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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Doug Baldwin calls Kirk Cousins ‘hero’ for getting fully guaranteed contract

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is expected to sign a contract with the Minnesota Vikings when free agency officially begins on Wednesday, and the structure of the deal should excite his fellow players.

According to multiple reports, Cousins is signing a three-year contract that is fully guaranteed, with the total value being around $86 million.

By signing a fully guaranteed contract, Cousins has all the power. Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford signed five-year deals with their teams that included almost the exact same amount of guaranteed money that Cousins is getting, but they won’t have the ability to become free agents as soon as all that money is paid out. Cousins, who is 29, will hit free agency again at age 32. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin called Cousins a “hero” for the precedent he is setting.

Unlike in the NBA and MLB, fully guaranteed contracts in the NFL are practically unheard of. That rubs many players the wrong way since the NFL is the most profitable sports league in the world, and injuries are far more rampant in football than basketball and baseball.

If the Vikings can guarantee Cousins every penny of his contract over three seasons, why shouldn’t an NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion like this guy demand the same type of deal? Baldwin and others are hoping Cousins has started a trend.

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