The reports are swirling that the Minnesota Vikings are soon going to be signing former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a contract that’s worth a whole lot of money. However, it apparently isn’t as much money as he could have gotten.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that not one, but two teams apparently offered Cousins more money to sign with them, but that he has apparently decided to go with the purple instead.
According to Rapoport, both the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets offered more money that the Vikings did. There weren’t any specifications about the length of the deals or the amount of guarantees that either of those two teams offered, just that they offered Cousins more than the Vikings did.
If this is true and Cousins did, in fact, take less money to come to Minnesota, then it sort of crystallizes his priorities. With all due respect to the Jets and the Cardinals, they aren’t on the same level competitively that the Vikings are right now. . .after all, the Vikings did make it to the NFC Championship Game last season and bring back just about everybody from that squad. If Cousins is serious about wanting to win, and it appears that he is, then Minnesota has been a no-brainer as a destination for him all along.
This appears to be one of those rare occasions in the world of professional sports. . .when an athlete decides that it isn’t all about the money and it actually turns out not to be all about the money. Hopefully more details on this will emerge going forward, but for now, it appears that Cousins is more interested in winning football games than lining his pocketbook.