Kirk Cousins is leaving the Minnesota Vikings behind, signing a 4-year $180 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

The deal reportedly includes a $50 million signing bonus, and $90 million in guaranteed money over the next two years -- with another $10 million guaranteed in 2026, making an amazing $100 million of the Cousins deal guaranteed.

The Minnesota Vikings commented by saying,

After significant and positive dialogue with Kirk and his representatives, we were unable to reach agreement on a contract that fits the short and long-term visions for both Kirk and the Minnesota Vikings.

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The move means the Vikings will have a new starting quarterback since 2018. Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall are the only quarterbacks currently under contract in Minnesota.

The Vikings could add a veteran quarterback of their own through free agency, or pick one up in next month's NFL Draft (or both).

Vikings Career Passing Yards (regular season only)

  1. Fran Tarkenton 33,098
  2. Tommy Kramer 24,775
  3. Kirk Cousins 23,265
  4. Daunte Culpepper 20,162

Vikings Career Passing Touchdowns (regular season only)

  1. Tarkenton 239
  2. Cousins 171
  3. Kramer 159
  4. Culpepper 135

Vikings Career Completions (regular season only)

  1. Tarkenton 2,635
  2. Cousins 2,093
  3. Kramer 2,011
  4. Culpepper 1,678

The 2024 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Detroit.

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