Cousins signs three-year, $84 million deal with Vikings

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

The value of the contract will make the 29-year-old the highest paid quarterback in the league.

Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins has signed a three-year, $84m deal with the Minnesota Vikings, the team have confirmed.

Cousins' availability marked the rare National Football League occurrence of a productive quarterback being on the open market in the prime of his career.

It looks like Cousins and his young family plan to call Minnesota home for years to come. 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. The Redskins used their franchise-player tag the previous two years to keep Cousins from entering free agency, and the two sides never were able to agree to a long-term deal to ensure that Cousins' stay in Washington would be more permanent.

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Beginning at noon Monday (March 12), teams will be permitted to negotiate with the agents of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents. Smith will earn $5 million this season so the move saves the Super Bowl champion Eagles much-needed space under the salary cap.

All three of the quarterbacks Minnesota had on the roster in 2017 have left for pastures new.

Earlier this week, the Vikings traded a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick and quarterback Trevor Siemian, who is expected to serve as Cousins' back-up in Minnesota.

Cousins played his first six seasons with the Washington Redskins.

In his three seasons as a full-time starter for the Redskins (2015-17), Cousins threw for more than 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in each season.

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