Kirk Cousins ​​’would like to retire as Viking’ after signing extension with Minnesota

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In just four seasons as a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins ​​has established himself as one of the franchise’s most prolific signallers. Already, he is fourth in club history for completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. After signing an extension on March 14 that will keep the 33-year-old under contract with the Vikings through the 2023 season, he will have at least two more seasons to climb the franchise’s all-time list. If Cousins ​​does what he wants, he will stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career.

The quarterback spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since accepting the extension. Cousins ​​noted that if he could “draw it”, he would play well enough that he “never had to play or wear another jersey anywhere else”. This expansion is not only a step in that direction, but should also help the team build a stronger roster around him.

“The short answer [for why I signed the contract extension] it’s that I wanted to be a Minnesota Viking,” Cousins ​​said, via the Tribune of the Stars. “I wanted to help create some cap space so we could put together a roster that you feel really good about. It’s always about finding win-wins. I think it was a way to create a win- winning, then hopefully that will lead to a lot of wins this fall.”

“My mindset was really to be a Viking. I’d like to retire as a Viking, and so I’d like to play my way, if you want. I know I have to earn the right to do that. “

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Cousins’ new contract will net him $35 million fully guaranteed, but the deal would have created about $15 million in cap space for Minnesota this offseason.

Last year, the three-time Pro Bowler put up impressive numbers, but the team was .500 in its 16 starts under center. If he wants to play with the Vikings beyond this current contract until 2024 and beyond, the club will likely have to see an increase in wins as well as playoffs. Fortunately for Cousins, he seems to be aware that he will have to work his way up to be able to retire in Minnesota.

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