When the Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million, fully guaranteed contract during the 2018 offseason, it was difficult to know for sure whether or not the team saw him as a long-term fix at the position. He’s still relatively young, as he’ll turn 31 in a few weeks here, but not so young that the Vikings couldn’t realistically weigh the possibility of drafting a younger player to replace him by the time his contract expires after the 2020 season.
Well, the folks from Bristol seem to think that Cousins might be a much longer-term solution than that.
ESPN NFL writer Dan Graziano has put together an article filled with NFL predictions that stretch from now through the 2022 season, and he seems to think that the Vikings and Cousins will come to an agreement on a contract extension at some point in the future.
I’m fairly bullish on Cousins and the Vikings this season. I think they’ll win the NFC North and that fans will feel very differently about Cousins this time next year, when he’ll have a year left on his three-year contract and could very well be interested in talking about an extension that would keep him and his family in Minnesota for years to come.
I’m not completely sure how to feel about this, to be honest. I mean, I like Kirk Cousins and think that he’s gotten way too much crap for the way the 2018 season ended, to be sure. I would love for him to play well enough this season to earn a big ol’ contract extension and put the quarterback position to rest for the Vikings for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, if Cousins does play well enough to make that happen, he’s not going to come cheap. He’s already at $28 million/season, on average, and he’s above that figure for this year and next year as far as salary cap hits are concerned. I can’t imagine that his price would go down on any sort of a long-term extension, though the team could likely structure the deal so that it’s backloaded. . .and, you know, not fully guaranteed. At this point, I’m not going to question Rob Brzezinski’s ability to work whatever salary cap voodoo is necessary to put the Vikings in the best possible position to win football games.
So, what say you, folks? Do you think that Kirk Cousins is going to end up being the quarterback for this football team beyond the 2020 season when his current contract is going to be up?