Kirk Cousins' favorite colors must be purple and green.
The Vikings starting quarterback, who signed a massive, $84 million deal prior to the 2018 season, is staying in Minnesota for another two years, per his agent.
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 16, 2020
According to a report from Ian Rappoport, the deal is worth $66 million over two years, bringing his contract to $96 million over three seasons. He reportedly is guaranteed $61 million at signing.
Cousins is coming off a year in which he threw for 3,603 yards and 26 touchdowns to just six interceptions, though that yardage is a bit deceiving, considering the Vikings were a run-first team in 2019 and their offense was carried largely on the back of Dalvin Cook. Cook had more than 1,600 scrimmage yards in 2019, with 1,135 of those yards coming on the ground in 14 games.
This season resulted in Cousins' second Pro Bowl appearance; his original deal was scheduled to expire following the 2020 season.
Drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Cousins worked his way from backup to starter, eventually parlaying his success into the NFL's first ever fully guaranteed deal. The bidding reportedly came down between the Vikings and Jets, and the former Michigan State Spartan chose Minnesota.
Cousins also helped lead the Vikings to their first playoff win in two years, losing to the eventual NFC Champion 49ers in the divisional round this past playoff season.
When finalized and official, it will be the Vikings' first big move in what could be a busy offseason. It could include the trade of Stefon Diggs, who is reportedly on the trading block following a season in which he set a career-high in receiving yards. He has yet to notch a double-digit touchdown season in his career.