QB Kirk Cousins Gets a 2-Year Extension From Vikings

Kirk Cousins during his time with Redskins. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9295709m)

Kirk Cousins will lead the Minnesota Vikings offense for at least three more years. According to Pro Bowl quarterback’s agent, Cousins has agreed to a two-year extension with Vikings on Monday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cousins’ new extension is worth $66 million, with $61 million being guaranteed. He still has one year left on three-year, $84 million deal he signed back in 2018.

Vikings signed Kirk Cousins two seasons ago as a free agent from Washington Redskins. The team decided to move on from Case Keenum, who led then in 2017 to the NFC Championship game, in the process, believing Cousins will get them over the hump.

Cousins posted big numbers in his first season in Minnesota, but the wins didn’t follow, and he was quickly labeled as a bust. Vikings decided to stick with him, and it paid off, as he bounced back in 2019 to silence his critics.

In the 15 games he played in 2019 regular season, Cousins led his team to 10-5 record while throwing for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdown passes, and just six interceptions. He was also solid in the playoffs, leading the Vikings to an upset win over Super Bowl contenders New Orleans Saints.

It’s obvious that Minnesota is encouraged by Cousins’ form in 2019, and is ready to run it back a few more years. The time will tell whether that was the right choice.