Vikings’ Cousins: ‘I am thrilled for the opportunity to play for Kevin(O’Connell)’

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed in principle to a one-year contract extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins, the team announced Sunday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a one-year, fully-guaranteed $35 million extension.

Cousins will make $40 million this year and $30 million next. The deal has two voidable years in it to lower his cap number this year to $31.25 million, and $50 million of the deal will be paid by this time next year, according to the report.

“Kirk was one of the first players I called when I joined the Vikings, and it was immediately clear how much he cares about this organization and about winning,” General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Menshah said in a statement from the team. “High-level quarterback play is a prerequisite to building a championship team, and we are confident Kirk will continue along that path.”

The 33-year-old Cousins, who will enter his 11th NFL season in 2022, was named to his third career Pro Bowl after finishing fourth in the NFL in passer rating (103.1) and throwing 33 touchdowns to only seven interceptions in 2021.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to play for Kevin(O’Connell) and could not be more excited about the direction of our team,” Cousins said. “As soon as we return to TCO Performance Center next month, we will begin working toward our collective goal of bringing a championship to Vikings fans.”

In his four seasons with the Vikings, Cousins has started all 63 regular-season games in which he appeared, the fourth-most starts in Vikings history among quarterbacks, and has thrown for 16,387 passing yards (4th in team history), 124 passing touchdowns (4th), and a 68.3 completion percentage (2nd), giving him a franchise-record 103.5 passer rating.

The Vikings get cap space, and maybe Cousins can flourish under new head coach Kevin O’Connell; who knows, but he will definitely have an opportunity to do it.

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