The North Star State might have a new star quarterback. Kirk Cousins likely to sign a blockbuster deal that sends him to Minnesota—3 year, $86 Million fully guaranteed according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Once the deal becomes official, Cousins will be the first QB in NFL history to change teams after putting up 4000+ passing yards in each of the last 3 seasons.
Betting against the house, Kirk Cousins opted to be franchise tagged back-to-back years rather than signing a long-term deal to keep him in Washington. The 29-year-old veteran rolled the dice and is set to cash out as the highest paid player in the league…. I think he likes that. And so does Doug Baldwin. Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted out his appreciation to Cousins calling him a “hero.”
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
Kirk is not only a hero but also a game-changer when it comes to NFL deals. Unlike the NBA or MLB, there has never been a fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL… until now. Of course, it is not a done deal but Cousins is expected to have dinner with Vikings coaches and decision makers tonight before visiting the brand-new team facility on Thursday.
Big contracts mean big expectations. After reaching the NFC Title game last year, Vikings fans are hoping to “skol” all the way to a Super Bowl with Cousins in the purple and gold.
Free agency officially begins at 4PM todaybut teams are wasting no time on swooping up some of the biggest names on the market. Thankfully, this chart from CBSSports.com lists the top 50 free agents, their current team and where we can expect to see them next year (unofficially, of course).
Here are some initial thoughts about a few moves thus far:
Once you beat them, join them? Malcolm Butler heading to Tennessee despite trouncing them with his former team during the AFC divisional game last season. With a chip on his shoulder after the Super Bowl benching, Bulter might be having the last laugh becoming one of the highest paid defensive stars in free agency to the tune of $61 million with over $30 million guaranteed.
Jimmy Graham is making Aaron Rodgers a very happy QB. However, Rodgers will need to (discount)double check when he looks to throw downfield because unlike a good neighbor, Jordy Nelson, his favorite target will not be there. The quarterback-WR duohold the Packers’ record for most touchdowns with 65. Despitevoicing his desire to finish his career in Green Bay Nelson was cut from the roster, saving the Packers $10,218,750 in cap space. To borrow words from Drake: business is business, its strictly financial.
Run-first no more. The Bears addressed the glaring need for a wide-receiver by snaggingNo.1 Allen Robinson early. With the addition of Robinson followed byTE Tre Burton,Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky should have a better chance of using the middle of the field and running Matt Nagy’s up-tempo spread offense.
One team that has been very quiet throughout free agency have been the Atlanta Falcons… Comment or tweet us at @chicksintosportswhoyou would like to see come to ATL!