Michigan State alum Kirk Cousins signs with Vikings

Kirk Cousins Expected To Sign Three Year Fully Guaranteed Deal With The Vikings

Washington used the franchise tag to retain Cousins the past two offseasons but opted to agree to trade for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on January 30, signaling the end of the Cousins era.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to the richest contract in National Football League history.

The average annual salary of $28 million per season will make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the league. The team chose to move on, agreeing during Super Bowl week to a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that brought Alex Smith, the league's top-rated passer last season, to Washington as Cousins' replacement. On Wednesday he and wife Julie met with general manager Rick Spielman, team president Mark Wilf and coach Mike Zimmer as well as some Vikings players, who made the effort to entice him to join the team. Looking ahead to his future beyond his three-year commitment to Minnesota, Cousins expressed a desire to remain with the Vikings much longer than that during his press conference Thursday.

Cousins was drafted by the Redskins in 2012 and became their full starter in 2015.


The Vikings had already cleared the way for Cousins to start - Case Keenum left for the Broncos, Sam Bradford reportedly is preparing to sign with the Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater has intentions to join the Jets.

Trevor Siemian is set to be Cousins' backup after the Vikings traded for the former Broncos' quarterback.

Cousins had three 4,000-yard seasons with the Redskins.

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