Kirk Cousins signs Vikings contract extension through 2022
- The Vikings have security at quarterback for the next three years after agreeing a new deal with Kirk Cousins.
Kirk Cousins has agreed a two-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, committing to the team through the 2022 season.
The former Washington Redskins quarterback was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed three-year, $84million deal he signed ahead of the 2018 campaign.
But his agent Mike McCartney confirmed the 31-year-old has added another two seasons to his deal for an additional $66m on Monday, meaning he is under contract for the next three years for $96m.
Minnesota clear $10m of cap space in 2020 with the deal, which will boost their flexibility in free agency as the legal tampering period begins.
Summing up the #Vikings deal for Kirk Cousins: 2 new years worth $66M. So 3 years in all for $96M. He has $61M guaranteed at signing. An additional $35M is guaranteed for injury but converts to a fully at the beginning of the 2021 season. They won’t cut him after 1 year and $61M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
While he is yet to secure a division title, Cousins has led the Vikings to consecutive winning seasons.
They missed the playoffs after going 8-7-1 in his first campaign and then improved to 10-6 in 2019, as Cousins threw for 26 touchdowns and just six picks.
After beating the New Orleans Saints in the postseason, the Vikings lost in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Vikings still have hope Cousins can take them further than the NFC Championship berth they earned before his arrival when Case Keenum was under center.
Cousins’ new pact comes after cornerback Xavier Rhodes, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and tight end David Morgan were released earlier this week.
The Vikings have also handed a new three-year extension to fullback C.J. Ham.Published 16 Mar 2020, 21:30 IST