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The Minnesota Vikings need to extend Kirk Cousins after this season

The Minnesota Vikings may have found their long term solution at quarterback with Kirk Cousins, and the team needs to reward him with a new contract after this season. There is a little risk for both sides doing the contract early, but it would pay big dividends on both sides.

Cousins will have one year left on his contract after this season, with it paying him $29.5 million in 2020. The team could decide to let it play out next season and try to sign him after, but let’s breakdown some reasons it makes sense to get the job done now.

Cousins Loves Playing in Minnesota

During his time with the Washington Redskins, Cousins was professional, but it was clear there wasn’t a love affair between both sides. With the Vikings, it’s clear Cousins is enjoying his time, and he has said many times he wants to stay with the team long term.

Cousins said in November via Michael Rand of the Star Tribune that he wanted to continue to win games so he could stay in Minnesota.

“Our fans are outstanding, our new stadium is outstanding and I just feel very privileged to be the quarterback here because not every organization can claim some of the things that we have going here. We have to turn it into wins as much as possible so I can stay here as long as possible. I joke with everybody that ‘guys we’ve got to win because I like it here and I’d like to stay.’”

Could Save the Vikings Some Money

Cousins wanting to stay in Minnesota is a key because it means that Cousins could agree to the contract this offseason. However, the biggest reason the team needs to get it done is it could save the club some money.

The Dallas Cowboys failed this offseason not getting a contract done with Dak Prescott, and they are going to pay for it big time with the next contract he signs.

So far this season, Cousins has completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,274 yards, 24 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He has played at such a high level for long enough; it’s clear that this isn’t just a fluke; this Cousins is the real deal.

When Cousins has another big year next year, he is going to demand even more money, which is why the team needs to get it done.

He has proven to be more than just a game manager, and he could be the guy to lead the Vikings to their first Super Bowl.