Kirk Cousins and the Vikings agree to a one-year extension

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Kirk Cousins has made it to the playoffs once in four years with the Vikings. He’ll now get at least two more tries.

Agent Mike McCartney has announced that Cousins has agreed to a one-year extension with the Vikings.

Cousins was due to make $35 million in 2022. Via NFL Media, he has signed a one-year extension, at another $35 million. His pay this year increases to $40 million.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Cousins’s cap number for 2022 drops from $45.166 million to $31.25 million.

The deal also has a no-trade clause.

Depending on the structure, the Vikings may end up in the same mess next year, without the option of trading Cousins. Given the reports that they were interested in Deshaun Watson, a trade wasn’t out of the question.

That said, coach Kevin O’Connell praised Cousins at the Scouting Combine. The video of the interview is attached.

89 responses to “Kirk Cousins and the Vikings agree to a one-year extension

  1. Its almost as if they are trying to sneak this in under the radar of some other QB news.

  2. 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

    And this is why we haven’t won a SB in 60+ years, and why we won’t anytime soon. Stupid people making the most important decisions. Cousins has done nothing in his career except collect paychecks.

  3. Cousins will be booed for 2 years straight and so will the GM, this is a franchise killer move

  4. Rodgers comes back, Bears in full rebuild, and Vikings go all in on Cousins again! Are we living in a dream world? Wow!

  5. Drop back to pass, dink around slapping the ball, might get sacked, and eventually get the ball out if everything goes right. Other than the inability to find a serviceable offensive line and a kicker for years, dumb decisions like keeping Kirk Cousins around are the obvious reasons why the Vikings will continue to be a above average team yearly. Good job on your success on being mediocre Vikes. It’s almost like Rogers returns to the Pack and the Vikes just throw up their hands and hand the north title to them over and over again if the Pack wants it. The Vikings act like they’re scared of success.

  6. Has there ever been a player to cash in on the salary cap system better than Kirk Cousins?!

  7. Big mistake. Let’s see if Kurt can get two GMs and 2 coaches with the same team fired.

  8. They say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is a perfect example.

    Exactly why did the Vikings fire Spielman and then hire a guy that does exactly what Spielman would have done? That is, overpaying for mediocre players and destroying the future salary cap by kicking the money down the road.

    The first time Cousins falls on his face, Kevin O’Connell’s honeymoon period will be over. Kevin O’Connell and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah just signed their own career death warrants.

    I have LITERALLY seen every Viking game since 1968, after this fiasco, I’m done.

  9. If i’m not mistaken…Fran Tarkenton was seen with a single purple tear gently rolling down his cheek.

  10. The point is to make him tradeable without the Vikings giving up any $$$. Hello Jimmy G for a season. Hubter is def gone now

  11. Folks will bitch and whine about this, but $35M/yr is market for an above average (not elite) QB. I was frankly worried they’d cave at $40M/yr. With 2 voidable years this allows the team to spread the cap to future years when TV contracts kick in the cap increase. That gives the team time to draft a replacement. This QB draft stinks, and unless you want to trade for a scumbag that exposed himself to 30 or so massage therapists, there were zero other options in 2022. Not a Cousins fan, but even less of a fan of the alternatives.

  12. Cousins career W/L record in 59-59-2 with a 67% completion factor and 223:91 TD:INT ratio. The definition of avg to slightly below avg. The average NFL team has a current cap cost at the QB position of $21.2M (the position, meaning starters AND back-ups; rookie and veteran contracts). Yet the Vikings lock in an avg QB for another 2 years at 75% above avg cost? (Positionally, they’re probably 100% above) Amazing. The IQ of being an NFL GM is not very high.

  13. I don’t know what’s worse – massively overpaying a Cousins who will never be the guy, or wasting a first on and sticking with a Mac Jones who will never even be a Cousins. Can’t win with either, need a real QB in this game.

  14. This is what happens when an “analytics” GM gets hypnotized by good-looking numbers except for the ones that really count, under “W” and “L.”

  15. Good thing we brought in this new GM Who else would have thought all we had to do was give cousins a raise and extension. Kweesi your stock just tanked.

  16. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, merry Christmas in March to the nfc north.

  17. Vikings logic- If we pay Kirk Cousins an insane amount of money, can you imagine how much that would get Aaron Rodgers to ask for?

  18. The quarterback pickings in the draft this year are slim. Next year looks like it’ll be a whole lot better. If they draft a quarterback next year he can sit one year behind Cousins and then take over when kirk’s contract is up. It’s not ideal but I think I get it.

  19. Keep hating! His numbers are on par with TB12. IF he gets better coaching, a better offensive line and a better defense he wins many more games, positives that are not a reach. Time will tell…I’m a long time fan and I see a path to success.

  20. Extending Cousins twice after the original signing…Madness. Vikings gonna Vike, Zygi sees to that.

  21. “The deal also has a no-trade clause.”
    I’d like some clarity on the no trade clause statement. Does that mean he cannot be traded at all till this contract expires? Does it mean he can be traded but has veto power on any potential trades? I really thought the Vikings had the perfect scenario to trade him now. With a team (Indy) having a solid roster, plenty of cap space, and in win now mode needing only a QB. Dont understand why the Vikings would keep him and not have the option of being able to trade him.

  22. cheeseisfattening says:

    At least there is zero ambiguity about cousins wanting to be there.
    +++++++
    I guess Viking fan takes his victories where he can invent them.

  23. ragnarthegreat says:

    The quarterback pickings in the draft this year are slim. Next year looks like it’ll be a whole lot better. If they draft a quarterback next year
    +++++
    But wouldn’t it be better to ditch Cousins 8-9 record this season, go full rebuild and finish 4-13? The quarterback you would draft next season would have, presumably, higher upside/

  24. Keep hating! His numbers are on par with TB12. IF he gets better coaching, a better offensive line and a better defense he wins many more games, positives that are not a reach. Time will tell…I’m a long time fan and I see a path to success.

    I didn’t know Kirk Cousins had seven Super Bowl rings?

  25. This is up there with some of the worst Vikings deals ever. I dont care how they spin it. 2 years with a losing qb and still a cap burden is a failure at the highest level and we gave this clown a raise when nobody wanted him in a trade why???? If they did want a trade why didn’t you do it!!!

  26. 4th best rated QB this last season. Seems like a solid discount.5-4-1 vs Rodgers and wants to be on the team.Get him a defense and let’s play!

  27. This is pure speculation, but I think this explains why Harbaugh didn’t get the job. I think the Wilf’s probably asked Harbaugh what he would do with Cousins and he probably said he is not a championship quarterback and would get rid of him. I think Kevin O’Connell sold the Wilf’s a bill of sale that he can turn Cousins into championship quarterback and they foolishly bought into it. This is going to get very ugly the next two years.

  28. All of you salty bitter clowns will be eating crow when Kirk is hoisting the Lombardi as SB MVP next Feb! In KAM and KOC I trust!

  29. If this is what a young genius GM does why the h did we get rid of Spielman? He too gave Kirk extension and raise and we fired him for it

  30. What a terrible situation. 40 million and you don’t have the option of trading. Nobody pays 40 million for a guaranteed 1 year rental. Who negotiated that unless iVikings think it’s SupeBowl or bust.

  31. qckappa says:

    Keep hating! … IF he gets better coaching, a better offensive line and a better defense he wins many more games,

    ++++

    A better defense, a better offense, and better coaching will lead a QB to more wins? Daring hypothesis…

  32. 40 million for next year. If he maintains his .500 winning percentage, that is $.2.353 million for 8 wins, 8 losses and 1 tie.

  33. Cousins is not the best QB in the NFL but he does have the best agent! Able to squeeze every dollar out of every deal.

    I’m a Cowboy fan so I share your frustration (Dak). Agent outwits the Jones every time.

  34. Ha! If he gets better coaching??? Ahhhhhahahahaha! And a better o-line, and better defense, and better decision making, and a better arm, and better legs, and better feet, and a better parking spot at the practice facility??? Hahaha!!

  35. I’m a Vikings fan, and I’m cool with this. They cleared out a lot of cap room, and kept some stability at QB. Cousins wasn’t the problem last year. He was pretty solid. Would Jefferson been as good with a mediocre QB? How about Tyler Conklin?

    The big problem last year, aside from all the injuries on defense, was play calling. Obviously, Zimmer ran out of gas, and Klint Kubiak was not ready to be an OC. The new staff this year was obviously intended to push Cousins and the offense even further.

    I, for one, am actually enthusiastic about the Vikings finally having some stability at QB, after years of short-term fixes (like Sam Bradford). The Vikings are in a far better place at QB than at least half the league, who are very weak at QB.

    Plus, this keeps the Vikings from doing something really stupid, like throwing a ton of draft picks and money to get Desean Watson. Now THAT would have been a stupid move.

  36. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:35 pm
    At least there is zero ambiguity about cousins wanting to be there.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “Kirk Cousins won’t budge on contract negotiations with Vikings,” per reports.

    Spoken like a guy who really wants to be there. My guess is he enjoys laughing with his banker over coffee every payday. Who’d want to leave a gravy train of that magnitude? Why would he want to leave?

  37. Over two million per week. Is there something in the water in Minnesota that makes the GM crazy?

  38. Well from reading all these comments nobody seems to be happy about the latest news about Cousins resigning, it’s par for course for the Vikings. Cousins has to be the best con man in the NFL and even conned the new regime. Another 8 and 9 season, not gonna be fun to watch.

  39. 2 things:

    I hope they tried like heck to trade Cousins and no team would take him at a reasonable set of terms.

    I hope our new coach can find some kind of way to make Cousins not fold like a tent under pressure and be more mobile.

    I don’t know though – “Old dog, new tricks?”

  40. Good going Vikings.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Kirk Cousins is the Jay Cutler of the north.

    Everybody knows that, except, apparently, the Vikings.

  41. it’s not gold…..it’s yellow says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Big mistake. Let’s see if Kurt can get two GMs and 2 coaches with the same team fired.
    ————

    Derek Carr laughs at Kirk Cousins ability to survive multiple regime changes..

    He’s on GM #3 and HC #6

    All with the same team.

  42. Universally known as over-paid and just got a $5 million raise? I feel like I’m in a nightmare where my favorite team is dysfunctional at the top. Nowhere to go but down from here. Sad, dark day for Vikings fans. If Rick’s guys are so great, why get rid of Rick?

  43. With this deal the Vikings were able to knock $14 million off from their 2022 cap. Let’s see what Cousins can do with a new coaching staff and new offensive system. Maybe it was Zimmer who was holding the team back, not Cousins. Kirk wasn’t even allowed to call time-outs under Zimmer. And Eric Kendricks said Zim ran a ‘fear-based’ system. Kirk obviously felt that as well. The whole team, including Cousins, might play better under O’Connell.

  44. Vikings are going to keep paying Cousins until they can tank one year and get Arch Manning.

  45. I’m a Bears fan and I don’t get it at all. Why not try to improve? Having the 15th or 18th best QB gets you nothing. Might as well try younger, and if you fail, draft another. You aren’t going anywhere with Cousins.

    My Bears are familiar with this problem, with the Nick Foles and Andy Daltons of the world.

  46. The most outlying problem when analyzing Minnesota is the defense. No question about it. Tough to win when you’re defense is 29th. They let Goff and Cooper freaking Rush go right down the field on them to lose. The offense bailed them out many times. I can easily find at least 5-6 games that we lost or should’ve lost due to the defense giving up late scores. In fact they gave up more scoring in the final 2 minutes than any team in the last 30 plus years. Crazy… no? It was insane. Almost every game, probably 12-13, were one score games. Probably 7-8 last play of the game wins/losses. Fix the darn defense… if Hunter is healthy, get another good pass rusher, and a good corner. Gotta find a way to create some turnovers. Take a chance on a rookie QB. The offense is good. Some better offensive coaching and maybe top 5. Fix the defense.

  47. Better get Thielen back under contract. With a defense that’s not going to be overly robust this season due to cap concerns, it’s going to be up to the the offense to score a heck a lot more points this season than they did last year. If the plan is not to run Dalvin Cook as much in 2022, that means ol’ Kirk will be wingin’ it and flingin’ it … now more than ever. You Like That??

  48. Keep hating! His numbers are on par with TB12. IF he gets better coaching, a better offensive line and a better defense he wins many more games, positives that are not a reach. Time will tell…I’m a long time fan and I see a path to success.

    So very tired of people citing Cousins’ numbers. Do any of you actually watch football? Whether it is a big game or if he is under defensive pressure in any game, Cousin folds. He is not a leader. Most of his teammates don’t like him. That, along with his salary, make him a cancer to any team hoping to win anything. I had high hopes for Kwesi. I was wrong.

  49. The point is to make him tradeable without the Vikings giving up any $$$. Hello Jimmy G for a season. Hubter is def gone now

    No trade clause was added. I guess a Princeton education is not all that after all. Had high hopes for Kwesi. Now I am done with the Vikes after 50+ years.

  50. This is no surprise. If they weren’t going to trade him they had to extend him to get the cap number down. You’ll note its only a 2 year deal which gives the Vikes an opening to draft his replacement this year or next..

  51. Quick….somebody tell me how many times Cousins gave the Vikings the lead in the 2nd half last year, only to have the defense give the lead back. Oh, you can’t? You were too busy telling us what you “know”, or what you’ve “seen”, rather than actually giving us any facts? Well, I’ll tell you what….Cousins played very, very well last year. One of the fewest QB’s to be sacked. Top 4 in QBR under pressure. Td to Int ration? Excellent. Oh, and if that’s not good enough for you, then tell us what the alternative was to QB for the next two years. Be specific. Give a name.

  52. bubbasmithguy says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:57 pm
    and this was their first big move of the off season? Good grief.
    ///////
    Freeing up some cap space literally had to be their first move of the off season.

  53. packerlies says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:55 pm
    ragnarthegreat says:

    The quarterback pickings in the draft this year are slim. Next year looks like it’ll be a whole lot better. If they draft a quarterback next year
    +++++
    But wouldn’t it be better to ditch Cousins 8-9 record this season, go full rebuild and finish 4-13? The quarterback you would draft next season would have, presumably, higher upside/
    ///////
    So, your plan would be to ditch your QB, try and tank the season, and hope for a better unknown QB in next years draft? Instead of reworking Cousins’ contract to free up cap space, and rebuild the 30th ranked defense? So your path to winning is not to focus on the actual problem with the team? Interesting.

  54. kevin7777777 says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    “The deal also has a no-trade clause.”
    I’d like some clarity on the no trade clause statement. Does that mean he cannot be traded at all till this contract expires? Does it mean he can be traded but has veto power on any potential trades? I really thought the Vikings had the perfect scenario to trade him now.
    //////
    Obviously, it means Cousins would have to waive the no-trade clause. Also, you’re assuming there were decent trade offers coming in through the door. What is the “perfect scenario”? Teams had to have a lot of cap room to even make an offer.

  55. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:34 pm
    It’s the gift that keeps on giving, merry Christmas in March to the nfc north.
    ///////
    I’m guessing you aren’t aware that the Vikings have a winning record over the Packers the last 5 years.

  56. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:35 pm
    At least there is zero ambiguity about cousins wanting to be there.
    _____

    When a team overpays give you a fully guaranteed contract, and the owners and fans are content with your mediocrity. Its an easy place to want to be.

  57. What a waste on “Journeyman” QB. I guess the front office for the Vikes will be worse than Spielman was.

  58. 2 more years of mediocrity.
    I feel bad for Viking fans.
    I thought the new GM and HC would see through this stiff.

  59. agluttonforpunishment says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:15 pm
    Sign and trade??

    ———————————————————

    Only a Vikings fan would “read” something that says he has a no trade clause yet believe they’re setting up a sign and trade.

  60. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    March 14, 2022 at 8:08 am

    So, your plan would be to ditch your QB, try and tank the season, and hope for a better unknown QB in next years draft? Instead of reworking Cousins’ contract

    +++++

    ditching Cousins, CORRECT. The organization is a .500 team with Cousins. Cousins is a .500 qn with or without the Vikings. He’s damn near 35 years old and has won as many playoff games as Tim Tebow!

  61. It’s the right move. They need (a) someone this year to keep JJ at least somewhat happy and (b) help for the defense this year in the draft.

    The third reason it’s a good thing is that Cousins can tap into a lot of potential if he can learn via the quarterback whisperer to keep his shoulders and neck more deeply relaxed when he’s deeply stressed — he can be 10 percent better than he now is, and that’s a playoff win right there. (That, BTW, is one of the main things Van Brocklin taught Tarkenton lo these many years ago.)

  62. I want to say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but I’m kinda curious how Kirk will do with an offensive guru as a head coach, in a Zimmer-less system, a system that has been toxic to Kirk and a lot of the other offensive players.

  63. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    March 14, 2022 at 8:13 am
    aypeeswhippingstick says:
    March 13, 2022 at 8:34 pm
    It’s the gift that keeps on giving, merry Christmas in March to the nfc north.
    ///////
    I’m guessing you aren’t aware that the Vikings have a winning record over the Packers the last 5 years.
    ”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
    True, but Cousins hasn’t been with the Vikes 5 years. Go back 4 years that he has and recount. 2017 was Bradford and Bridgewater.

  64. The Vikings plan is to pay Cousins $35-40M so that other teams with good QB’s would have to spend even more money because of it.

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