Kirk Cousins owned the headlines Thursday when he signed his $84 million contract.
I don't want to overpraise Cousins. "I thought it was important for him to surpass Jimmy Garoppolo's contract but we didn't take the biggest offer". "One of the other things I like about him is that he was a guy that always had to prove himself". I have a feeling the conversation about who should be the Vikings quarterback would look a lot different had this team gone one-and-done in the playoffs.
"We had intentions to potentially consider a second visit and, as I said, on that Tuesday, it was a mad scramble for every team to fill that quarterback slot", McCartney said.
The Buccaneers have signed former Eagles run-stopper Beau Allen to a three-year, $15 million contract.
"We're just thrilled with the contract, with the commitment from the Vikings and hopefully it translates into Super Bowls", McCartney said. Cousins would get to choose where he wanted to play for the first time since 2007, when he committed to Michigan State, and he says his decision truly wasn't only about the money.
Cousins played his first six seasons with the Washington Redskins. "Sure, at this moment in time, on March 15th, I guess that's true". He emphasized that "the Vikings can afford to pay him and keep most, if not all, of their other quality players".
"As Rick said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal", Cousins said.
Cousins, having been allowed to hit the open market by the Washington Redskins, has put pen to paper on a reported three-year, $84million contract.
"Our No. 1 priority going into the offseason was to solidify the quarterback position and it was a rare and unique opportunity to go out and sign a quarterback of this caliber, " Spielman said. The team's former G.M., Scot McCloughan, also told a Denver radio station in January that he didn't see Cousins as a "special" player. Which explains why the deal doesn't prevent the franchise tag. Last season when they won 13 games with quarterback Case Keenum earning just.
The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus, annual workout bonuses of $500,000, and fully guaranteed base salaries of $22.5 million in 2018, $27.5 million in 2019, and $29.5 million in 2020.
Keenum was handed the keys to a Cadillac past year. "We want to continue to have those good seasons, winning divisions, winning championships, and that's our goal".
He added that there's a benefit to adding a proven starting quarterback over drafting one who will need more time to develop.
Sando named three signal callers he believes will benefit the most, topping the list with Cousins.
'Two things I kept saying to Kirk, " McCartney said.
"There's nothing I can pave unless people come after me", Cousins said.