In 2018, the Minnesota Vikings gave Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. Despite it being an unprecedented sum, Cousins has largely lived up to the deal. Heading into the third year of that contract, the Vikings have made a decision on his future with the team.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract extension with Cousins. Per the report, the two years are worth a whopping $66 million. As a result, he is now on a three-year deal with $61 million guaranteed. The structure also basically prevents Minnesota from cutting him after just one year.
In two years with the Vikings, Cousins has put up some of the best numbers of his eight-year career. He is averaging 69.7-percent completion for 7,901 yards, 56 touchdowns and a 103.0 passer rating. Cousins has also gone 18-12-1 as a starter and made the Pro Bowl this past year.
Even so, three years and $96 million is an awful lot of money to invest in a QB who has never been to the NFC Championship Game.
Summing up the #Vikings deal for Kirk Cousins: 2 new years worth $66M. So 3 years in all for $96M. He has $61M guaranteed at signing. An additional $35M is guaranteed for injury but converts to a fully at the beginning of the 2021 season. They won’t cut him after 1 year and $61M.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
Cousins’ struggles on the biggest stage are well-documented, particularly in primetime games.
But perhaps the biggest reason for the extension was Cousins’ leadership in the playoffs. He brought the Vikings into the Superdome and beat the New Orleans Saints in overtime of the Wild Card Round, sending them to the Divisional Round.
Does Kirk Cousins deserve the huge contract extension he just got?