Kirk Cousins

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Vikings, QB Age: 35-114d Exp: 11 Years
Drafted: Round 4 (#102 overall), 2012 College: Michigan State Agent(s): Mike McCartney
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Injured Reserve (Achilles)

Cousins has suffered a torn Achilles and has been placed on the injured reserve list. He will miss the remainder of the 2023-24 season.

 
  • Current Contract

    Kirk Cousins signed a 1 year, $35,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $25,000,000 signing bonus, $35,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $35,000,000. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $35,000,000
    Signing Bonus $25,000,000
    Average Salary $35,000,000
    Total Guarantees $35,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $35,000,000
    Free Agent: 2024 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash Cash AAV
    2022 Contract details by year 34 $5,000,000 $16,250,000 $10,000,000 $166,668 $31,416,668 $80,166,668 $40,000,000($40,000,000) $40,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $80,166,668 2022 Cap Savings: $-48,750,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $35,166,668 2022 Cap Savings: $-3,750,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $61,416,668 2023 Dead Cap: $18,750,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-30,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $16,416,668 2023 Dead Cap: $18,750,000 2022 Cap Savings: $15,000,000
    2023 Contract details by year 35 $10,000,000 $6,250,000 - $4,000,000 $20,250,000 $48,750,000 $30,000,000($70,000,000) $35,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $48,750,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-28,500,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $38,750,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-18,500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $20,250,000 2024 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $10,250,000 2024 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2023 Cap Savings: $10,000,000
    2024 Contract details by year 36 - $6,250,000 - $4,000,000 $28,500,000 $28,500,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2024 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2024 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2024 Cap Savings: $28,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Dead Cap: $28,500,000 2024 Cap Savings: $28,500,000
    2025 Contract details by year 37 - $6,250,000 - $4,000,000 $10,250,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $10,250,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $10,250,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $10,250,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $10,250,000
    2026 Contract details by year 38 - - - $4,000,000 $4,000,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $4,000,000
    2027 Contract details by year 39 - - - $4,000,000 $4,000,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $4,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $4,000,000
    2024 Free Agent Year 40 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • Fully Guaranteed
    • 2022 Roster Bonus: $10M ($5M in 9/22, $5M in 11/22)
    • 2023 Roster Bonus: $20M ($15M in 3/23, $5M 9/23)
    • 2024-25 years automatically void ($12.5M dead cap)
    • full no trade clause
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

    Previous Contracts

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    2020-2022

    Kirk Cousins signed a 2 year, $66,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $30,000,000 signing bonus, $66,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $33,000,000. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 2 yr(s) / $66,000,000
    Signing Bonus $30,000,000
    Average Salary $33,000,000
    Total Guarantees $66,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $31,000,000
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA

    2018-2020

    Kirk Cousins signed a 3 year, $84,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $3,000,000 signing bonus, $84,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $28,000,000. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 3 yr(s) / $84,000,000
    Signing Bonus $3,000,000
    Average Salary $28,000,000
    Total Guarantees $84,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $84,000,000
    Free Agent: 2021 / UFA

    2017-2017Franchise Tag

    Kirk Cousins signed a 1 year, $23,943,600 contract with the Washington Redskins, including an average annual salary of $23,943,600. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $23,943,600
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $23,943,600
    Total Guarantees -
    Guaranteed at Signing -
    Free Agent: 2018 / UFA

    2016-2016Franchise Tag

    Kirk Cousins signed a 1 year, $19,953,000 contract with the Washington Redskins, including $19,953,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,953,000. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $19,953,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $19,953,000
    Total Guarantees $19,953,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $19,953,000
    Free Agent: 2017 / UFA

    2012-2015Entry Level

    Kirk Cousins signed a 4 year, $2,572,688 contract with the Washington Redskins, including a $472,688 signing bonus, $472,688 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $643,172. In 2023, Cousins will earn a base salary of $10,000,000 and a restructure bonus of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $20,250,000 and a dead cap value of $48,750,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $2,572,688
    Signing Bonus $472,688
    Average Salary $643,172
    Total Guarantees $472,688
    Guaranteed at Signing $472,688
    Free Agent: 2016 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $390,000 $472,688 - - - - - $862,688
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $480,000 - - - - - - $480,000
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $570,000 - - - - - - $570,000
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $660,000 - - - - - $164,007 $824,007
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $19,953,000 - - - - - - $19,953,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $23,943,600 - - - - - $7,335 $23,950,935
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $22,500,000 $3,000,000 - $500,000 - - - $26,000,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $27,500,000 - - $500,000 - - - $28,000,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $9,500,000 $30,000,000 - - $500,000 - $28,856 $40,028,856
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $21,000,000 - - - - - - $21,000,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $5,000,000 $25,000,000 $10,000,000 - - - - $40,000,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - - $20,000,000 - - $30,000,000
    12 seasons $141,496,600 $58,472,688 $10,000,000 $1,000,000 $20,500,000 - $200,198 $231,669,486
    $141,496,600 $58,472,688 $10,000,000 $1,000,000 $20,500,000 - $200,198 $231,669,486
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $45,996,600 $472,688 - - - - $171,342 $46,640,630
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $95,500,000 $58,000,000 $10,000,000 $1,000,000 $20,500,000 - $28,856 $185,028,856
  • Transactions

    Mar 14 2023Converted a $20M roster bonus into signing bonus, adding 2 void years, clearing $16M of cap with Minnesota (MIN)
    Mar 13 2022Signed a 1 year $35 million contract extension with Minnesota (MIN)
    Mar 16 2020Signed a 2 year $66 million contract extension with Minnesota (MIN)
    Mar 13 2018Signed to a 3 year $84 million contract with Minnesota (MIN)
    Mar 13 2017Signed a 1 year $23.9 million franchise tag with Washington (WAS)
    Mar 1 2016Signed a 1 year $19.953 million non-exclusive franchise tag for 2016
    May 31 2012Signed a 4 year $2.57 million contract with Washington (WAS)
    Apr 28 2012Drafted by Washington (WAS): Round 4 (#102 overall)
  • 2023 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Kirk Cousins ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Pass Att Pass Cmp Pass Cmp% Pass Yds Pass Yds/Gm Pass TD Pass INT Pass Rating Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TD Fum Prod Pts
    2023 MIN 8 8 8 512 68.7 311 216 69.5 2331 291.38 18 5 103.78 14 25 0 7 149.74
    2022 MIN 17 17 15 1076 98.1 643 424 65.9 4547 267.47 29 14 92.46 31 97 2 7 291.58
    2021 MIN 16 16 16 1087 95.3 561 372 66.3 4221 263.81 33 7 103.1 29 115 1 12 300.34
    2020 MIN 16 16 16 1082 107.2 516 349 67.6 4265 266.56 35 13 105 32 156 1 9 306.2
    2019 MIN 16 15 15 982 94.8 444 307 69.1 3603 240.20 26 6 107.4 31 63 1 10 244.42
    2018 MIN 16 16 16 1051 100.0 606 425 70.1 4298 268.63 30 10 99.7 44 123 1 9 282.12
    2017 WAS 16 16 16 1012 99.5 540 347 64.3 4093 255.81 27 13 93.85 49 179 4 13 277.62
    2016 WAS 16 16 16 1063 100.0 606 406 67 4917 307.31 25 12 97.22 34 96 4 9 300.28
    2015 WAS 16 16 16 1027 95.9 543 379 69.8 4166 260.38 29 11 101.58 26 48 5 9 291.44
    2014 WAS 10 6 5 357 33.9 204 126 61.8 1710 285.00 10 9 86.44 7 20 0 2 88.4
    2013 WAS 16 5 3 238 20.8 155 81 52.3 854 170.80 4 7 58.37 4 14 0 3 33.56
    2012 WAS 16 3 1 95 9.2 48 33 68.8 466 155.33 4 3 101.56 3 22 0 1 32.84
    Totals 179 150 143 9,582 - 5,177 3,465 66.9 39,471 263.14 270 110 - 304 958 19 91 2,598.54
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 3 yrs, $118,851,330
    • Avg. Salary: $39,617,110
    • NFL Rank: 11
    • QB Rank: 11

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2024
    • Avg. Salary: $35,000,000
    • NFL Rank: 15
    • QB Rank: 15

    Comparable Players

    We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Kirk Cousins to.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    Matthew Stafford 4 $160,000,000 $40,000,000 34
    Derek Carr 4 $150,000,000 $37,500,000 31
    Dak Prescott 4 $160,000,000 $40,000,000 27
    Aaron Rodgers 3 $112,500,000 $37,500,000 39
    Averages 3.8 $145,625,000 $38,833,333 32.8


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Cousins's current age (35), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    4 $155,614,036 $38,903,509


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Cousins statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: Games Played %, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Passing Interceptions, Completion %, Passer Rating, Rating

    Player GP% Pass Yds/GM Pass TD/GM Pass Int/GM Pass Comp% Pass Rat Rating
    Matthew Stafford 2020-2021, LAR 100 271.82 2.03 0.82 65.71 99.63 81.05
    Derek Carr 2021-2022, NO 94.12 260.19 1.47 0.88 64.56 90.13 71.45
    Dak Prescott 2019-2020, DAL 65.63 321.81 1.86 0.71 66.56 99.66 82.75
    Aaron Rodgers 2021-2022, NYJ 97.06 236.67 1.91 0.48 66.75 101.48 83.75
    Average 89.20 272.62 1.82 0.72 65.90 97.73 79.75
    Kirk Cousins 2022-2023 92.59 275.12 1.88 0.76 67.7 98.13 81.75
    % Change 3.80% 0.92% 3.30% -5.56% 2.73% 0.41% 2.51%
    Median Prime % Change 2.51%
    Average Prime % Change 1.16%


    Calculated Market Value: Kirk Cousins

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    3 years, $118,851,330 $39,617,110