Quarterback Kirk Cousins signs one-year extension with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a one-year extension worth a fully guaranteed $35 million.

What It Means:

The deal keeps Cousins under contract through 2023, but also grants Cousins a no-trade clause (similar to what we have seen with Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers), Tom Pelissero reports. The move reportedly boosts his salary to $40 million for the upcoming season, locking him in as the Vikings starting quarterback for at least one more year.

While Cousins has never been held up as an elite starter in the NFL, he has played at a top-notch level for much of his career; the veteran finished the 2021 season as PFF's fourth-highest graded passer and has finished each of the past three seasons with over 8.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt. With a new, offensive-minded head coach in Minnesota, Cousins could be at the helm of a high-powered offense this upcoming season.