Agent: Vikings didn’t offer Cousins most money

AP

Kirk Cousins met the media after signing his fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings Thursday and said that the reason he came to Minnesota wasn’t just about the contract.

Cousins said the deal “is what it is,” but said that the organization is what excites him about coming to a place he said he expects to spend the rest of his career. While breaking down the steps that led to Minnesota, Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney told a similar story.

McCartney admitted that “it was important for him to surpass Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract,” but said that Cousins didn’t take the biggest offer on the table.

“Two things I kept saying to Kirk,” McCartney said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “Money is important, contract is important but I want you on a daily basis to jump out of bed excited to go to work, to go into a building that has a great culture and a chance to win. But at the same token at the end of the day, I want you to get excited to go home where your wife and family are flourishing and if we can find both of those I think we’ve done our job.”

McCartney didn’t say which team offered Cousins more money than the Vikings, but reporting leading up to his decision suggests the Jets are a good candidate. McCartney also didn’t say anything about the length of the other team’s offer or if it was fully guaranteed, both of which were surely significant pieces of information for Cousins and company when they were figuring out their next stop.

69 responses to “Agent: Vikings didn’t offer Cousins most money

  1. So a guy with three straight years of over 4,000 yards passing, 25+ TDs, and over 90 QB rating gets $500,000 more per year than a guy with seven career starts and people are complaining that he’s overpaid?

  2. Best place to live and raise a family…Check..
    Best Coaching Staff… Check
    Super Bowl Bound..check
    Welcome to Minnesota!

    I have spent time in most of these here States, I cant think of a better one to live. I wouldn’t let my Dog Kennel in many including Wisconsin!

  3. So what do you get for a “guaranteed three-year, $84 million?”

    8-8, 8-8 and 8-8

  4. I wish Cousins all the best – the way the Redskins treated him is enough for me to divorce my favorite team of 48 years. I’ve had enough of this garbage.

  5. In the biggest game of the year, the defense gave up 31 points to a backup QB.

    The answer? Pay a QB $84 million guaranteed.

    Problem solved!

  6. I just noticed this. Here are Cousins’ stat lines in his two career games against Green Bay:

    29-46-329-1-0, 91.7 rating, 1 rush TD, 35-18 loss in wildcard game
    21-30-375-3-0, 145.8 rating, 42-24 win

  7. Cousins: 1 playoff game – lost (to Packers) Career stats: 99 TDs and 55 Interceptions.
    Aaron Rodgers: SB MVP, Career stats: – 313 TD and 78 INT…

    Yeah, seem like they oughta be comparable in value….

  8. The fear being displayed by not only the cheesers but all the second rate teams is amazing. Shows me that Spielman and Zim crushed it once again. It’s good for Vikes fans to have nice things.

  9. I love how all these “fans” are talking about Cousins past. Want some facts?

    25+ Touchdowns
    4000+ Passing Yards

    In each of his 3 seasons as a starter with no supporting cast. He is now in Minnesota with the best defense in the league, two phenomenal WR’s in Thielen and Diggs, a superb TE in Rudolph, and the RB who was, and would have led the league in rushing when he was injured in Dalvin Cook. He will now have weapons at his disposal at every turn, and a OL that will protect him. His numbers will be more like

    30+ Touchdowns
    5000+ Passing Yards

    But then again, I wouldn’t expect you “fans” to comprehend that seeing as though you said you were gonna win the division last year with Brett Hundley. Stupid is as stupid does.

  10. For the Vikings sake, I hope Cousins turns out to be all they hope because they have crippled their finances for the next three years no matter how he plays or even if he doesn’t.

  11. it would have taken the Jets as many as 3 years to build a team to contend for a playoff berth, and by that time cousins’ contract would be expiring. The Vikings will be a contender for the Super Bowl berth next season since they made it to the NFC CG this past season.

  12. No, but they likely offered him too much.

    I am not so certain that they are an automatic contender with or without Cousins. Competitive yes, but auto-contender for the Super Bowl, no. They barely got out of the Division round, got hammered in the NFCCG, and it wasn’t because of Case Keenum. The Packers lost their starter (who is a little more integral than say, Bradford), I still don’t know what is going on in Detroit, and Chicago should be on the rise this year. NFC North should be competitive, and the Vikings are still the Vikings.

  13. He left money on the table because it wasn’t about the money. Yet one stipulation to signing a deal was to be the highest paid player in the league? This guy has been and always will be about the money over everything, don’t begrudge him for it. Get what you can, but whoever he plays for will be getting a player who is looking out for himself over the team. The guy is probably the 16th best QB in the league and has used the hype from his contract issues with the Redskins to make money, good for him but it’s not good for the league when a middle of the road AN I’d making more money than guys who are clearly better QBs than he is.

  14. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    He is now in Minnesota with the best defense in the league,

    —————
    Gotta differ with that one. The past 2 years the defense was the part that broke down and ended the season for the Vikings. They have some decent flashes but can’t close the deal.

  15. Agent was basically whining about how much commissions “he” missed out on by the Cousins signing.

  16. Stats are fun! Here are some from the 2017 season:

    Cousins: 16 games
    Completion % = 64.3
    Pass yards/game = 255.8
    TD = 27
    INT = 13
    Fumbles Lost = 5
    Rating = 93.9
    $28M/year

    Keenum: 15 games
    Completion % = 67.6
    Pass yards/game = 236.5
    TD = 22
    INT = 7
    Fumbles Lost = 1
    Rating = 98.3
    $18M/year

    I’d put up the playoff stats as well, but Cousins didn’t have any. $10M/year difference? Why the Vikings didn’t try to keep Keenum is a tribute to their extensive Super Bowl success.

  17. mypercyhurts2 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Stats are fun! Here are some from the 2017 season:

    Cousins: 16 games
    Completion % = 64.3
    Pass yards/game = 255.8
    TD = 27
    INT = 13
    Fumbles Lost = 5
    Rating = 93.9
    $28M/year

    Keenum: 15 games
    Completion % = 67.6
    Pass yards/game = 236.5
    TD = 22
    INT = 7
    Fumbles Lost = 1
    Rating = 98.3
    $18M/year

    Numbers are fun, but deceptive. The above means nothing. The only way it would be valid is if Cousins played with the same Vikings offense, with the same players, was as familiar with the Vikings system as Keenum, and played against exactly the same opponents under identical conditions.

  18. I think the Jets will have the last laugh when he falls on his face and the Vikings go 7-9 this year. Meanwhile, the Jets will go between 7-9 and 10-6 with McCown/Bridgewater/Rookie at the helm.

  19. As a Life long Viking supporter.. I will go on record now as saying the Vikings will never win a Super Bowl with Cousins.. Can’t just throw money at something and expect to have success.. They have Mortgaged their future on one player.

    WE’ll all know Jan- Feb 2019..

  20. So with Cousins, Vikings would be 8-8 through out 3 seasons, according to some jealous fans on the opposing team. But with Case and Bradford Vikings would be better, which they’re supposed to be 7-9 or 6-10 Ok. Cousins is a ton better than all of the three that were let go. Watch Cousins win Super Bowls and you all will be red faces.

  21. Overpaying for an average QB because you are desperate isn’t smart. Glad the Vikings signed him. Paying a QB that is maybe top 15 like he is Aaron Rodgers will only hurt you. Better get your 1st Super Bowl next year because it won’t happen after that.

  22. Cousins has the best shot at winning a super bowl in Minnesota. That will lead to even more money. So he actually did go to the place that offered the most money, it just isn’t going to happen as fast. Plus, it’s pretty obvious he hated going into that Redskins complex every day, and his wife hated the D.C area (I’m reading between the lines, but it’s fairly clear).

  23. What do you mean? Nothing says ‘home sweet home’ quite like Florham Park, N.J. (as long as you can get off 24 – NJers know what I’m saying’)

  24. The guarantee is not mentioned until the end of the story. You can be sure nobody else was offering the amount of guaranteed money that the Vikes were.

  25. mccarthyisamoron says:
    March 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    $84mil gets you a condo with one parking spot in NYC, or 10 mega-mansions in MN.

    ****

    Which is why the vast majority of people living in NYC are broke.

  26. Seriously, why do you think there was only one (1) other team, reeking of desperation, seeking his services?
    Please, I would like a legitimate answer.

    84 million guaranteed, just bought the Barneys the 3rd best QB in the division.
    A quarterback who’s sported a sub .500 record as a starter and lodged only one postseason appearance.
    Hammered by the Green Bay Packers at home in that game.
    Enjoy!

  27. Numbers are fun, but deceptive. The above means nothing. The only way it would be valid is if Cousins played with the same Vikings offense, with the same players, was as familiar with the Vikings system as Keenum, and played against exactly the same opponents under identical conditions.
    _____________

    Statistics aren’t just numbers, they drive every professional sport. Not just who gets drafted, but who gets traded, and who people choose in betting pools. Historical statistics are the only facts you have when you can’t reproduce exact same environmental results.

  28. Whether true or not (I think not), this is clearly just a PR stunt to distract from the fact that he was grossly overpaid and has zero loyalty to this team or any other.

    It is SO CUTE though to see the MIN fans once again rationalizing their way to multiple Super Bowl wins, in the 40-somethingth offseason since they even appeared in a super bowl.
    I remember just a scant few months ago, how I saw multiple posts every day about how someone couldn’t see another loss on the schedule, they would win all the way, because they are the best TEAM and their hated rivals were all about ONE PLAYER…Well now Aaron Rodgers is 3rd-highest paid in this lowly division, and the Vikings have put all their eggs in the Cousins basket, like Bradford and Favre before him. But, SERIOUSLY, this time, THIS TIME, it will all work out!!

  29. You know what’s a weird stat. The 4 highest paid players in the NFL have a total of ZERO playoff wins. Cousins, Jimmy G, stafford, and Carr… does that make sense to anyone on here??

  30. My above post isn’t a knock on cousins either. I think he is a pretty good qb. Just a knock on the system in general. If PFT does an article on this stat I want a cut lol

  31. Ferdinand says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    For the Vikings sake, I hope Cousins turns out to be all they hope because they have crippled their finances for the next three years no matter how he plays or even if he doesn’t.
    ====================
    Take a look at their cap situation at overthecap.com. Vikes are in a very good position to keep this team together…very good. BTW: they have $60M this year. They will front load Cousins.

  32. norrismen17 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm
    Ferdinand says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    For the Vikings sake, I hope Cousins turns out to be all they hope because they have crippled their finances for the next three years no matter how he plays or even if he doesn’t.
    ====================
    Take a look at their cap situation at overthecap.com. Vikes are in a very good position to keep this team together…very good. BTW: they have $60M this year. They will front load Cousins

    His cap charge for 2018 is only 24mil. Not front loaded at all…. It was very easy to find with google

  33. “Watch Cousins win Super Bowls and you all will be red faces.”

    You would know about being red faces, having predicted the Vikings would beat the Eagles by at least 2 TDs in the NFC Championship. Carry on.

  34. charliecharger says:
    March 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    Cousins has the best shot at winning a super bowl in Minnesota. That will lead to even more money. So he actually did go to the place that offered the most money, it just isn’t going to happen as fast. Plus, it’s pretty obvious he hated going into that Redskins complex every day, and his wife hated the D.C area (I’m reading between the lines, but it’s fairly clear).

    ———————–

    I hope you advise no one on finances. Money in the bank is far more valuable then money if you win a Super Bowl. What happens if he gets hurt or on the off chance they don’t win a title?

  35. You guys can say he is overpaid, and it might be true. The contract is VERY unpopular among the other 31 NFL teams as it now set a precedence for a large, fully guaranteed contract. The funniest thing about it is, the team that’s going to be hurt most by Cousins’ contract is not the Vikings, but the Green Bay Packers. Why? It’s no secret that Rodgers has been waiting to see how this all plays out and his soon-to-be contract is not going to be on the order of $84M fully guaranteed, but closer to $100M fully guaranteed. Troll Level: Expert by Spielman and Co. That’s how you play 4D chess.

  36. Berserk for Kirk says:
    March 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    I just noticed this. Here are Cousins’ stat lines in his two career games against Green Bay:

    29-46-329-1-0, 91.7 rating, 1 rush TD, 35-18 loss in wildcard game
    21-30-375-3-0, 145.8 rating, 42-24 win

    —-_——————
    Dude. Everyone has been killing the packer defense for years. This isn’t even good trolling. It’s the bar.

    Signed, Packer Fan

  37. It’s not important who offered the most money. It isn’t about the money.

  38. billbrasky72 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 11:11 pm
    You guys can say he is overpaid, and it might be true. The contract is VERY unpopular among the other 31 NFL teams as it now set a precedence for a large, fully guaranteed contract. The funniest thing about it is, the team that’s going to be hurt most by Cousins’ contract is not the Vikings, but the Green Bay Packers. Why? It’s no secret that Rodgers has been waiting to see how this all plays out and his soon-to-be contract is not going to be on the order of $84M fully guaranteed, but closer to $100M fully guaranteed. Troll Level: Expert by Spielman and Co. That’s how you play 4D chess.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    So, the Vikings have successfully playied 4D Chess for the sole purpose of sabotaging the Packers? They already knew Cousins is no better than Bradford, Bridgewater, or Keenum, and they signed him anyway, because it’s more important the Packers lose than the Vikings win? Case closed? Did I interpret your point correctly?

  39. BuckyBadger says:
    Overpaying for an average QB because you are desperate isn’t smart. Glad the Vikings signed him. Paying a QB that is maybe top 15 like he is Aaron Rodgers will only hurt you. Better get your 1st Super Bowl next year because it won’t happen after that.
    ——–
    They are overpaying him, because they believe that this is their window and cousins was the best available. Plus they didnt have to give away draft picks. You simply are not going to get Aaron Rodgers in Free Agency and a Rookie QB is a crapshoot.

    He isnt Aaron Rodgers, but I would say Cousins is in the top 1/3 of QBs, so top 11 or 12.

  40. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    I love how all these “fans” are talking about Cousins past. Want some facts?

    25+ Touchdowns
    4000+ Passing Yards
    ___________________

    More facts,Struggles against good teams, ZERO playoff wins. The best way that Cousins will help the Vikings is DRIVING up Rodgers price.

    Enjoy those yards, I hope they help your fantasy football team.

  41. Here are some stats. Over the past 3 seasons.

    Cousins has 81 TD passes and 35 INT’s

    He has a 67% completion percentage over the past 3 seasons. That’s the 3rd best mark over the past 3 seasons so only 2 other QB’s have completed a higher percentage of passes. Oh yeah, Kirk wasn’t playing indoors in DC while doing that.

    Cousins had the 4th highest yards per pass attempt over the past 3 seasons. I mean in many of these stats, just like 2 or 3 QB’s have bettered him over the past 3 seasons.

    So Kirk wasn’t just a one year wonder.

    He has a 97.5 QB rating over that period.

    He’s thrown for over 13,100 yards over the last 3 seasons.

    Yeah, pretty much everyone on here knows Kirk has thrown for over 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. While some will know this next factoid, many don’t. Kirk is only the 11th QB in the history of the NFL to throw for 4,000 plus yards in 3 consecutive seasons. Only 10 QB’s other than him have ever done this.

    I’ll end with this factoid y’all.

    Last season, Kirk Cousins led the NFL with four 4th quarter game winning drives.

  42. I would have liked to see Case get a shot to continue with the Vikings, but things seem to work out good for him.

    In the past I also enjoyed watching Kirk Cousins play and thought he seemed like a solid quarterback. As we have seen this last season with the quarterbacks that previously had struggled jumped in on good teams and made great playoff runs, sometimes the fit of the team around a quarterback can make a big difference in their play and how they get perceived. If Kirk meshes well with the rest of the pieces on the offense, he has the potential to be a monster.

  43. stellarperformance says:

    Did I interpret your point correctly?
    #####

    As usual, the point flew right over your head.

    Either that, or you are living in denial.

    As to Cousins being no better than Bradford, Bridgewater or Keenum… Any reasonable person understands that until Bradford and Bridgewater prove they can play again – they have to be considered damaged goods.

    Just like Aaron Rodgers (please rewatch the Carolina game from last year when after being “medically cleared to play”) Rodgers couldn’t complete a deep pass {and was intercepted 3 times attemping to complete one).

    You play checkers, I play chess.

  44. shaggytoodle says:

    March 16, 2018 at 12:46 am

    ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    I love how all these “fans” are talking about Cousins past. Want some facts?

    25+ Touchdowns
    4000+ Passing Yards
    ___________________

    More facts,Struggles against good teams, ZERO playoff wins. The best way that Cousins will help the Vikings is DRIVING up Rodgers price.

    Enjoy those yards, I hope they help your fantasy football team.

    ——–

    How good was his offensive line, and defense the past 3 years? Not very good. It’s a team sport. They said the same thing about Bradford, and nobody even gave Case Keenum a chance and both flourished here. Cousin’s has better stats than both and stays healthy. The Win losses thing is stupid because it’s a team sport. Drew Brees had a losing record when he moved from the Chargers to the Saints. Is he bad? He has only played in one playoff game because his defense requires him to score 30 points or more a game to even have a chance.

  45. mrbiggstuff says:
    March 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    In the biggest game of the year, the defense gave up 31 points to a backup QB.

    The answer? Pay a QB $84 million guaranteed.

    Problem solved!

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    Keenum gave up a pick 6 that game. The defense only gave up 24. Keenum also fumbled late in the first half when the Vikings were deep in Eagles territory. If Keenum doesn’t turn the ball over there, the game more than likely would have either been tied or only a four point game at the half.

  46. Everyone grumbling about this just doesn’t get it. 84 million guaranteed is a lot. But that is the QB Market. Cousins (stats wise) is a top 10 QB. He has no health concerns, and in his prime. That is like a unicorn when it comes to free agency. It’s going to cost money. And thanks to the Stafford and JimmyG deals the QB market is out of control. Each new decent QB that gets resigned has to be the highest pay player. Just the market.

    Case played good last year. Did he play good the years before? No he didn’t. With Cousin’s you might not get way better results (a 15-0 record), but based on his history you have a higher probability of a high level of Production from him. Throwing 4,000 yards, 25+ the past 3 years is history of high production but in a bad situation. Case had high production in a good situation. Will he do it again? What you are paying for is consistently at QB. That is a valuable thing that many teams take for granted. Constancy at the most important position helps your odds of being successful. That is why they are spending this money.

    The Vikings also need to correct mistakes on defense that showed up in the NFC Championship game and keep building the Oline.

    The Vikings have plenty of cap space so this contract will not kill the team. They may lose one defensive player next year. One!

  47. Since he becomes (for the moment) the highest paid player, it really doesn’t matter if someone offered more or not. Although, I can’t expect that any bigger offer was different by any significant amount.

    But, this is agent talk to try to bring other clients to him. Plus, if someone offered 4 years for $90 million, which would be a lower AAV, the agent can still claim they didn’t take the most money, even if they took the best deal.

  48. stellarperformance says:

    Did I interpret your point correctly?
    —————————————-
    Not even close. That’s not how 4D chess works. Vikings got their guy and simultaneously set up his contract so that Aaron Rodger’s upcoming contract will be very crippling to the Packers.

  49. wonder how long it will take zimmer to throw him under the bus like he did to keenum and Bradford.

  50. Easy to believe. If the difference was a few million guaranteed and jets or browns vs minny, pretty easy choice.

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