At least, nobody can feign surprise. Kirk Cousins is reportedly likely to sign a fully guaranteed $84-million deal with the Minnesota Vikings sooner than later.
The report from ESPN claimed that the deal with Minnesota Vikings is being finalized and an announcement will be made by the team and the quarterback anytime soon.
Cousins agent, Mike McCartney, played coy when reporters reached out to him.
“No final decisions have been made,” he said. “The plan is to visit Minnesota first. That’s all we can say right now.”
If the deal pushes through, it would make him the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history. More importantly, it’s also expected to change the way contracts are structured for all NFL players.
Cousins never went below the 4,000-yard mark in the previous three seasons. In 2017, he finished with 4,093 passing yards, along with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But the quarterback and the Washington Redskins could never agree on his worth. Over the past two seasons, the team put a franchise tag on the 29-year-old.
In his blog posted on March 12, Cousins penned a farewell note to the Redskins and their loyal fans. He also expressed his gratitude to coach Mike Shanahan who elevated him to starter over Robert Griffin III in 2015. That year, he finished with 4,166 yards.
The year after, he was already on a franchise tag. He responded with his play by throwing 4,917 yards, which is the franchise record to date.
“Knowing I will not be putting on a Redskins jersey next season, it’s hard to look back at all that’s taken place and not become emotional,” he said. “Just like you never fully leave your hometown — you never fully leave your first NFL team, especially after six seasons. My family and I will always have a piece of Washington deep in our hearts.”