The contract will turn in to a fully guaranteed deal after the 2021 season, but it is at just $35 million guaranteed through this upcoming season. Cousins finally proved that he could win a big game, which was the biggest criticism against him before this season, as his team took down Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans during the Wild Card Round. Although, they would end up falling to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.
Cousins had an overall impressive 2019 season, leading the Vikings to a Wild Card spot, while posting 26 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 107.4 in just his second season with the Vikings. He had spent the first six seasons with the Washington Redskins, as his best year with them came in 2015, when he had 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The quarterback went on to set a career high with 30 touchdown passes in his first season with Minnesota, and now that they continue to pay him, he has extra motivation to continue to get better.
In a minor NFL note, the Green Bay Packers have added a couple of players on both sides of the ball, including former Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey on a two-year contract. This comes one week after the Browns released him after being unable to reach an agreement on a new deal, as he was set to make $7.75 million in 2020 and $8.25 million in 2021, but this contract with the Packers is worth $16 million. Kirksey was a starter all five seasons with the Browns, and has recorded 484 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and two interceptions over six NFL seasons. The team is also keeping right tackle Rick Wagner in the NFC North, adding the former Detroit Lion on a two-year, $11 million contract. This move is one that most likely ends the tenure of Bryan Bulaga with the cheeseheads. The 30-year-old started 40 games with the Lions on a five-year, $47.5 million, with $29.5 million in guaranteed money. His penalties have been an issue as of late, as he had seven holding calls in three years with the Lions after getting called for just two during his four years with the Baltimore Ravens.