Vikings news: Players say Kirk Cousins is the most overrated NFL quarterback in the NFL
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Players say Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is the most overrated NFL quarterback in the NFL

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Back in March, the Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million deal, the highest-paying contract in NFL history.

Apparently, players around the league don’t think Cousins deserved that money.

In a poll conducted by The Athletic, players voted Cousins as the most overrated quarterback in the league, with the 30-year-old garnering 13 percent of the vote among 85 defensive players.

Statistically, Cousins did not have a bad 2018 campaign by any stretch of the imagination, as he threw for 4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing 70.1 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 99.7.

However, Cousins’ inability to effectively throw the deep ball hampered the Vikings’ offense to the point where it ranked just 20th in the league, resulting in the firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo late in the year.

Minnesota also went 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs, largely due to an anemic offensive performance in a Week 17 loss to the Chicago Bears that knocked the Vikings out of the postseason picture.

Cousins, who played his collegiate football at Michigan State University, was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round (102nd pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Holland, Mi. native was playing behind Robert Griffin III for the first three years of his career and did not get much of a chance as a result, but in 2015, Cousins started all 16 games for the Redskins and broke out, totaling 4,166 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 picks while leading the league with a completion percentage of 69.8 percent.

He spent three years in Washington, making the Pro Bowl in 2016.