Cousins signs $84M deal with Vikings

Cousins signs $84M deal with Vikings

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't the one actually signing players, but before the Vikings went all in on Kirk Cousins in free agency, Zimmer did his research around the league.

Cousins will be the highest paid quarterback annually in the National Football League ahead of San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garappolo's $27.5 million per year.

Washington used the franchise tag to retain Cousins the past two offseasons but opted to agree to trade for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on January 30, signalling the end of the Cousins era.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Cousins planned on signing a three-year deal worth $84 million with Minnesota.

The Vikings had already cleared the way for Cousins to start - Case Keenum left for the Broncos, Sam Bradford reportedly is preparing to sign with the Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater has intentions to join the Jets.

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Cousins has been in Minnesota over the past couple of days visiting with the Vikings.

Cousins, who was widely viewed as the top available free agent on the market, played his first six seasons with the Washington Redskins.

After spot-starting for the first three years, Cousins took over as starter in 2015. He has thrown for 4,000 or more yards and 25 or more touchdowns in three straight seasons.

In joining the Viking, he lands at a team with Super Bowl aspirations for next season and beyond, and Cousins will have to deal with the expectations that accompany those hopes.

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