A couple of days ago, we brought you a story citing a report from Courtney Cronin of ESPN that said that the Minnesota Vikings had presented quarterback Kirk Cousins with multiple contract extension offers in the hopes of giving the team some much-needed salary cap relief, but that Cousins had turned those offers down.
Apparently, the Vikings finally presented him one that he liked.
The Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract extension with Cousins, meaning that he will be the team’s quarterback through the 2022 season. Cronin has the structure of the deal here.
Here's how Cousins new contract is structured, per source— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) March 16, 2020
2 years, $66 million. Total of $96 million (he had the 1 year left for 2020). $61 million GTD at signing, $35 million GTD for injury only but converts to a full GTD at the beginning of 2021 league year.
This doesn’t detail how the deal will affect the Vikings’ salary cap situation, and when we have those numbers we will have an update to this story. As things stood before the extension, the Vikings had approximately $16 million in salary cap space after adjustments for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Like most stories about Kirk Cousins, I’m certain that this will be met with nothing but calm, reasonable, level-headed discussion.
Kirk Cousins is in the fold for a couple more years, folks. You Vike that?