Here is Sports Illustrated writer and tape-eater extraordinaire Andy Benoit crafting a lead that is the columnist’s version of inviting you into his office just as he finishes off a set of 500 pushups: A few weeks ago I received a call from a high-ranking member of the Vikings’ organization. “Let me ask you something,” he said, right off the bat. “Who would you rather have: Case Keenum or Kirk Cousins?” After some deliberation, I said Cousins, assuming money is no object. Good story, man. Thank you for sharing. … [Read more...] about Sports Illustrated Writer: The Vikings Took My Advice And Signed Kirk Cousins
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Last night’s megatrade that will send Alex Smith to Washington ensures that this offseason is almost certain to feature that rarest of NFL species: an experienced starting quarterback venturing into unrestricted free agency. Brace yourself, gentle reader: We live in a world in which Kirk Cousins will likely soon be the NFL’s highest-paid player. Yes, that would be the same Kirk Cousins who’s coming off a 2017 season in which he finished outside the top 10 in both passer rating (93.9) and Total QBR (52.4)—that’s Josh McCown territory. But there’s a logic to this, and it’s rooted in three factors: distortions in the quarterback market, scarcity, and timing. Cousins stands to benefit from all three. Here’s why. The market The value teams have placed on quarterbacks keeps rising, but it’s been damn near impossible to gauge what QBs are truly worth. Smith is the perfect example of this, as overthecap.com founder Jason Fitzgerald … [Read more...] about Kirk Cousins Is About To Get Paid, But By Whom?
The surprise isn’t that Kirk Cousins is getting lots of money. As the biggest name in a big market for free-agent quarterbacks, Cousins was bound to get paid this offseason. What’s notable is how he and the Vikings reportedly agreed to structure the deal, which cannot be signed until 4 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday. The word is that Cousins’s contract will be for three years and worth approximately $84 million, all fully guaranteed. The NFL notoriously does not do fully guaranteed contracts, so that last part is what jumps off the page. Cousins’s contract could set off a trend in which guarantees represent a bigger portion of more contracts. Just don’t expect fully guaranteed deals to become the norm for a lot of other players. There’s a deep history to NFL teams’ reluctance to dole out contracts with complete guarantees. It’s likewise rare that any full guarantees—as opposed to injury guarantees—carry into the third year of any … [Read more...] about Is Kirk Cousins’s Fully Guaranteed Contract A Sign Of Things To Come?
Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Skins had been at a contract impasse for quite some time, but that ended today with Cousins signing with the Vikings for a reported three years and $84 million. Former Washington QB Joe Theismann went on D.C. sports radio to discuss why the team let Cousins walk, and appeared to mix the idioms “a tough nut to crack” and “a hard pill to swallow.” Hate when that happens. Theismann told 106.7 The Fan: Kirk’s deal is what it is. It played out the way he wanted it to. He’s at a football team that wants him. It’s not the Redskins didn’t want him, but I think it would’ve been a big nut to swallow. The essence of Theismann’s remarks comes around 1:25 of the clip: H/t to Jack … [Read more...] about Joe Theismann On The Skins Re-Signing Kirk Cousins: “It Would’ve Been A Big Nut To Swallow”
The first thing you notice, once you look a little more closely into the Skins’ attempt to gain the high ground on Kirk Cousins, is that in the video meant to smear the quarterback as unreasonable, team president Bruce Allen repeatedly calls him “Kurt.” The second thing you notice is that the Skins’ self-proclaimed enormous, generous, record-setting contract offer actually amounts to only $300,000 in new money. The Skins are a joke, and you can stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Let’s back up. Monday afternoon, the deadline passed for teams to reach contract extensions with players who have been slapped with the franchise tag. It was by that point, after an offseason of fruitless negotiations, more or less expected that no deal would be reached, and Cousins would become the first QB in history to play a second straight year on a franchise tag. What wasn’t expected was that the Skins would immediately go public. Washington posted a video … [Read more...] about The Skins Really Couldn’t Have Played This Kirk Cousins Situation Any Worse
So… Kirk Cousins. It is extremely difficult—impossible, even—to evaluate Kirk Cousins solely as a quarterback when, for the past six seasons, he has plied his trade in the middle of Dan Snyder’s never-ending diarrhea rodeo. He was drafted by Mike Shanahan in the fourth round as an insurance policy for the quarterback that Shanahan drafted in first round. After that first QB broke both his knee and his frontal lobe, Cousins found himself in the middle of a quarterback controversy fraught with standard local fan irrationality and no shortage of racial subtext. And then, once he formally supplanted Robert Griffin III as the permanent starter, he found himself in a strange new power struggle with Skins’ upper management, refusing to play for less than he was worth and being subjected to Bruce Allen’s drunken asshattery as a result. As such, for nearly the entirety of his playing career, Cousins has been less a quarterback than an ongoing litmus test … [Read more...] about Now We Get To See If Kirk Cousins Is Really Worth A Shit
Erstwhile Washington QB Kirk Cousins has agreed to head to Minnesota on a fully guaranteed three-year deal, per Adam Schefter. Free agency opens Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET, and Cousins plans to sign the day after. The mutual interest between the Vikings and Cousins hasn’t been a secret, as the QB traveled to Minnesota on his first visit of free agency, the Vikings swung big to try and woo him, and Cousins’s personal blog accidentally tagged “Vikings” in his farewell post. ESPN reports that the contract will be three years for $84 million. So that’s what the best available QB with the most leverage can get in the NFL market. … [Read more...] about Report: Kirk Cousins Plans To Go Cheerfully Shout At Vikings Fans For Three Years
Kirk Cousins announced in a blog post today on KirkCousins.org that he will not return to Washington. In the blog, Cousins expresses gratitude towards the city and his teammates, and talks about getting to choose his next team for the first time in over a decade, but more importantly, whoever wrote the blog for him made a boo-boo. As Bleacher Report Magazine’s Master Tesfatsion noticed, the blog initially featured “Vikings” and “Jets” tags, before they were quickly removed. What does this mean? Here’s what you really need to know: Kirk Cousins will definitely sign with a team in the NFL. … [Read more...] about Whoever Wrote Kirk Cousins’s Farewell Blog Used “Vikings” And “Jets” Tags
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking the Super Bowl, cookie dough, accents, Instant Pots, and more. Jim: Where on the list does “Mike Lombardi looks like an ass for shitting on Doug Pederson” fall on best things about the Super Bowl result? Very high for me, personally. Here’s what the Football Knower said about Pederson early in the season: “He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL,” Lombardi said of Pederson in September. “Everybody knows Pederson isn’t a head coach. He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen,” Lombardi continued. “When will the Eagles admit their mistake? Will they throw away 2017 by stubbornly sticking to the Pederson Principle?” Ah yes, the fabled Pederson Principle. And what of the Alshon Jeffery Doctrine that … [Read more...] about Mike Lombardi Is A Big Stupid Moron
There’s an old, dumb, incorrect football saying that goes, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” Well, the Vikings this season had three quarterbacks. And now, it appears, they actually do have none. Free agency is two weeks away, and the deadline for placing franchise tags on players is one week away, and the Vikings have begun making decisions. NFL.com reported yesterday that Minnesota will not use the franchise tag on Case Keenum (who stepped in for the injured Sam Bradford, who took the place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, who even when back to full health did not win the job back from Keenum, who led the team to the NFC title game. It was messy, but it worked somehow.) And now today, this: This is more complicated than merely not re-signing Bridgewater. Because of his long-term injury, the Vikings could have made a case—it was certainly not cut-and-dried—that his contract should have tolled, which would roll it over a full year and have … [Read more...] about The Vikings Are Clearing The Deck Of Quarterbacks To Go After Kirk Cousins