Kirk Cousins' $90 million deal involves insane incentives

Why Kirk Cousins Makes the Vikings a Bit Top Heavy

Combining numbers like that with the weapons that Minnesota has offensively certainly has Vikings fans buzzing. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Cousins intends to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Vikings on Thursday. According to Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press, his agent stated that the contract that he chose to sign with the Vikings wasn't even the biggest offer presented to him.

Cousins will be the Vikings' fourth starting quarterback in four seasons.

Josh McCown has agreed on a one-year, $10 million deal to return to New York Jets, who will also sign former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater... On Wednesday he and wife Julie met with general manager Rick Spielman, team president Mark Wilf and coach Mike Zimmer as well as some Vikings players, who made the effort to entice him to join the team. Moncrief is expected to offset the loss of former Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal with Chicago.

"As the salary cap continues to grow, that's just going to continue to change, " said Cousins, 29, who played the previous six seasons with Washington and will continue to wear No. 8. RG3's star faded quickly, though, and Cousins, who was lightly recruited out of Holland Christian High School before landing at Michigan State, worked his way up the depth chart.

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"We had a really good season past year, " said Mark Wilf. Cousins also had an above average completion percentage each year, where in 2015, he was just shy of 70%.

The cash flow is $26 million through one year, $54 million through two years, and $84 million through three years. Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford also have accomplished that feat.

Cousins shrugged off becoming the NFL's highest-paid player. But when you're in the position the Vikings have occupied so many times in the past two decades - on the precipice of championship contention despite a long-term solution at quarterback - this is the cost of doing business. So with Cousins at quarterback, and Dalvin Cook returning from injury alongside Latavius Murray, the backfield is set to explode.

The guarantee of the full value of the deal is unprecedented in the National Football League, where a variety of complex factors have kept players from receiving sure-thing contracts like their professional baseball, basketball and hockey peers.

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