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REPORT: Kirk Cousins Leaves Minnesota For The Atlanta Falcons

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Star quarterback Kirk Cousins will be taking his talents to Atlanta as the veteran signal-caller will be signing a four-year deal with the Falcons, Cousins’ agent Mike McCarney told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal is worth a whopping $180 million with $100 million of that being guaranteed, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.


The 35-year-old Cousins will join the third team of his career after spending six seasons each with the Washington Redskins and then Minnesota Vikings.

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at FedExField on December 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at FedExField on December 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 24: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Washington Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 24: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Washington Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The four-year deal will take him into his age-40 season in Atlanta.

The Vikings made a strong push to bring back Cousins, according to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini.

Cousins gets a fresh start in Atlanta, who had previously been linked heavily to Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields. (RELATED: Star Wideout’s Long Contract Saga Ends With Surprisingly Cheap Deal)

Cousins is coming off a lost year, only playing in 8 games last season after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the Wikings defeated the Washington Commanders 20-17 at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after the Wikings defeated the Washington Commanders 20-17 at FedExField on November 06, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Atlanta’s new head coach Raheem Morris now gets his guy and a chance to build an exciting offense helmed by Cousins and featuring weapons like running back Bijan Robinson and tight end Kyle Pitts.

The insane $100 million guaranteed is a continuation of a pattern in Cousins’ career contract negotiations that has served him well. The veteran signal caller has consistently sought out deals that maximize his guaranteed money over contracts that have potentially larger overall payments.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JANUARY 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a touchdown pass in the second half of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Mark Brown/Getty Images

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – JANUARY 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a touchdown pass in the second half of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Mark Brown/Getty Images

After serving out his rookie deal in Washington, the then-Redskins used the franchise tag on him for consecutive years before he signed a fully guaranteed $84 million contract with Minnesota, a deal structure that was far from orthodox at the time.

Cousins has parlayed his skillset and negotiating acumen into nearly half a billion dollars in career earnings, as analyst Warren Sharp noted on Twitter.

All this money and he’s only won one single playoff game in his career. And he needed a literal miracle to do it.

I’m not knocking Kirky. Collect your bag, player. But that’s a hell of a lot of money to give a guy with almost no record of delivering any meaningful wins. Yes, he’s a four-time Pro Bowler. Yes, he has great regular season stats. But again, he hasn’t done anything. This Atlanta tenure will likely be his last chance to prove he deserves to be mentioned with the NFL greats. The pressure will be on. If he doesn’t deliver in Atlanta he will likely become an NFL afterthought, cursed to be a future piece of obscure NFL trivia rather than a hallowed legend worthy of the half a billion dollars he’s squeezed out of NFL franchises.