How much does Kirk Cousins make? A look at the Vikings QB’s contract, salary

first_imgKirk Cousins makes an average annual salary of $28 million to play quarterback for the Vikings. Which, given the going rate for respectable QB play in the NFL, is not an outrageous amount.The 31-year-old passer signed his current deal with Minnesota in March of 2018 when he reached free agency after six seasons in Washington. Cousins became the NFL’s highest-paid player in terms of average annual salary when he signed his contract with the Vikings, but he since has been surpassed by six other NFL players, all QBs. — Win Super Bowl and rank in top three in points: $2 millionNFL’s highest-paid quarterbacksOf the NFL’s 25 highest-paid players in 2019 in terms of average annual salary, 17 are QBs. That includes the top 11, as Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack is the league’s highest paid non-QB.Cousins ranks seventh on that list with his average annual salary of $28 million. Below are the 10 highest-paid QBs in the NFL and their average annual salaries.Russell Wilson, Seahawks, $35 millionBen Roethlisberger, Steelers, $34 millionJared Goff, Rams, $33.5 millionAaron Rodgers, Packers, $33.5 millionCarson Wentz, Eagles, $32 millionMatt Ryan, Falcons, $30 millionKirk Cousins, Vikings, $28 millionJimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, $27.5 millionMatthew Stafford, Lions, $27 millionDerek Carr, Raiders, $25 million MORE: The NFL’s 25 highest-paid playersCousins’ contract with the Vikings was historic in the sense that it was the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history — all $84 million across his three-year deal was guaranteed at signing. For current Sporting News contributor and former Minnesota general manager Jeff Diamond, the Cousins deal represented the evolution of modern NFL free agency.Below is all you need to know about that contract. (Figures courtesy of Over The Cap.)How much does Kirk Cousins make?Cousins’ contract pays him $84 million over three years for an average of $28 million per year. Below are some key figures in the deal.Average annual salary: $28 million2019 base salary: $27.5 millionTotal contract value: $84 millionFully guaranteed: $84 millionPercentage of team cash spending in 2019: 13.84%Cousins had options in 2018 free agency before he signed with Minnesota, as evidenced by a docuseries that featured his journey on the open market.The Jets offered him a three-year contract that would have paid him $30 million per year and also would have been fully guaranteed. He turned it down to sign with the Vikings for less money.“I have always felt a little bit underrated, a little bit overlooked.” Cousins said at his introductory news conference in Minnesota. “As a result, there is a fire there.”Kirk Cousins contractBelow is a table featuring Cousins’ three-year contract with the Vikings, followed by the $6 million in incentives he reportedly can earn.YearAgeBase salaryGuaranteed salaryProrated bonusCap numberCap %201830$22.5 million$22.5 million$1.5 million$24 million13.5%201931$27.5 million$27.5 million$1.5 million$29 million15.4%202032$29.5 million$29.5 million$1.5 million$31 million15.5%— Win Super Bowl: $500,000— Win Super Bowl and rank in top eight in points: $1 million— Win Super Bowl and rank in top five in points: $1.5 millionlast_img read more