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Kirk Cousins officially a member of the Vikings

Kirk Cousins is one of the NFL stars facing the most pressure in 2018
an 27, 2017; Kissimmee, FL, USA; NFC quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins (8) throws a pass during practice for the 2017 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, Kirk Cousins has put pen to paper on a reportedly fully guaranteed contract that sends him to the Minnesota Vikings for the next three years.

The Vikings made the official announcement on Thursday afternoon.

Cousins visited with Minnesota brass last night, going out to dinner after arriving in Minnesota on the team’s private jet. After that meeting, general manager Rick Spielman said he didn’t know how the two sides wouldn’t get a deal done. He noted that Cousins’ agent was arriving on Thursday morning and that the team hoped to set up a press conference for the afternoon to announce the signing.

The Vikings are reportedly going to pay Cousins $28 million per year on a three-year deal for a total of $84 million guaranteed, making him the richest quarterback in the league on a per-year basis.

Cousins was a fourth-round pick by Washington in 2012. He emerged as the starter when things with Robert Griffin III went sideways and earned a 26-30-1 record during his tenure with the Redskins. While in Washington he completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 16,206 yards with 99 touchdowns and 55 interceptions.

Cousins is redefining the free-agency process for quarterbacks. He signed consecutive franchise tags in 2016-17 and stands to make nearly $128 million fully guaranteed from 2016 through 2020 after raking in his latest payday.

Of course, with that huge payday comes lofty expectations. The Vikings feel they are one piece away from a championship and now have landed a guy they feel can get them to that mountaintop. Others, like myself, aren’t so sure he’s capable of shouldering this responsibility.