StumpHunter wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:45 pm
VikingTom wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:09 pm
What to do now is the hard part. No 20-20 hindsight, no lamenting bad breaks. Cousins is the QB for at least two years. Likely longer given the cap number he will carry in 22. Virtually guarantees the Vikings must redo his contract and kick some of that coin down the road. Unless.....this year pans out poorly and Vikings decide to draft a QB in 22. That scenario quite probably means Zimmer is fired, and possibly Spielman is also gone with a rebuild in earnest happening. Personally I want the Vikings to succeed now. Which means riding Cousins at QB and a likely contract redo after this season.
The Vikings absolutely
do not need to add more years to Cousins deal to get his cap number down in 2022. If Rick is still the GM they absolutely
will do that and claim it was necessary to save cap, just like they did in 2020. Teams can easily add void years to deals to push cap hits down the road without extending the player and the Vikings could do that this year or next to move some of Cousins' massive cap hit to 2023 or even 2024.
I don't think Rick is unhappy with .500 football as long as making the playoffs every other year keeps him employed though, so as long as that continues to happen, we will continue to see Cousins as the highest paid, fully guaranteed QB in the NFL.
Correct me if my understanding is flawed here.
For most players, you can add void years because their entire salary isn't guaranteed.
However, the entire $76 million over the next two years for Cousins is now guaranteed. Doesn't that mean we have to pay all of it at some point? You can't void guaranteed money, can you?
I guess you could add years, convert his salary to bonus, spread it out, and make it voidable. But we'd still be on the hook for the whole $76 million, right? Just not by the end of 2022. So if you cut him after, say, 2023, and the money was spread out through 2025, you'd have to count the guaranteed portion against the cap, only amortized. Or am I mistaken?
It seems the only way to get (mostly) out from under this contract would be for somebody to be stupid enough to trade for Cousins prior to next year. Like, the 49ers miss the playoffs again, Kyle Shanahan's man-crush gets the better of him, and he says, "Y'know, he's worth every bit of $35 million."