Per reports, Kirk Cousins will finally get paid what he thinks he deserves.
The former Michigan State standout quarterback spent years trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins — where Cousins spent his first six NFL seasons — but the two sides could not agree on contract terms. The Redskins gave up hope on a deal by signing established quarterback Alex Smith to a four-year deal in late January.
So, Cousins found a new home. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Cousins plans to sign a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The reported contract is fully guaranteed and, if true, would make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.
After a decorated college career with Michigan State, Cousins was a fourth-round NFL draft selection by the Redskins in 2012 and became their full-time starting quarterback in 2015. In those three years, Cousins ranked fourth in the league in passing yards and sixth in passer rating, though he led the team to one playoff appearance over that stretch.
After the 2015 season, the Redskins placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins to keep him for one more year without committing long term. After the 2016 campaign, it was Cousins who wasn’t ready to commit long term. The two sides agreed on another one-year franchise tag.
That was the last of the agreements, and now Cousins is set to make more than any other current NFL quarterback elsewhere. And other players already have taken notice of what is set to be a fully-guaranteed contract. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, 29, took to Twitter shortly after the news about Cousins’ new deal broke:
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) March 13, 2018