at least there will be on Thursday.

Per multiple reports, quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign a three-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings. That’s an average of $28 million per year, $500,000 per year more than Jimmy Garoppolo will earn per year.

The deal for Cousins also will be fully guaranteed, which means that the Vikings will have to pay mostly all of that money into escrow at signing, as part of an outdated rule aimed at protecting players from potentially insolvent teams.

Cousins will never be insolvent. He made $19.95 million in 2016 and $23.94 million in 2017, and he’ll make another $84 million over the next three. That’s a total of $127.89 million and an average of $25.578 million.

The deal also ensures that Cousins will hit the market again in three years, at the age of 32. For most quarterbacks, that’s still smack dab in the middle of the heart of their prime.

And while some may say Cousins should have opted for another year or two of security, it would have been a mirage if it weren’t fully guaranteed. Most teams insist on a couple of non-guaranteed back-end years that inevitable fail to reflect fair value. Cousins avoided giving the Vikings the ability to squat on him at a lower number.

As to the possibility that Cousins won’t be attractive in three years based on his performance over the next three, a couple of non-guaranteed years wouldn’t have mattered, because the Vikings would have cut him.

187 responses to “Kirk Cousins will be the highest-paid player in NFL history (for at least a little while)

  1. Still don’t see why any team and I mean ANY team will pay a guy that amount of money when his record against a team with a winning record is only 4-19, this peddler is gonna collapse the QB market in regards to pay when he becomes the second coming of Brock Osweiler….

  2. HAHAHAHA. YES – Minnesota is going to do it. Captain Kirk – Minnesota Indoor Football Savior. I CANNOT wait to watch this thing crash and burn!! Mn just set itself up for salary cap jail for the forseeable future. Welcome back to earth SKOLERS. Hope you enjoyed that one year.

  3. And that will officially end the legend of Teddy Bridgewater as a Viking. Good luck to him. Hope he proves us all wrong and he has a great career.

  4. Before everyone gets too excited, just hold on. There’s a 95% chance there will be an article stating that it’s not all guaranteed. After 3-4 articles we will know the true value of the contract.

  5. Kurt Cousins was never better than Robert Griffin. He can thank one thing for his rise.

    Skin color.

    RGIII was the more talented player and I thank GOD Cousins is gone. Loser QB when it matter. Perfect for his new loser franchise.

  6. Scary to have the Vikings commit financially to a player who hasn’t done much aside from good regular season stats. Folks here in Minny seem pretty much split down the middle on whether he’s worth it.

  7. amazing to look back a few years that Cousins was the scrubby overachieving mid-card draft pick fighting for gametime behind the savior of heaven and earth in Robert Griffin III. and now the Redskins have neither, RG3 is out of the league, and Cousins has grossed Peyton Manning money. good for him…

  8. he’ll have 2 really good receivers, a solid TE and a good running game. More than he had in Washington. Still even with the upgrades I’d be nervous if I were a viking fan.

    If were the GM I would have franchised Case Keenum to see if he’d improve on last year. Is cousins really an upgrade? Vikings don’t need their QB to throw for 4000 plus yards to win.

  9. I love how the naysayers will say Cousins isn’t worth his big contract (and he’s probably not). But many of those same people have no problem with Garoppolo’s big contract. At least with Cousins, he’s started 57 games and has thrown for over 16,000 yards and 100 TDs. Meanwhile Jimmy G has started just 7 games, thrown for 2,200 yards and 12 TDs. How does that justify $27.5 million per year? If you think this is nuts, just wait until its time to pay Rodgers, Wilson, Ryan, Newton, etc.

  10. One playoff game for the Redskins (lost) in four years with Cousins as their starter. I’d say “franchise qb” might be a little premature. Win something first.

  11. People calling Cousins overrated haven’t taken a hard look at his numbers and rating. Sure, he threw a ton of interceptions his first crack at starting, but his last three years have been pretty darned good, and that’s with a very mediocre offense. The Broncos should have pressed harder to get him, he’s way better than Keenum.

  12. I would rather overpay for Cousins than be stuck without a viable option at QB, i.e. the Cardnials are said to be kicking the tires on Mike Glennon.

  13. Wellman says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    Hope they have enough money left to fix their defense. Thats actually where their weakness they needed to address has been.
    *****
    Not sure where you’re getting your info…the Vikings had the #1 defense in the NFL last year. If that’s their weakness, then I guess 31 other NFL teams are even weaker.

  14. I don’t know if Kirk Cousins is the missing piece necessary to push the Vikings over the top and win them a Super Bowl, all I know is that 86 million is A LOT of money to give to a QB who only has 1 winning season under his belt as a full time starter and 0 playoff wins.

  15. Now that the QB carousel is starting to slow down…who is still looking for a QB? Cards, Jets…who else?

    BTW…this is getting out of control and is not sustainable. Know lots of folks that have stopped buying season tickets. When will it all come tumbling down?

  16. The Vikings will seal their fate for the next eight years if they sign Cousins. Spielman has done some good things, but if this does not pan out, he should and will be fired. It is a team game, and the Vikings have a lot of holes to fill on the line and no line depth. They already had to let Serles go. He was an adequate depth guy. They need to make a trade to get some picks and draft quality O-line to help Cousins. We all saw what he was in Washington. He can’t get it done and he won’t with the Vikings either. You heard it here first. I love this team, but I can’t support a bonehead move like this. I realize the window is now, but Keenum could have given them a three year run at half the money and allowed the team to shore up the other weaknesses. I predict 7-9 and no playoffs next year. Shaking my head.

  17. 4,000 yard passer on a 13-3 team with the #1 Defense (most days, anyways).
    Vikings should be a top 3 Super Bowl contender now. It looks like Philly, New Orleans and Minnesota in the NFC again, although the Rams will be tough again too. Should be interesting….

  18. Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater are all better than this clown. And of course Drew Brees is better than all of them put together.

    Congrats, Vikes fans. And don’t look behind you, that’s the Bears gaining on you.

    #skoldat

  19. revelation123 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Fully guaranteed? Denver’s Case Keenum deal was much more team friendly.
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Team friendly to the Vikings, who didn’t pay $18mm for a decent backup

  20. Logicalvoice…..You are anything but….cripes….RG3 sucked ASS! I don’t think this will work out for the Vikes, but FFS, he is and always has been better than BOB.

  21. Over his 3 years as a starter, Cousins has ranked top ten in every meaningful QB category. He’s proved he can play at a high level even with a bad team. Now he goes to a place where he has a good defense and running game to support him. This is a great move by the Vikings (I’m not a Vikings fan or Cousins family member, just calling it as I see it) and they will contend for the SB for the foreseeable future. For those criticizing Cousins for not winning anything, I give you Matthew Stafford who has played a lot longer and has gotten to one more playoff game than Cousins. I give you Drew Brees who was the QB of a losing team for 3 seasons before the Saints finally fixed their defense and running game. Cousins is not the reason the Redskins were a bad team. He excelled in spite of the fact they had little around him. He is going to thrive in Minnesota because he works his butt off and wants to be great. Vikings fans should be really excited and optimistic about the future.

  22. Rodgers walks into A Barr says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    If he performs, Vikings will extend him another 3-5 years in 2020.
    __________________________________________________

    How did that broken collarbone work out for the Vikings? Gee, so sorry, lol.

  23. While Keenum did fine for the Vikes last year, he also missed many opportunities when receivers broke wide open, and he threw some boneheaded pics, the biggest being in the NFCC game. Fans and especially coaches saw Keenums ceiling in 2017. Hopefully Cousins is a smarter and more accurate version of Keenum, which is apparently what Spielman and Zimmer think.

  24. $84 million fully guaranteed! Astonishing! If I was a NFL player, (had the talent just not the height), I would hire Kirk Cousins’ agent McCartney!

  25. Everybody is talking about his record against good teams. Vikings are better then the Redskins in any year Kirk was there. So with a GREAT team behind him. Sky is the limit.

    SKOL

  26. We’ll now have to listen to the Barneys tell us all offseason how great they are with Cousins and that they’ll be winning the next 3 Super Bowls.

    Then the regular season will hit and they’ll return to their bottom feeding ways and as usual, have nothing left to do by mid season but bash the Packers and any other team they don’t like.

  27. I’ll withhold judgement until we see how it works out. NOBODY thought Keenum would do as well as he did but by golly, he sure did it. I’ve said from day one I would have rolled with Keenum as my projected starter, Teddy as my projected backup, and let them battle it out in camp. But what do I know?

    Well, I do know one thing… if Keenum leads the Broncos to the same level he led the Vikings, and if Cousins leads the Vikings to the same level he led the Redskins, the fan base will be storming the castle with pitchforks and torches.

  28. 3 years is the shelf life of this Vikings team, especially the defense, so the deal makes sense.

    Give it a few months and Rodgers and Ryan will both be over $30 million. It’s just how it is with the nfl these days. You’re going to shell out a lot for a QB. It’s manageable though, because the nfl cap increases every season.

  29. Those making it out like Cousins fleeced the Vikings aren’t paying attention. Stafford’s contract called for a $50m signing bonus and $92m guaranteed. Through the first three years of his deal Stafford will take home $87m, $3m more than Cousins. The last 2- 3 year of these longer term, non-guaranteed QB contracts are usually scrapped anyway by a re-negotiation. Sure Cousins becomes a FA after three seasons but give me the $92m guaranteed up front.

  30. Cousins has never won anything. But then again, he’s been playing for the Redskins. Nobody has been able to reach their potential in Washington. No coach. No GM. No player. Cousins should thrive in Minnesota. The coach, GM, the scouts, and all the Vikings’ players are thriving. It’s going from one extreme to the other. Literally. I wouldn’t pay that much for Cousins, but who am I to second guess Rick Spielman? He just went 13-3 without a top QB. Now he has one. We think. We hope.

  31. As a Viking fan, this is extremely disappointing, especially with that price tag. I hope I’m wrong about this, but I believe this move is going to cost Rick Spielman his job before the end of this contract.

    Case Keenum played lights out last season, winning 12 of the 13 games that the Vikings won, plus that playoff win, and the Vikings ditch the guy for someone who had more fumbles and interceptions, and has performed dismally against playoff oppoents? Many Viking fans wanted Spielman gone after his decision to pick Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

    I hope I’m wrong, but this looks like a colossal mistake.

  32. Tough spot for the Vikings – faced with spending a colossal sum of money to set up a scenario where anything less than making it to the Super Bowl right away is a big disappointment. That’s a really small target to hit and really deep to be sunk into the weapon you hope will hit it.

  33. How much better is this guy than Keenum?? Really and brings a loosing record to boot and pay him more than Drew Brees got stupid. They should have kept team chemistry with Keenum and spent money on O linemen, then draft a QB….

  34. I’m a Teddy fan but people are crazy to say Cousins is a bad signing. The money is the going rate for a starting quarterback with a bit of a track record. His talent may not be that much better than the other options, but the other options have more risk. If you want to win the Super Bowl while the window is open, you have to minimize risk. Everyone loves Case Keenum but what did you think of him last year at this time? Cousins has the tools and now he’s in a great situation. He’s going to do well.

  35. For 84 million guaranteed, the Barneys picked themselves up the 3rd best QB in the NFC North.
    A sub .500 signal caller that carried his team to the postseason once. (0-1)
    Where he was subsequently hammered by the Packers.
    skoLOL!!!

  36. I wanted Keenum instead of Cousins in order to keep all of our players in Minnesota and was blasted with thumbs downs. All of the Cousins news less than a week ago was 85% pro Cousins. Last 2 days all Cousins posts are 85% negative. Nothing we can do now except watch Keenum and Cousins this coming season and find out what’s what.

  37. Paying a non franchise QB, franchise money is poor decision making. Kirk is as good as his supporting cast. When he had a good offense around him, he was good. When he had a poor offense around him, he was poor. Franchise QBs elevate the players around them and can carry teams. Kirk has never been able to demonstrate that. Minnesota is a good destination for him because of the offensive talent, however to overpay him, means they are going to short change either the offense or defense down the road, and he isn’t going to be able to carry the team.

  38. logicalvoicesays says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Kurt Cousins was never better than Robert Griffin. He can thank one thing for his rise.

    Skin color.

    RGIII was the more talented player and I thank GOD Cousins is gone. Loser QB when it matter. Perfect for his new loser franchise.

    —-

    Facts refute everything you have said. Quite simply, there is no comparison with what Cousins did and the pretender, the Great Gimmick, supposedly did.

    Do you realize, Schmuck, that in 2012 that Cousins saved your beloved’s bacon – in the game that the Great Gimmick left due to injury, the Redskins were losing and not playing well at all against the eventual Super Bowl Champs, the Baltimore Murdering Black Birds. Cousins won that game. And then Cousins won his first start to provide two wins to the season that were needed to get the Redskins in the playoffs.

    As far as your racist whines, you are the kind of pig that has had me adjust my own sense of white guilt from actually caring about black issues to throwing my hands up in a double middle finger salute and to tell your ilk to go pound sand.

    Cousins was not chosen because he was mushroom white.

    He was chosen because the Great Gimmick could not run a two minute offense, was Mr. Three and Out, could not throw touchdown passes above the lowest percentile of competence, was uncoachable, arrogant, and foolish – could not read a defense – could not spot a pass rush – and could not win games after his gimmick had worn off.

    You can continue to wish for a second coming of the Great Gimmick, but you are seeking incompetence personified. And that makes you one giant fool.

  39. Frankly, Cousins is a great businessman in his ability to monetize his skill-set. Good for him.

  40. At this point…JUST SIGN A DAMN CONTRACT WITH SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE! Enough of this for a guy who now must win the NFCC or else he will be labeled a bust!!!

  41. It came down to franchised Keenum for $24 mil or $28 mil for Cousins. DeFilippo made the decision to go with Capt Kirk. 4 mil difference for a better skill set that fits his system. Hopefully this is the chance for the Vikings to finally get over the hump.

  42. Minnesota’s wonderful QB situation required dumping all three starters apparently.
    But don’t tell a Vikes fan that’s what just happened.

  43. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    They ONLY good thing out of this is that the Packers might pay Rodgers north of 30 million per year. Stupid move by the mortician.
    //////////////////////////////////

    The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process. What’s your point?

  44. @truthbetold109 it’s not like he’s going to get caught on tape with a hooker doing pot and coke. but if he does, florio says it doesn’t matter.

  45. “Kirk Cousins will be the highest-paid player in NFL history” is the most insane headline you will ever read. I truly think the Vikings will absolutely regret this signing. Unbelievable.

  46. I still say Bradford was the best bet, with Bridgewater as a follow-up. They could’ve signed both for what they’re willing to pay Cousins. The devil you know is safer than the devil you don’t know.

  47. Look at it this way. Would you rather have Joe Flacco, who is paid $22 million per year, or would you sign Cousins for $6 million more per season. Case Kennum will be paid $18 million per year by the Broncos, and Minnesota isn’t better off keeping Keenum since he did not even come close to getting them to the Super Bowl. He was one missed tackle from being 0-1 in the playoffs. I rest my Case (pun intended).

  48. Just in time for him to come up with the Bridgewater knee injury. Everyone can see it coming. 3 yrs guaranteed and may never play one down for them.

  49. Speilman must be playing screw your buddy again by giving a huge contract to Cousins it forces GB to more than match it, taking away any money they wanted to spend of free agents and keeping the team a one trick pony who goes down faster then a cheap corner hooker.
    I swear every year with them usually picking in front of the pack he decides who would the pack like and need and he takes them himself.

  50. …until GB has to pay Mr. Rogers. This is a win-win for the Vikings. They finally get off the QB merry-go-round and force the talent void Packers to put even more money in their franchise QB.

  51. Cousins waa afforded soant chances because he passed the brown paper bag test. RGIII’s leash was shorter than Trumps hands.

    Oh and please spare me the no one has won in Washington angle. The Vikings have never won ANYTHING EVER. Kiss our three rings.

  52. mantorras says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    great news, sincerely packer nation!
    —————————————-
    Keep telling yourself that.

  53. Packers fans should fight the urge to laugh; Their true franchise QB is up next and if Kirk Cousins gets 86 million fully guaranteed, what do you think Mr. Rodgers is going to request?

  54. owlbania says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Lot of $$ for someone that never won a playoff game.
    Like Garoppolo, Carr, Stafford, etc., etc.
    ————————————————
    Yeah so where was the outrage when those guys signed? Packer fans are acting smug about this but their turn is coming and their QB isn’t taking any discounts and the defense we are left with is much much better, more than offsets the difference between Cousins and Rodgers.

  55. Whomever signs him will NEVER win the SuperBowl or more than 10 games for the time he is on their team. Too great a percentage of the salary cap to commit to a slightly above-average QB. Book it!

  56. wafflestomp says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    For 84 million guaranteed, the Barneys picked themselves up the 3rd best QB in the NFC North.
    A sub .500 signal caller that carried his team to the postseason once. (0-1)
    Where he was subsequently hammered by the Packers.
    skoLOL!!!
    ___________

    I’d say tied for second best. He’s essentially the same player as Matthew Stafford.

  57. stellarperformance says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process.
    _________

    So your idea of managing the cap just fine is never signing a meaningful free agent and letting most of your best players go to other teams?

  58. How anybody can be upset with Cousins is beyond me.

    He has parlayed an above average career into becoming the league’s highest paid player. Is that his fault?

    If he generates average results in MN who can say he underperformed?! That is what he does.

    Right now he won’t be confused as Brady, Brees, Rogers, or Manning, but again, has he said he is the GOAT? Not that I know of, but the Vikings and a few other management teams think he wil play like it. Sounds like the Vikings management team is on the hook for this call.

    Kirk, have fun counting all that money but eventually it’s time to play ball!

  59. While other vital position players are fighting for a million or two, a QB gets almost 30 million per year. It’s crazy the disproportionate salary and percentage of the cap one player gets. Yes, I get the importance of the QB position and market demand, but still…

  60. So lemme get this right. MN is paying Kirk Cousins more $$ than Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan. What we’re Viking fans just telling packer fans about cap killing qb salaries? And how Rodgers took all of the Packers money and that’s why we didn’t have a good team? So funny.

  61. Vikes fans just be ready for a long summer of Packer fans posting on our news threads and lashing out about the Cousins “mistake”. We all know how they are really feeling right now….

  62. thepftpoetinreverse says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Im so happy my Jets didnt do that… so happy.

    Why so happy ? Because now the Jets can sign Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford, or AJ McCarron or, another stiff like they have had for the last how many years. If Jets fans are happy they didnt over pay for Cousins, they will be equally pissed when they overpay for some other position player. They do know they have too meet the league minimum of %89 of the cap. That means the Jets MUST spend 70 million to get there. With all the big names going fast who are they going to spend that 70 million on ?

  63. stellarperformance says:

    March 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    They ONLY good thing out of this is that the Packers might pay Rodgers north of 30 million per year. Stupid move by the mortician.
    //////////////////////////////////

    The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process. What’s your point?
    —————————-
    If you cant figure out my point, that’s on you.
    You should know me well enough by now.

  64. Not sure where you’re getting your info…the Vikings had the #1 defense in the NFL last year. If that’s their weakness, then I guess 31 other NFL teams are even weaker.
    ———————
    A #1 defense that quits in the biggest game of the year because a backup qb is torching them is not really a #1 defense. It looked like it was their strength, but once they were exposed by Philly, it became obvious what they really were.

  65. So your idea of managing the cap just fine is never signing a meaningful free agent and letting most of your best players go to other teams?
    ——
    Am I missing something? That philosophy has lead to 8 consecutive playoff appearances and a Superbowl. Your team’s strategy has lead to two playoff wins (well, one really as the saints gifted you one of them) in the last decade. Not sure why a fan of a team with that track record feels qualified to talk.

  66. Throwing Money at a Wall hoping some sticks is a salary cap disaster waiting to happen. Especially for a QB who has a 0 – 2 playoff record and has been questioned as to his locker room leadership qualities.

  67. “Still don’t see why any team and I mean ANY team will pay a guy that amount of money when his record against a team with a winning record is only 4-19, this peddler is gonna collapse the QB market in regards to pay when he becomes the second coming of Brock Osweiler….”
    —————–

    The Vikings overpaid. At the same time you’re looking at his team’s record, not the quality of his actual QB play.

    Cousins was seen as the best QB on the market, so he got top dollar. The QB position was not the problem in Washington, but it may eventually become one for Minnesota with that bloated contract.

  68. Its a gamble but not a crazy one. They are so solid everywhere else and none of their existing options have this much promise. The Packers will have to pay Rodgers even more (and he’s clearly worth it). The question is whether Rodgers is so much better than Cousins to make up the difference in the rest of the rosters. Im betting he is but we shall see.

  69. Good for Cousins, he deserves the higher than expected pay, because he gambled on himself and won twice in a row. Even though that didnt help the skins make the playoffs :/

  70. Cousins has played his hand to a fully-guaranteed 127.89 million dollars over 5 years. Thats insane.

    This is what it looks like when a QB gets every single penny, for those fans of teams that think their QB should be more “team friendly.” Anything less than 40 million per year, fully guaranteed, for Aaron Rodgers is indeed a “hometown discount.”

  71. stellarperformance says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm
    I still say Bradford was the best bet, with Bridgewater as a follow-up. They could’ve signed both for what they’re willing to pay Cousins. The devil you know is safer than the devil you don’t know.

    LOL !!! Dont quit your day job. Dont sign a 29 year old QB that has thrown for 4,000 yards the past 3 seasons, but instead stick with an older vet that has had 2 ACL injuries and now has a degenerative knee and back him up with a young kid with a weak arm, that hasnt played in two seasons that is coming back from a terrible dislocated knee and torn ACL. Nots a better plan.

  72. I wonder how long before we hear stories about how Cousins left some money on the table…. so the Vikings will have a better chance to succeed.

  73. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    I guess Wisconsin won’t be the only ones loving their Cousins. Get it?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    You ARE talking about Cousins's Subs,………. right ?

    Only a pervert would think otherwise,…. eh ragnar ???

  74. nathanp2013 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    A lot of bravado coming from people green with envy… I’m sure the britches of Packer fans are a different color.
    _______________________

    I will have whatever you are smoking. KC is FOOL’s gold.

    Kirk couldn’t even beat “bad” Eli, “broke-back” Romo/Prescott, Foles/Wentz/Sanchez/Bradford – yet you think he’s gonna best A-A-Ron?!!

  75. logical voices should be banned. using rascist rhetoric is completely unacceptable on here. florio, get rid of him pronto.

  76. wafflestomp says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    For 84 million guaranteed, the Barneys picked themselves up the 3rd best QB in the NFC North.
    A sub .500 signal caller that carried his team to the postseason once. (0-1)
    Where he was subsequently hammered by the Packers.
    skoLOL!!!
    ——————–
    That was the same year that he lit the Pack up for 375 yds and 3 TD’s during the season right??

  77. Master negotiator—Cousins got to pick the team that he wanted (a Super Bowl contender where he will not get beat up)—– he got the highest player salary—- he got a short term deal to make sure that the qb pay scale doesn’t get too far ahead of him–and while waiting for free agency he was able to collect franchise tag money; all good quarterbacks should use this as a blueprint

  78. It must suck to be an actual good player knowing that just ok players will always make more than you just because desperate teams will always pay more for guys who flopped on other teams than good teams will pay to keep the guys already on them who make them good.

  79. vikesryerdaddy says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    mantorras says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    great news, sincerely packer nation!
    —————————————-
    Keep telling yourself that.
    _____________________

    You Viking homers are hilarious. You cat like you just signed Tom Brady!

    Do you even watch football? Kirk sucks in big games, and against good teams. He single-handedly kept his team out of the 2016 playoffs by laying eggs down the homestretch and crapping the bed against the Giants – at home, when the Giants had nothing to play for. He sucks in the redzone and has shown no ability to elevate the play of his teammates. I could go on, but you just keep on feeling yourself (until the season starts, LMAO!)

  80. If were the GM I would have franchised Case Keenum to see if he’d improve on last year. Is cousins really an upgrade? Vikings don’t need their QB to throw for 4000 plus yards to win.

    —–

    And if Keenum crashed and burned? Then what?

  81. This is a great pick up for Minny.
    28 mil. guaranteed for an under 30 top 10 QB in this league will look like a bargain in a few weeks.
    Sorry fellas. Keenum is not comparable to Cousins. Not even close. Anything beyond 15 yds. and outside the hashmarks is a toss it up jump ball for Keenum. That Diggs catch against the Saints shouldn’t have happened. But it did. He just doesn’t have the arm strength. And at 30 plus yrs. old, it will not improve.

    I like this signing. They didn’t have to give up any draft picks. They can stay out of the free agent hell hole that dooms so many franchises -(see Seahawks) and most important, stick with the draft. They’ll use free agency to fill some depth holes/specials teams contributors etc.
    Good stuff.

  82. vikesryerdaddy says:

    March 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Vikes fans just be ready for a long summer of Packer fans posting on our news threads and lashing out about the Cousins “mistake”. We all know how they are really feeling right now….
    ————————

    I don’t know how anyone can possibly think that the Packers or their fans are scared about this signing? It’s Cousins, not Brady or Brees. I actually think Keenum is the better of the two, but by all means, pay the lesser QB MORE money. No one in Packerland is worried.

  83. I don’t see why they should have any regrets. He doesn’t have the small sample size like Keenum and McCarron, not the health concerns of Bradford and Teddy. And he banked something like 50m guaranteed the past two seasons. You know what you’re going to get from him and with the open market, this is what you have to pay.

  84. So many posters mentioning the fact Cousins has a sub .500 record and has never won a playoff game. Cousins has only started for 3 years so his numbers are a bit flawed. Compare QB #1 to Cousins in their first 3 seasons as a starter. QB 1 record 21-27 Cousins 24-23, QB 1 completion % 60.60, Cousin % 67, QB 1 TD’s 90, Cousins 81, QB 1 Int’s 52, Cousins 36, QB 1 interception rate %4.5, Cousin % 2.1, QB 1 QB rate 87.1 Cousins 97.5.

    Everyone wants to mock the deal making him the leagues highest paid QB. Well QB #1 mentioned above is none other than the current highest paid QB in the NFL Mathew Stafford.

  85. pushn50 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    vikesryerdaddy says:

    March 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Vikes fans just be ready for a long summer of Packer fans posting on our news threads and lashing out about the Cousins “mistake”. We all know how they are really feeling right now….
    ————————

    I don’t know how anyone can possibly think that the Packers or their fans are scared about this signing? It’s Cousins, not Brady or Brees. I actually think Keenum is the better of the two, but by all means, pay the lesser QB MORE money. No one in Packerland is worried.
    —————————————————–
    Thanks for making me right.

  86. The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process.
    _________

    So your idea of managing the cap just fine is never signing a meaningful free agent and letting most of your best players go to other teams?
    ======

    Name a player the Packers lost that they intended to retain? (I’ll spare you the effort, there isn’t one)

    And your comment only applies to the Thompson-era. Wolf killed free agency (Reggie, Sean Jones, Santana Dotson, Gilbert Brown) and the trade market (Favre, Ahman Green, Keith Jackson) and Sherman tried to follow the same pattern.

    Thompson was averse to free agency only after the Super Bowl in 2010. He had to use FA to rebuild the team after 2005. He had some horrendous misses early on, after nuking Shermans roster.

    His Super Bowl isn’t possible without Woodson, Pickett, and a few role players who weren’t homegrown.

  87. harveyredman says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    vikesryerdaddy says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    mantorras says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    great news, sincerely packer nation!
    —————————————-
    Keep telling yourself that.
    _____________________

    You Viking homers are hilarious. You cat like you just signed Tom Brady!

    Do you even watch football? Kirk sucks in big games, and against good teams. He single-handedly kept his team out of the 2016 playoffs by laying eggs down the homestretch and crapping the bed against the Giants – at home, when the Giants had nothing to play for. He sucks in the redzone and has shown no ability to elevate the play of his teammates. I could go on, but you just keep on feeling yourself (until the season starts, LMAO!)
    ——————————————————————
    Will do….it’s warranted AND feels good.

  88. harveyredman says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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    Yup, we could have our long snapper start and still beat the Packers. Didn’t we just beat you twice with Case Keenum, the year before with Bradford and the year before that with Bridgewater?

    Realistic Packer fans know that the Vikings, outside of QB, are better than the Packers at every single position between starters, front office and coaching staff. All of this bravado is false exuberance knowing that we significantly closed the gap in that area too.

  89. This fully guaranteed contract could help the Vikings at the QB position, but how much will it hurt their ability to maintain and fill the needs of the rest of the team?

    Case Keenum was not a bad QB. He had a 67.6% completion percentage and a 98 QB rating along with 22 TDs to 7 interceptions taking over for Sam Bradford. He fumbled the ball only once, a problem that Kirk Cousins has had. Case can move too, running for 160 yards with another TD at a clip of 4.0 YPC. He also had good chemistry with the team.

    Is a new QB like Kirk Cousins really worth at least 45% extra money to the team in a fully guaranteed contract? Keenum’s Denver deal will allow the Broncos to use a lot more of their cap space. The Keenum deal isn’t fully guaranteed either, so the Broncos can get out of it at a discount if they choose to (unlike the Vikings).

    So who got the better deal? The Vikings or the Broncos?

  90. Stella says:

    The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process.
    ####

    The Packers haven’t even won the division 50 per cent of the time over the last 25 years.

    As to QB compensation, that hasn’t been as high as you claim either.

    But your postings and the truth are rarely the same thing.

  91. Total QBR Rank
    Rodgers
    2015 14
    2016 4
    2017 Barred

    Cousins
    2015 6
    2016 6
    2017 15

    I’d say the Vikes D compensates for the difference.

  92. And your comment only applies to the Thompson-era. Wolf killed free agency (Reggie, Sean Jones, Santana Dotson, Gilbert Brown)
    ————-
    Gilbert Brown was a waiver wire pick up and not a FA pick up. Know your own team much?

  93. wow, Redskins couldn’t scrape together $28 million for a guy they grew in house? Worst nightmare for Snyder he could imagine: Kirk signing a reasonable market deal for a fixed reasonable amount of time. 86 million for Kirk, Alex Smith gets $71 million. So they didn’t save much money in a year that the cap went up, they alienated about 70% of their fan base, downgraded at QB, made their organization look incompetent and petty, and they still have all their old holes to fill not to mention new holes to fill with the loss of a promising DB and a pick. Thank goodness Dan and Bruce have delegated so much authority to that mastermind Doug Williams. With Doug at the helm they can turn things around quick. And no one can get mad at Doug right?

  94. 2017 numbers:

    Keenum: 67.6 comp.%; 3,547 yards; 22 tds 7 ints. 98.3 QBR

    Cousins: 64.3 comp.%; 4,093 yards; 27 tds 13 ints. 93.9 QBR

    One heck of an expensive and nearly lateral move there, Vikes.

  95. To my Viking fans then maybe a little upset about this, I’m going to point you in the direction of Drew Brees as a reference. When he left San Diego he was a slightly above average QB that had never won anything with numbers pretty similar to Cousins. Then he went to New Orleans and took off like a rocket. I am not in any way shape or form saying that the same will happen to us, my point is that anything can happen and sometimes a change of scenery/coaching/system is all someone needs to go from good to elite. He’s our Qb now whether you like it or not and we need to rally with him

  96. jjackwagon says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    Now that the QB carousel is starting to slow down…who is still looking for a QB? Cards, Jets…who else?

    Buffalo…. since Flutie Flakes came out

  97. The Vikings are the dumbest team in the history of the NFL. Have they ever actually watched all of his games?? Assuming the answer is yes, but they still go ahead and make him the highest paid player in the history of the league? Really? This contract will kill the team for three years at which time he will be run out of town on a rail.

  98. I am an old coot – certifiably so, and I can remember back to the 50s when pro athletes had to have an offseason job to make ends meet.

    That said, I don not begrudge these guys making all they can for putting their butts on the line and risking CTE and other things.

    But

    Twenty-eight million dollars a year to play football.

    Say you’re a 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year kind of guy. That means 2000 hours a year.

    (Are you sitting down?)

    $28,000,000 divided by 2000 works out to: $14,000 dollars per hour.

    Have a good day, because if you go to games, buy shirts, hats, etc. – that money is coming out of YOUR pocket.

  99. gtodriver says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    The Packers haven’t even won the division 50 per cent of the time over the last 25 years. As to QB compensation, that hasn’t been as high as you claim either. But your postings and the truth are rarely the same thing.
    ///////////////////////////////

    You split hairs on generalities to make yourself feel good or smart. Good luck to you.

  100. As a Packers fan that now lives in D.c. I couldn’t be happier. Cousins is average at best and now takes up a good chunk of there cap. They will soon learn signing Keenaum for much cheaper would have been the smart move. Hahaaahaaa

  101. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    logicalvoicesays says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Kurt Cousins was never better than Robert Griffin. He can thank one thing for his rise.

    Skin color.

    RGIII was the more talented player and I thank GOD Cousins is gone. Loser QB when it matter. Perfect for his new loser franchise.

    Where is RGIII playing now, oh thats right he isnt. I guess that means EVERY team in the NFL bases its players by the color of their skin. Or maybe RGIII is just one of the biggest busts ever.

  102. hardheadedrb says:
    That was the same year that he lit the Pack up for 375 yds and 3 TD’s during the season right??
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Hey, I'm a Packer fan hardhead. Just about every teams QB lit up our defensive backfield, but we still won most of our games that year and most years. Just not last year.
    So if Cousins lit up the Pack, BIG DEAL !! Cousins hasn't won a playoff game and made some horrible decisions in those games.

  103. stevejjones says:
    Redskins couldn’t scrape together $28 million for a guy they grew in house.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Sounds like there was a reason they didn't put a deal together for Cousins. They gave him 2 years tagged to see if he was the right guy for the job. Guess they didn't like what they saw for the $$$$ it was going to take. I don't think the Redskins are crying the blues.

  104. aarons444 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    The Packers have paid at or near the top of quarterback compensation for twenty-five years, managed the cap just fine, and owned the North Division in the process.
    _________

    So your idea of managing the cap just fine is never signing a meaningful free agent and letting most of your best players go to other teams?
    ======

    Name a player the Packers lost that they intended to retain? (I’ll spare you the effort, there isn’t one)
    _________

    I didn’t say they let anyone go they intended to retain. I said they let their best players go because they didn’t want to pay them, copyright Casey Heyward, Michah Hyde, Jared Cook, Julius Peppers…

  105. All these poor little babies so mad he did not sign with their team. Awwww you poor things.

  106. elvoid says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    2017 numbers:

    Keenum: 67.6 comp.%; 3,547 yards; 22 tds 7 ints. 98.3 QBR

    Cousins: 64.3 comp.%; 4,093 yards; 27 tds 13 ints. 93.9 QBR

    One heck of an expensive and nearly lateral move there, Vikes.

    Cousins stats since becoming the starter in Washington 24-23 record, 81 td’s, 36 ints, 67% completion, 2.1% interception rate, 97.5 QB rating, 13,176 passing yards or 4,392 yards per season.

    Stafford is currently the highest paid QB in the NFL. If you compare his numbers his first 3 years as a starter compared to Cousins they are very comparable. Stafford has more yards but also more attempts but he also has double the int % rate. Seems like alot of money for Cousins but its actually on par for the NFL.

    As for Keenum, he was 9-15 as a starter before coming to Minnesota. He has a career QB rating of 77.3 before coming to minnesota, he averaged 200.9 yds/game before coming to minnesota. Granted Keenum played for some pretty disfunctional organizations and when he finally got to one that didnt ask him to do too much he succeeded. That asking to only do so much only got them so far. With Cousins he also was playing for a horrible owner and a somewhat disfunctional team but with that he still put up top 5 and top ten QB numbers.

    The 28 million isnt really an crazy number. Pretend the Cousins deal didnt happen. If Mathew Stafford, a guy with a career record of 60-65 is making 27 million a year how much do you suppose Matt Ryan and Rogers will be getting with their extensions this year ? At least 30-35 million for the top QB’s in the league. Brady and Brees would also be up there but Brady took a cut and Brees is in his last home town contract. But if 4 of the top 5 statistically are getting 30-35 million, then it kind of stands to reason the next 5 would get between 25 and 30. Right where Cousins falls.

  107. Why Cousins over Keenum? Keenum before this year was a journeyman player. He fell into a great situation and played well, but relied on the team more than they relied on him. Cousins on the other hand has had to carry the Skins since he took over. The defense and running game have sucked for most of his time in DC and yet he’s sitting there top ten, even top 5 one year, in passing. That has come with some good weapons and it’s come with bad weapons. It’s come with a good Oline and with a bad injury riddled OL. He’s been the only consistent part of the Redskins for the past 3 years.

    Keenum played with the 7th overall running game in the league this year and was supported by the #1 overall defense in both yards and points.

    Cousins played behind a swiss cheese OL due to injuries, didn’t have a #1 receiver or a running game (they ranked 28th) was non supported by the 21st defense in yards and 27th in points against.

    Every situation is different but Cousins hasn’t had even close to the kind of team around him that he will now have in Minnesota. He’s played at a high level, hasn’t missed a game in 3 seasons, lives and breathes football and is as good a character player as you will find. The Vikings were indifferent when asked about Keenum because they know what he is from having seen him practice and play. They decided he was not worth keeping around and felt Cousins was a step up. They made a commitment to improve and not stick with the status quo and possibly waste an opportunity to win a Championship. As solid as Keenum was, it took a miracle for the Vikings to beat the Saints so he really should have been one and done in the playoffs and the Vikings realized that.

  108. For those trying to use losing games as a reason to criticize Cousins, here’s the numbers against playoff teams from last season:

    1 win and 5 losses

    Cousins:

    Yards 1591
    Comp. 64%
    TD’s 11
    Ints 3
    Points scored 149 (Avg 25 points per over the 6 games)

    Contrast that with the defense in these games:

    Yards against 2429
    Points against 185

    That’s an average of 406 yards and 31 points a game given up against playoff teams.

    The problem was not and never has been Cousins. The problem is the Redskins had nothing besides Cousins.

  109. Sometimes it’s not how good you are per se as much as it is being better than the other options. Or at least, perceived as better.

    That said, as a Bears fan I’m not exactly thrilled at Cousins coming into the division.

  110. demo1984:

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy for Cousins in that I think he parlayed the Redskins stupidity into great personal gain. He bet on himself and made it pay – gotta love that. Every QB in the league should be sending him a “thank you” note right about now – with all that money guaranteed, he’s changed the scale drastically.

    And everything you say makes sense in a way – but just because the Lions made a stupid deal with Stafford…, well that doesn’t make nearly ninety million guaranteed for Cousins smart – it just makes it also kind of stupid – in my opinion. I’ve seen nearly every game Cousins played because yes – I have the misfortune of being a Redskins fan. I just don’t think Cousins is “That Guy.” Y’know, the one that takes you to the promised land. He’s good – not great – though I’m the first to say my opinion on that could change down the road.

    So yeah, he certainly could prove me wrong. And honestly, I’d get some kind of perverse satisfaction out of him leading the Vikes to a Super Bowl or two and really making the Skins front office look like dopes – not that they need any help on that, but still….

    After what they’ve done to the Skins over the last two decades, there’s a vindictive part of me would love to see that happen.

  111. interesting how teams keep making the next QB, the highest paid no matter how average they are. Jimmy, Kirk, and Stafford, these 3 average QBs are making more than Brady, Big Ben, Aaron Rodgers and the later 3 have won superbowls and are still regarded as the best in the league right now.

    I understand QBs aren’t easy to develop but that doesn’t mean you over-pay a average QB like he is a top 5 QB. Just plain stupid.

  112. He’s about 15-20 range for ranking for NFL QBs. He’s just not an elite talent that fans will rush out to see.

  113. golions1 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    Well, he is better than anyone they had last year. Good move for team and for Cousins.
    ////////////////////

    How’s that? Keenum played as well as any QB in the league last year, and the Vikings still refused to say his name out loud. What more do they want? Cousins? Please!

  114. Cousins may do well. The Vikings are betting he will. But he doesn’t present a Viking threat in the division, because the Vikings have already had three years in a row of Pro-Bowl caliber play from their quarterback position. What did they accomplish?

    See what I mean?

  115. skolvikings7 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Everybody is talking about his record against good teams. Vikings are better then the Redskins in any year Kirk was there. So with a GREAT team behind him. Sky is the limit.
    _______________________
    The Skins were 8-7-1 in 2016 and beat the Vikings 26-20 that year who ended up 8-8. Another side-note, both teams missed the playoffs. The Skins blew their shot to get in when they lost at home as a 9 point favorite to a NYG team that had nothing to play for on the last game of the season. BTW, Cousins had 1 TD and 2 Ints and a 74.3 rating in that game. Given the circumstances, all they needed that day was an average game from Cousins to win. He had a terrible game…against backup players as the Giants rested most of their guys throughout the game.

    Don’t ever let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

  116. logicalvoicesays says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    Kurt Cousins was never better than Robert Griffin. He can thank one thing for his rise.

    Skin color.

    RGIII was the more talented player and I thank GOD Cousins is gone. Loser QB when it matter. Perfect for his new loser franchise.

    —————————-

    I though all of your other posts were just plain dumb. This one, may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen posted on the internet. It’s unbelievable that somebody actually believes RGIII is not in the NFL because of his skin color. Any team will do anything they can to win, no way a team cuts off its own nose, to spite its face.

  117. I’ve said this many times and here I go again:

    The ONLY measure of a QB is how he performs in the last 2 minutes of a game with the fate of the universe on the line.

    Brady has made his bones – many times. His successor when he is gone?

    DeShaun Watson.

  118. Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Case Keenum. These teams are basically picking up the same exact quarterbacks they already had.

  119. That’s a lot of cash for a guy most people don’t think is a top 10 QB.

    Not that he’s bad, but there are 10-12 legitimately better QB’s out there.

    The money doesn’t necessarily follow the trail though.

  120. stellarperformance says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Cousins may do well. The Vikings are betting he will. But he doesn’t present a Viking threat in the division, because the Vikings have already had three years in a row of Pro-Bowl caliber play from their quarterback position. What did they accomplish?

    See what I mean?
    ________

    Well, they accomplished two division titles, so I guess that calls into question your claim that the Vikings don’t present a threat in the division.

    And only one of their QBs went to the Pro Bowl in the last three seasons.

  121. How does he compare to other QB’s? Take his salary per year and divide by the number of playoff wins. Oh, that’s right, he’s never won a playoff game. And that’s not changing this year either.

  122. Whoah Nelly! The Vikes pulled a hamster out of the hat with this one. The 4 time Super Bowl losers are going to continue down the path of disappointment and broken dreams. How much longer will these clowns continue this insult to America’s game is anyone’s guess.

  123. This is what happens when the supply of franchise QBs is a lot less than the teams who need one. By the end of next week Cousins will not be the highest paid player. Oh yeah – GB management office….. Aaron Rodgers is on line 1.

  124. Most teams insist on a couple of non-guaranteed back-end years that inevitable fail to reflect fair value.
    __________________

    The Vikings decided to make sure at the outset the whole contract would fail to reflect fair value.

  125. ehsguy72 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    One playoff game for the Redskins (lost) in four years with Cousins as their starter. I’d say “franchise qb” might be a little premature. Win something first.
    ________________________________

    That is not required before the PFT purple crew say inaccurate things. See last two years as proof.

  126. Vikings ..Not Only is this a MONUMENTAL Signing..BUT IT WILL BE A MONTUMENAL FAIL!!!!!! Unbelievable to pay a guy that is mediocre that $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  127. skolvikings7 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Everybody is talking about his record against good teams. Vikings are better then the Redskins in any year Kirk was there. So with a GREAT team behind him. Sky is the limit.

    SKOL
    ____________________

    Exactly so why are they locking up Cousins with a huge contract, whats going to happen when players like Diggs, and Barr and many of those other players are suppose to cash in?

    The Vikings are going to continue this Draft a QB that gets injury, or doesnt perform, run to FA pay a Cunningham, Moon, Favre, or Cousins, they start a few years.

    in the last 30 years its been very rare for the Vikings to have same starting QB for more than 5 years. If they want to be more consistent they will need to change that.

  128. Is Cousins that much better than Keenum where the contract is worth it? I guess we will find out, but they’ve got other guys coming up too and they won’t be able to pay everyone. Question is whether Cousins can make up for those losses or carry the team if injuries happen. We will see. Would he have carried the team in Philly last year to a win when the defense was down?

  129. chefninerapologist says:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Happy for him. But he’s way overrated.
    I doubt they win 13 games again this year. 11-5 at best
    *************************
    Really going out on a limb there, eh Ace. The odds are heavily stacked against any given team winning 13 games. It’s only happened three times, that more than two teams have won 13 games or more, over the past ten seasons.

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