Kirk Cousins broke nearly every unwritten rule of NFL contracts on Tuesday by reportedly agreeing to a three-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
No NFL multi-year contract has ever been fully guaranteed, and now the first time it happens will be for the former Redskins starting quarterback.
Let that sink in.
The details show Cousins will make at least $84 million in the next three seasons playing with Minnesota. He will join a team that made the NFC Championship in in 2017 with Case Keenum at QB and expectations will be for Cousins to get the Vikings over the hump and into the Super Bowl next year.
In the last three seasons as Redskins starter, Cousins threw for at least 4,000 yards each season and broke numerous Washington passing records. With Cousins at the helm, the Redskins won nine games and the NFC East title in 2015 before a blowout playoff loss to the Packers. In 2016 and 2017, the Redskins regressed, winning eight and seven games, respectively.
Few contract situations have gone as poorly as the way things unfolded between Cousins and the Redskins.
After the 2015 season when Cousins popped up as a viable starter with a strong finish to the season, the organization low-balled their passer in 2016 contract talks. Things never really moved from there, and the Redskins used a $20 million franchise tag on Cousins.
In 2017 contract talks, Cousins made clear he wasn't going to negotiate long-term with Washington, and the club again used a franchise tag. This time for $24 million.
By the 2018 offseason, it seemed obvious all parties were moving on. That became clear when the Redskins traded for Alex Smith the week before the Super Bowl.
Now, Cousins will be a Viking, and in the process, has dramatically changed the NFL.
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