Kirk Cousins loves continuity provided by Stefon Diggs deal

AP

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs signed a five-year extension with the Vikings on Tuesday and that makes quarterback Kirk Cousins a happy man.

For one thing, Cousins believes that Diggs “can do just about everything and that’s what you want in a receiver” and having a player like that is a plus for any quarterback. For another, the deal means the team has Diggs, Cousins and wide receiver Adam Thielen signed through the 2020 season and Cousins likes the certainty that comes with that arrangement.

“I love it,” Cousins said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Continuity, to me, is very important. And it’s not a luxury we have in the NFL these days. There is a lot of change year in and year out, so I’ve come to expect that and understand you can’t use that as an excuse. You have to, as the new players come in, we have to learn quickly and get caught up to speed and go. Now we have to stay healthy and keep those guys on the field.”

Continuity in Minnesota extends past the quarterback and receivers. Running back Dalvin Cook, center Pat Elflein, defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive end Danielle Hunter defensive tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Eric Kendricks, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, left tackle Riley Rieff and safety Harrison Smith are also signed through at least the 2020 season as the Vikings have been able to secure a future with most of their core players.

46 responses to “Kirk Cousins loves continuity provided by Stefon Diggs deal

  1. Welcome back to Pro Vikings Talk! Where there’s only one team worth talking about and visiting – the Vikings!

  2. Cousins has got a lot to say….I think Keenum took them to a NFC championship game last year. Not Cousins. Spoken like a man who cashed in. What do you love… 84 million guaranteed? Why is he talking about Continuing in his first year on the team?

  3. It would have been pretty bad to sign the quarterback to that big contract and then let one of his best weapons get away. Diggs also showed he’s excited to be here because he would very likely have gotten a lot more as a free agent but the Vikings couldn’t have afforded that.

  4. 84 million equals an unprecedented 3 year super bowl winning streak… Right?

  5. Signing productive players to long term deals that are cornerstones to the franchise is a difficult concept for many of the people who comment on this site. But please continue with your “cap hell” comments (despite the entire core, except Barr, being under contract through 2020) they are amusing. Keep telling yourselves that. And despite packer and patriot fans telling everybody that thielan won’t be able to resign as a result of Diggs” new deal and that Thielan will look great in a packer or patriot uniform soon, he’s included in the core that is already signed.

    Too bad.

  6. If Cousins loves continuity so much, he signed with the wrong team. How many starting QB’s have the Vikings had in just the last 10 years? They will be looking for another one when they see his red zone numbers after 2018. Cousins hasn’t won anything and tends to choke in the big games, in other words, the perfect QB for a Superbowl-less team for 57 years.

  7. 700levelvet says:
    July 31, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    Cousins has got a lot to say….I think Keenum took them to a NFC championship game last year. Not Cousins. Spoken like a man who cashed in. What do you love… 84 million guaranteed? Why is he talking about Continuing in his first year on the team?

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    I think the Defense had a little to do with it. I loved Case last year, but he didin’t win many if any games for them. What he did was not lose more than a couple games for them. Kirk is just sharing his appreciation of an organization who takes care of the players who work hard and give their all to the team. As a long time fan this is the best run this organization has been. The owners are top notch and spare no expense, and they put the right people in charge and stay out of their way.

  8. It’s getting very hard to restrain my excitement and rein in my expectations. If the vikings do end up making it to the superbowl then I vote for Spielmen and Brzzinski for Co-MVPs.

  9. ariani1985 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    You can almost smell the stale urine running down the packer fans zubas with the news!
    _________________

    Umm…..ariana, take a good look down into your lap and I think you’ll realize where that smell’s coming from.
    And you better clean yourself up fast before your mom finds out.

  10. Spoken like a guy who bailed . Do these fools even realize what they say half the time ?

  11. Love the signing. Diggs has more receptions, yards, and TDs in his first three years than Antonio Brown did in his first three years. And Brown didn’t have nearly the QB carousel that Diggs had to deal with. Can’t wait to see what Diggs, Thielen and Cousins can accomplish in the next three years.

  12. whatjusthapped says:
    July 31, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    If Cousins loves continuity so much, he signed with the wrong team. How many starting QB’s have the Vikings had in just the last 10 years?

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    Do you realize that Minnesota signed him because of that fact, right? You’re not just a moron, right???

  13. Glad the Vikes have been able to draft and develop so many pro-bowl quality players — just wish they could have done so at QB. Continuity is a good thing and this team’s roster is loaded; however, this team may struggle at the outset to adapt to the new coordinator and offensive coordinator. Combine that with a tough schedule, and this season won’t be the cake-walk it was in 2017.

  14. With articles saying that Cousins was having problems learning the playbook and one just now about how Washington is expanding the playbook with their new QB, one would think that Vikes fans would ease off of their annual ‘WE ARE THE BEST TEAM EVER’ rhetoric.

    Nope.

    I guess it’s due to the fact that teams that replace their OC, DC, and QB typically do really well.

  15. 700levelvet says:
    July 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    The same defense that has a 34-7 tattoo?

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    When you try to troll but get the score wrong.

  16. You should know the score. The greatest defense ever assembled… you tell me

  17. Was it 38-7? A complete ass kicking… did you sing the skil song? Tell me,how great that defense is again

  18. wafflestomp says:
    July 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    You can almost smell the stale urine running down the packer fans zubas with the news!
    _________________
    Umm…..ariana, take a good look down into your lap and I think you’ll realize where that smell’s coming from.
    And you better clean yourself up fast before your mom finds out.
    ==========================================================================================
    52 straight hours of Fortnite can do that to a boy.

  19. Oh… and of course, let’s not forget seat licenses.

    “The licenses are a particularly horrible shakedown that professional sports teams foist on their customers, basically grabbing quick cash for the right to buy tickets. The stadium-builder licenses are required for 49,700 seats in the 66,200-seat stadium, the Star Tribune says. License prices ranged from $500 to $9,500 and once you own one, you can buy a season ticket at full price.”

  20. It’s going to be tough for the Vikings to win 13 games.
    I am a die hard fan, but I don’t think they win more than 10 games.

    Vikings fans pumping their chests are setting up for a fall.

  21. 700levelvet
    Jul 31, 2018, 4:32 PM EDT
    Was it 38-7? A complete ass kicking… did you sing the skil song? Tell me,how great that defense is again.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Better than your defense. Period. Just not that day when the offense throws its first pick 6 of the year and turned it over 5 times, more than they did all year. If you know football 7000 or whoever you are momentum is a real bitch.
    Come line up this year, Vikings D will be one of the best and be playing for it all!

  22. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 31, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    It’s nice to have a QB that loves something other than himself.
    ________________

    And it’s even better having one capable of winning a Super Bowl. 😉

  23. If he loves continuity, why did he stipulate only a three year deal? He could easily have gotten five or six years.

    Continuity for as long as he’s around, that’s all he really cares.

    Meanwhile, reports out of Denver are that Keenum is looking BETTER than last year and the WRs are making great plays…Minny fans may be very sad by season’s end.

  24. Vikes signed all their guys A A Ron STILL without a contract …..Packers fans nervous….hahaha

  25. That’s a good, young, and promising core of players (mostly drafted by the Vikes, too) that is really just awesome for them. Most teams would love to have that many solid starters in place for a couple of years. The Vikings could use some improvement from their O-line, thought-Keenum was pressured a lot last year and while Elflein has plenty of room to grow and build on to contribute in the future, Reiff was actually pretty disappointing for them, especially considering his play in Detroit. Remmers was okay, but he is a much better run blocker than he is a pass blocker. Now that Joe Berger is retired, they have some work to do, and the tragic passing of Coach Sparano will make things difficult, as well as having a new QB.

    But having all of these players signed for the long term-especially seeing as nearly all of them are the Vikings’ best players-will alleviate a lot of the pressure there.

  26. 700levelvet says:
    July 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Was it 38-7? A complete ass kicking… did you sing the skil song? Tell me,how great that defense is again.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
    You know nothing read this :

    Jason Kelce told SI.com that when the Eagles were preparing for the Patriots, they felt like Bill Belichick and his staff had dragged inferior defensive talent to the Super Bowl.

    “The last defense we had seen was Minnesota’s, and we were like, ‘These dudes have got some players.’

  27. The Truth says:
    July 31, 2018 at 3:34 pm
    Spoken like a guy who bailed . Do these fools even realize what they say half the time ?

    Are you honestly trying to say that cousins bailed on the skins? Come on now, they did everything in the world to push him away. They showed no desire to try to extend him because they are apparently too dumb to realize how expensive it is to tag a qb two years in a row. They tried to reduce his value completely and the trade for Alex Smith came way before cousins even started talking to teams. Seems to me like they bailed on him. Which is pretty messed up considering he was the only player on their entire roster who was any good at all or put up anything better than average stats. They couldn’t win any games regardless of his impressive play.

  28. tokyosandblaster says:
    July 31, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    With articles saying that Cousins was having problems learning the playbook and one just now about how Washington is expanding the playbook with their new QB, one would think that Vikes fans would ease off of their annual ‘WE ARE THE BEST TEAM EVER’ rhetoric.

    Nope.

    I guess it’s due to the fact that teams that replace their OC, DC, and QB typically do really well.

    I think you’re seriously stretching the reports you’re quoting. Cousins isn’t having trouble learning the playbook, the reports I read are that he’s experiencing difficulties almost all players who switch teams or coordinaters have. Not that he’s having trouble with the playbook, just that it takes quite a lot of difficulty and effort learning a new offense period. Don’t imply that these reports are in response to cousins intelligence. And as far as Smith, a lot of teams will say they’re gonna open up the playbook for a new qb so he looks like he’s really talented. They’re opening the playbook because they have to change they’re passing playcalling tendencies to suit the skills of Smith. Quicker shorter routes is really what they mean.

  29. Idk why you guys are acting like cousins isn’t justified in feeling this way about the teams continuity. Look at the roster he’s been dealing with year after year in Washington. Constant player and coaching changes, never knowing who was gonna be there day to day. This will be his first time, as it would most players, experiencing getting to join a team who is extending pretty much a couple of entire draft classes because they drafted so well. I’m sure he is enjoying knowing that in 2020 he’s going to be playing with at least 13 of the players on this loaded team from this year. It’s rare in this business to be able to hang on to a roster or players like this

  30. got to love Vikings fans they talk like they have 3-4 Lombardi trophies…. what’s that? they don’t even have one…ahahaha!!

  31. I do not get why everyone is soo negative on Kirk before he has even played a down with this team. Yes he maybe could have done better in Washington but that team has been poorly ran in recent years.

    The Vikings have a positive winning record in the Zimmer era with QB way below Kirk Cousin’s. You do realize that don’t you? This team is way more stable than Washington. Good owners, and front office who have drafted well lately and are retaining the players. Players are taking less money to be here.

    Course we do not know for certain if a new scenery helps Kirk. That’s why we watch the games.

  32. Also again why are people knocking Kirks comments about continuity? Yes this is his first year, but he is glad to see talented players who will be there with him for at least his first 3 years (or longer if he stays). Having talented WR’s like Diggs, and Thielen for many years, is something he didn’t have in DC. They changed his receivers every year.

  33. You have to, as the new players come in, we have to learn quickly and get caught up to speed and go.”

    How is that fire hose faucet anyhow?

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