Kirk Cousins plans to sign 3-year, $84 million deal with Minnesota Vikings

Free Agent quarterback Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN. His contract is reportedly fully guaranteed.

One of the most sought-after free agent quarterbacks, Cousins threw for 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns last season with the Washington Redskins. He’ll take over the reigns of a Vikings team that was 13-3 last season and appeared in the NFC Championship Game.

Cousins, 29, was selected in the fourth round by Washington in the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season he turned down a $53 million contract in guaranteed money to stay with the team. His cited his faith as the reason why he didn’t put ink to paper.

“First of all, what rarely ever gets reported is that ultimately this decision is not about anything more importantly than my faith,” Cousins told 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. “My faith is ultimately driving this decision. Do I feel like the Lord is leading me to make this decision or that decision and where does he give me peace?”

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The response from Cousins shouldn’t come as a surprise. He grew up the son of a pastor and is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ. Last season he wore cleats supporting the International Justice Mission and he has a Bible verse taped to the inside of his locker.

“It’s Matthew 6, verses 19 through 34. It talks about where your heart should be and what you should value in this world,” Cousins explains. “It’s a good verse, a good reminder to leave it all in God’s hands and trust the Lord and He hasn’t failed me yet.”

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” — Matthew 6:33

You can read the entire chapter from Matthew 6 that Kirk Cousins is referring to here.

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