Nobody has played the NFL salary game better than Kirk Cousins. After playing two seasons under the franchise tag in Washington, earning around $44 million, he will sign a 3-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings. And that deal will be fully guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The $28 million per season makes him the new highest paid player in NFL history, surpassing Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5) who surpassed Matt Stafford ($27) who surpassed Derek Carr who was the NFL’s first ever $25 million man when he signed his deal in the 2017 offseason.
But none of them got near $84 million guaranteed on their deals. For some perspective:
Guaranteed money of top five highest paid NFL QB's:— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) March 13, 2018
5. Andrew Luck $47M
4. Derek Carr $40M
3. Matt Stafford $60.5M
2. Jimmy Garoppolo $48.7M
1. Kirk Cousins $84M
Their overall deals were for more than the three years Cousins received, but that just means he can hit the market again at the age of 32 and get another big deal with more guaranteed money.
Methinks Cousins and his agent may have started something where we see a lot more guaranteed money in contracts. Honestly, that’s how it should be anyway.
A side note about this move is Cousins goes to a team that is picking way outside the top ten in the draft, so that still leaves open the possibility that 4-5 QB’s are taken ahead of the Raiders at 10th overall which is great news for them. Not to mention Cousins isn’t coming to the AFC West. You like that?