Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Falcons shock NFL with Cousins $180-m deal

The Atlanta Falcons have signed the biggest free agent on the QB market, inking former Vikings QB Kirk Cousins to a monster $180-million four-year deal.

Cousins had been widely tipped to return to Minnesota, but on the first day of free agency he has signed what is almost guaranteed to be this years largest contract.

“After significant and positive dialogue with Kirk and his representatives, we were unable to reach agreement on a contract that fits the short- and long-term visions for both Kirk and the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in a statement.

“Kirk holds a special place in Vikings history, and we appreciate his leadership and contributions to the team and the Minneapolis-St. Paul community over the past six seasons. We wish him; his wife, Julie; and their children all the best. Our approach heading into free agency always included layers of contingencies regarding the quarterback position. We are moving forward with plans that allow us to continue building a roster that can compete for a championship.”

Falcons solve last years biggest issue

Last season, now-former head coach Arthur Smith failed to solve the QB conundrum, first in free agency when he turned away from Marcus Mariota and towards a Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke combo, and then during the season when he flip-flopped between the two desperately hoping one of them would magically become a franchise QB.

Despite that the Falcons were still in the hunt for the NFC South title until the dying days of the season.

The Falcons will hope, with the QB position now in safe hands, they will be able to get back to the playoffs and make a deep run.

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