Analyzing the Kirk Cousins Contract Deal

Analyzing the Kirk Cousins Contract Deal

Later today, Kirk Cousins will officially say goodbye to Minnesota and hello to Atlanta with a massive deal that includes two years of guaranteed pay. Per a source with knowledge of the terms, here are the details of the contract. The signing bonus is $50 million. The base salary for 2024 is $12.5 million and is fully guaranteed. The base salary for 2025 is $27.5 million and fully guaranteed. In 2026, there is a roster bonus of $10 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year. The base salary for 2026 is $35 million. Furthermore, in 2027, there is a roster bonus of $10 million and a base salary of $35 million. The contract also includes up to $2 million in annual incentives based on playing time, wins, and a Super Bowl victory.

In total, the contract pays out $90 million guaranteed with another $10 million in practical guarantees, resulting in $100 million on a two-year deal. The Falcons have the option to decide after two years to eat the $10 million and avoid the $35 million base salary, with the final year being a team option at $45 million. The status of Cousins’s Achilles tendon recovery and rehab is a major factor in the contract. The Falcons likely gathered sufficient information during the negotiation process, ensuring they were making a well-informed offer. It would be problematic if their medical staff were to find issues with Cousins’s physical condition, similar to what happened last year with Jimmy Garoppolo and the Raiders.

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