Kirk Cousins Agrees to a 2-Year Contract Extension to Stay in Minnesota

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Wow, this is a major domino to fall, in the Minnesota Vikings offseason. We needed to clear as much cap space as possible, and it looks like Kirk Cousins will help that cause, by signing an extension that I’m sure will clear more room.

This extension makes complete sense. Say what you want about Kirk, but he is clearly a top-12 quarterback. If Jimmy Garoppolo can make it to a Super Bowl, I’m absolutely convinced, Cousins can too.

Obviously, Kyle Shanahan agrees. Ian Rapoport is now reporting the details of the contract and Courtney Cronin breaks it down into even greater detail. Pro Football Talk is reporting a $10M savings for the Vikings in 2020…. Rob Brzezinski is at it again.

According to, Kirk’s cap hit will jump up to $45 million in 2022… but it really doesn’t matter. If the Vikings were to exercise their option to cut him before the 2021 season, they will take a $41M cap hit that season.

It wouldn’t make any sense to do that because you can keep him on the roster that season, for $10M less and then have him on your roster for 2022, at essentially the same cost.

This is a guaranteed contract, without technically being a guaranteed contract. Here is the back and forth I had with Spotrac, where their founder explained the deal to me, and how the money will work.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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