Excellent post VL!VikingLord wrote: ↑Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:52 amI don't agree that the Wilfs bet the house with Cousins' contract.
There are two "controversial" things about Cousins and his Vikings contract(s) since he arrived:
- The amount he's getting paid. This is controversial primarily because not everyone agrees he's a franchise QB or consistently plays at a level that merits what he's being paid.
- The fact his contract is guaranteed. As far as I know, no other starting QB in the NFL has a fully guaranteed contract. For that matter, I'm not aware of any other player that has one either. However, it's important to note that Cousins is not the only player who has guaranteed money in his contract. There are plenty of other players with guarantees - it's just that most of them get those guarantees in the form of signing bonuses up-front.
On the first point, Cousin's contract is not out of line compared to other top QBs in the league. If you don't agree he's a top QB, then he's being paid too much. If you think he's a top QB, then this is pretty much par for the course around the league.
On the second point, this is only an issue because it makes Cousins harder to part with in the event the Vikings wanted to change direction at QB. With that said, it also makes it harder for Cousins to get out too. This is an overlooked part of the deal and likely was what differentiated the Vikings to Cousins when Cousins was in the FA market. You have to remember that prior to joining Minnesota Cousins' original team (formerly known as the Redskins) had him on perpetual franchise status. They wouldn't commit to him longer term, but at the same time they wouldn't let him test FA either. So the way I see it, when Cousins finally did hit FA he wanted more of a commitment from whatever team he signed with. As noted, this locks in *both* sides as almost no other team is going to take on more than the final year of a large guaranteed contract in a trade situation.
It's a commitment more than betting the house, and while the final years of the extension he signed are larger, it's reasonable to believe both sides indexed those amounts to what they expected the salary cap to be in those future years. Big numbers, yes, but in context, not as cap-killing or team flexibility killing as they would appear to be at first.
Now, for context, the trade for Herschel Walker was betting the house.
What it would cost Spielman to move on from Cousins and trade for Deshaun Watson would be betting the house as well.
The investment in Cousins is not close to either by comparison.
Here is my thing too, everyone wants to complain about the contract and year after year I continue to say the same thing that this is the QB market. And so many complain about how he's the 5th, 6th, 7th or whatever he is, highest paid QB in the NFL. Here is my thing and it's a fairly easy question for anyone to answer.....
Name me 1-2 QBs (that are NOT on a rookie deal and not a 43 year old Tom Brady) that are making LESS than Kirk Cousins but deserve MORE than Cousins does? When you look into it, you'll be surprised. There are very little if any. The initial contract is always what's alarming because it resets the market. Look at guys like Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford and Derek Carr. All reset the market and I wouldnt say any of those 3 are better than Cousins is. And you cant even look at Cousins contract out of a possible 32 QBs because a good quarter to third of the leagues QBs are still on rookie contract.
Point is, I think it's always been overblown. It hasnt restricted this team in any way via draft or free agency wise.