Rick Spielman on Kirk Cousins contract: Always looking at where cap will be next year

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins signed a two-year contract extension in 2020 that tied him to the team through the 2022 season and set him up to have a fully guaranteed $35 million base salary and $45 million cap hit.

That would make up a sizable percentage of the team’s cap and that’s led to speculation about whether the Vikings will work on another extension that lowers Cousins’ cap hit while keeping him around for a longer spell. On Tuesday, General Manager Rick Spielman offered little hint about the team’s plans while saying that he and executive vice president Rob Brzezinski are always looking at long-term cap planning.

“We’ve already looked at that two years ago. We looked at it this offseason. It’s all part of roster planning,” Spielman said, via the team’s website. “You’re always continuing to look forward where we’re projecting the cap will be next year. I’ll sit down with Rob at the midway point and see where our guys are playing and where we’re at cap-wise.”

Cousins had a poor game against the Browns in a Week Four loss, but has played well otherwise while completing just under 70 percent of his passes and throwing 13 touchdowns against two interceptions. A full year of that kind of production would probably make an extension likelier before the 2022 season gets underway.

18 responses to “Rick Spielman on Kirk Cousins contract: Always looking at where cap will be next year

  1. I’m just glad that kicker missed the 47 yarder at the end of regulation…

    … so we didn’t have to see Cousins and Zimmer fight in public. again.

  2. If there’s one thing we know about Kirk Cousins, he won’t give an inch in getting max pay.

  3. Congratulations, Vikings fan! Extending Cousins is asinine. Remember when Vikings fans were saying they’d rather have Kurt than Stafford??? Hilarious!

  4. Cousins was so smart leaving that dumpster fire of a team in DC (still don’t have a name!). He was the best prospect of a franchise QB the team had since Sonny and they messed around and lost him. How many QBs since then? How many QBs since the last Super Bowl? Everyone jumped on him not be a good QB. Some wanted RDG3 (that was the the Washington team’s biggest draft mistake in their entire history! Who pushed for that? The owner, Dan (chaos) Snyder. Who has decimated the team’s pride and history (Dan Snyder)? Who is the worst owner in sports (Dan Snyder)? I would love for the DC team to have Cousins instead of all the mistakes in QBs we have had.

  5. Kirk Cousins Last 15 games
    110.1 Rating
    4,186 yards
    34 TD’s
    5Int’s
    69.9%

    Most TD Passes, Score Margin of Gm Within 3pts, Since Start of 2020:

    Aaron Rodgers (25)
    Kirk Cousins (21)
    Patrick Mahomes (21)
    Tom Brady (21)
    Russell Wilson (21)

    Kirk Cousins took the fourth-fewest career games to reach 30,000 passing yards:

    Matthew Stafford 109
    Dan Marino 114
    Kurt Warner 114
    Peyton Manning 115
    Kirk Cousins 115

    Only three QBs in NFL history have surpassed 30,000 passing yards and 200 TD’s in their fist 115 games played
    -Dan Marino
    -Peyton Manning
    -KIRK COUSINS

  6. I don’t know if Dan Snyder is the worst owner, I mean the Fords have to be right there with him. It has to be a tie!

  7. General Manager Rick Spielman offered little hint about the team’s plans while saying that he and executive vice president Rob Brzezinski are always looking at long-term cap planning.

    +++++

    That didn’t stop them from brushing up against cap hell for a few seasons. World-class magicians and whatnot.

  8. commentsareforclosers says:
    October 20, 2021 at 9:19 am
    Nice stats! You do know they don’t count as Ws or Championships, right?

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Cousins has great receivers in Minn, but who did he have in DC? Championships cannot be the only measure for a QB. You know it takes a team to win championships right? Dan Fouts & Warren Moon – two GREAT HOF QBs that never even went to Superbowl. I’m not putting Cousins in the HOF just yet. I’m simply destroying your rhetoric.

  9. Kirk’s stats have always been great but the difference this year is he’s leading clutch drives in the fourth quarter and overtime to tie or win the game. It used to be that if his team was trailing by one score with less than two minutes left, you knew he probably wouldn’t get a first down, let alone a score. Look what he’s done this year:

    At Cincinnati, led a drive for a game-tying field goal as the clock ran out.
    Was leading a drive to win the game in OT but Cook’s phantom fumble on the Cincy 41 ended it.
    At Arizona, led a drive to kick a game-winning 37-yard field goal as time ran out. The stupid kicker missed it.
    Against Detroit, led a game-winning field goal drive as time ran out.
    At Carolina, led a drive to kick a game-winning 47-yard field goal as time ran out. The stupid kicker missed it.
    Took the OT kickoff and drove 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

    I don’t know if they should extend him or not, but you can’t use the same criticisms against Kirk that you used to. If they trade him, he’s worth a minimum of two first-round picks at this point.

  10. CAptain obvious here, but Cousins is not the problem. The offense has been scoring a lot of points for the last 2 years. The problem is they can stop anyone. Zimmer needs to go…and take his aging secondary with him.

    And for the record, Cousins is more mobile than Tom Brady. And while comparing the mobility of those two QB’s is like two bald men fighting over a comb, it illustrates perfectly that if you put an O-Line that can offer protection in front of any NFL QB, they’ll move the ball up and down the field. Elite or not.

  11. So what are we doing with Kellen Mond then? Having him tie Kurt’s masks behind his ears?

  12. Absolutely do not give this man another dime or another year. Kirk Cousins is only a stats quarterback, not a leader. He is all about himself and no other. Guaranteed his true colors will show up once again in prime time on Halloween night against the Cowboys and prove that he cannot win the big games. GO VIKES!

  13. Our Kirk has great stats. Wish that would translate to wins and titles. Oh well, we have stats . . .

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