Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings
Quarterback #8
Minnesota Vikings
Quarterback #8
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Kirk Cousins News

Agrees to one-year extension

Cousins will sign a one-year, $35 million contract extension with the Vikings on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cousins drew some trade interest during the offseason as several other veteran quarterbacks were dealt recently, but he'll remain under contract with Minnesota through the 2023 season on a deal that includes a no-trade clause. His $35 million salary is fully guaranteed and will free up nearly $14 million in cap room for the Vikings heading into free agency. The 33-year-old completed 372 of 561 passes for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven touchdowns while rushing 29 times for 115 yards and a touchdown during the 2022 campaign, and he drew praise from new head coach Kevin O'Connell in February.

Mar 13, 2022 4:44 PM EST

Gets vote of confidence from new HC

New Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said Thursday that he anticipates that Cousins will be a part of the team's plans in 2022, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Cousins is entering the final year of his contract with the Vikings and has been linked to trade rumors early in the offseason, in part because of his $45 million cap hit that he carries in 2022. However, he's been a consistent player under center across his first four seasons in Minnesota, as he's passed for at least 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in three of those four years while throwing no more than 13 interceptions in any season. O'Connell previously worked with Cousins when he was the quarterbacks coach in Washington during the 2017 campaign, and the offensive-minded coach plans to call plays for the first time to begin his tenure with the Vikings.

Feb 17, 2022 2:36 PM EST

Three touchdowns in return

Cousins completed 14 of 22 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Cousins returned from a one-game absence while on the reserve/COVID-19 list to end the season on a strong note. He led an impressive comeback, tossing three lengthy touchdowns that went for 44, 45 and 21 yards to three different receivers. Those explosive plays helped Cousins overcome a lack of volume, as his 22 pass attempts were his fewest on the campaign. Though Cousins is highly scrutinized, he's now reached 30 passing touchdowns and 4,000 passing yards in three of his last four seasons.

Jan 9, 2022 4:59 PM EST

Returns from COVID-19 list

Cousins was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon, shortly after coach Mike Zimmer said Cousins will start Sunday's game against Chicago, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: With that, Cousins returns to the lineup and boosts the Week 18 fantasy prospects of his teammates, namely Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin. Per Zimmer, the Vikings won't make any adjustments to playing time based on their recent elimination from the playoffs.

Jan 5, 2022 9:27 AM EST

In line to return from COVID list

Cousins (illness) is on track to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Per coach Mike Zimmer, Cousins is back at the Vikings' facility Wednesday, which sets the stage for the QB to officially come off the list, with an official transaction thus looming. With that in mind, Zimmer confirmed that Cousins is slated to start against Chicago this weekend.

Jan 5, 2022 8:43 AM EST

Officially moves to COVID list

Cousins (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Cousins tested positive for the virus, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, and will be sidelined for Sunday night's matchup with the Packers. Kellen Mond and Kyle Sloter are the remaining quarterbacks on Minnesota's active roster, as top backup Sean Mannion is also on the COVID list after testing positive last weekend.

Dec 31, 2021 8:12 AM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Cousins tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and will be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Packers since he's unvaccinated, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Even with the updated league protocols that include a reduced quarantine period for positive test results, Cousins will be out for Sunday's divisional matchup since he tested positive so close to the game and is unvaccinated. It's a tough blow for the Vikings, which are trailing the 49ers and Eagles by one game each for the final two playoff spots in the NFC. Kellen Mond and Kyle Sloter are the quarterbacks currently available on Minnesota's roster for this weekend, unless Sean Mannion (illness) is able to return from the COVID-19 list.

Dec 31, 2021 7:59 AM EST

Mediocre against Rams

Cousins completed 27 of 38 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: The Vikings were playing from behind for nearly the entire game, which allowed Cousins to rack up plenty of volume. He connected on four completions that went for over 20 yards with Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Adam Thielen (ankle). The result was only his third game with 300 or more passing yards in his last nine starts. Despite the gaudy yardage total, Cousins' fantasy production was held back by the fact that he managed to throw for only one touchdown, which came midway through the fourth quarter. Cousins may have to take to the air plenty once again in Week 17 for a matchup against the Packers.

Dec 26, 2021 6:35 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Cousins (ribs) was a full practice participant Thursday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: One day removed from logging a rare limited session Wednesday due to a rib issue, Cousins handled every practice rep thrown his way. The Vikings took a hit in the skill positions Thursday when Dalvin Cook (illness) tested positive for COVID-19, while Adam Thielen (ankle) managed a second consecutive LP on the team's injury report. There's a distinct possibility Cousins could be without both Cook -- who won't play Sunday -- and Thielen this weekend against the Rams, leaving Justin Jefferson, Alexander Mattison, K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin as his top options on offense.

Dec 23, 2021 3:31 PM EST

Tending to rib issue

Cousins was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough due to a rib injury.

Analysis: Cousins rarely misses games, let alone practice reps, so his inclusion on the Vikings' first Week 16 injury report is somewhat of a concern. Still, he managed to mix into some drills and has two more sessions this week to get back to his customary full allotment of reps.

Dec 22, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Career-low passing yardage in win

Cousins completed 12 of 24 passes for 87 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Vikings' 17-9 win over the Bears on Monday night. He also rushed twice for 10 yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by the Vikings.

Analysis: The ugly stat line sums up how choppy the night was for the Vikings offense, but Cousins prevented a total fantasy washout for managers rolling with him their postseason contests by firing touchdown passes to Justin Jefferson and Ihmir Smith-Marsette in the first and third quarters. In fairness to the veteran quarterback, he also endured constant pressure, taking four sacks and getting hit seven times overall. The yardage total was the lowest career figure for Cousins in a start, but paired with a strong showing by the defense and a workmanlike effort from Dalvin Cook (28 carries, 89 yards), it proved enough for a key late-season win. Cousins next chance to keep Minnesota's playoff hopes alive comes in a Week 16 home matchup against the Rams that will almost certainly require Minnesota to be a lot more aggressive through the air than Monday night.

Dec 20, 2021 8:35 PM EST

Works around inefficiency, INTs

Cousins completed 14 of 31 passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. He also rushed twice for 14 yards.

Analysis: Cousins went into the contest with a sparkling 25:3 TD:INT on the season, along with an impressive 68.4 percent completion rate. Those numbers went by the wayside Thursday in what was a tough matchup against a short-handed but gritty Steelers defense, one that never sacked Cousins but recorded six hits on him and also saddled him with his first multi-interception performance since Week 6 of last season. Cousins did make for the pair of turnovers with touchdown passes of 14 and 62 yards to Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn, the latter a critical score with 10:51 remaining after the Steelers had closed to within nine points. The veteran signal-caller extended his multi-touchdown streak to six games with the two scoring tosses, a stretch he'll look to extend at the expense of the Bears in a Week 15 Monday night battle on Dec. 20.

Dec 9, 2021 9:39 PM EST

Carves through DET secondary

Cousins completed 30 of 40 pass attempts for 340 yards and two touchdowns while losing a fumble in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Cousins led what appeared to be a game-winning drive near the end of the fourth quarter, but was forced to helplessly watch Minnesota's defense cough up the lead as time expired. Despite the embarrassing loss to the no-longer win-less Lions, Cousins was able to continue his recent trend of premier play from the pocket. The 32-year-old is quietly stringing together one of his finest seasons as a pro, completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,353 yards and a sparkling 25:3 TD:INT ratio through 12 games. The Steelers will provide a stiffer test compared to the Lions from a defensive perspective, but Cousins remains in startable option in all formats heading in this week's Thursday Night Football matchup.

Dec 5, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Falls short in San Francisco

Cousins completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: He hit Adam Thielen for a pair of first-half scores, but the Vikings' passing game fell quiet in the second half and Cousins couldn't put together a game-tying drive during a scoreless fourth quarter. The 33-year-old QB has tossed multiple touchdowns in four straight games, a streak he'll look to extend -- albeit with better results -- in Week 13 against the Lions.

Nov 28, 2021 7:24 PM EST

Stays hot in home victory

Cousins completed 24 of 35 pass attempts for 341 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Cousins went into a matchup that can be challenging for opposing quarterbacks and not only excelled, but also led his team to a surprising victory. The 33-year-old has been on a roll of late, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,379 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over his last five contests. Cousins will look to keep his momentum rolling next Sunday against a San Francisco squad that is very thin in the secondary.

Nov 21, 2021 3:27 PM EST

Strong effort in road win

Cousins completed 25 of 37 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Both scores were caught by Tyler Conklin, but Cousins' favorite target on the day was Justin Jefferson, who hauled in nearly 50 percent of the quarterback's passing yards. It's the sixth time in nine games Cousins has tossed multiple TDs, and he'll take a sharp 18:2 TD:INT into a Week 11 clash with the Packers.

Nov 14, 2021 6:02 PM EST

Three total TDs in loss

Cousins completed 17 of 28 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Vikings' 34-31 overtime loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He also scored a one-yard touchdown on his only rush attempt.

Analysis: Cousins didn't take a single sack and stayed away from turnovers altogether, but he still turned in an underwhelming effort from a yardage perspective against what had been an inconsistent secondary. Nevertheless, he delivered for fantasy managers with his three total touchdowns, with the two through the air going to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen from 50 and one yard out in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. Cousins has been under 200 passing yards in two straight games and will have an uphill battle to improve much on his yardage numbers against the stingy Chargers secondary in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Harassed by DAL defense

Cousins completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 184 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Cousins only took one sack Sunday, but he seemed to be under constant pressure from the Cowboys' pass rush throughout the contest. This resulted in shorter throws from the veteran arm (5.3 yards per attempt), and some miscommunications with his receivers, as evidenced by his visible frustration at the end of multiple stalled drives. Cousins had been performing at a high level prior to Sunday's rough showing, and he will get a golden opportunity to get things back on track in a tasty matchup against the Ravens' league-worst pass defense.

Oct 31, 2021 10:47 PM EST

Strong showing in OT win

Cousins completed 33 of 48 pass attempts for 373 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-28 overtime win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Cousins was brilliant in this contest, and against a Panthers defense that is no pushover either. Having a healthy Dalvin Cook back certainly helped ease the opponent's defensive focus away from the passing attack, which could bode well for the veteran arm if his star back can stay healthy following the team's upcoming bye. Cousins will head into said bye with a strong start to the season overall, producing three 300-plus yard and four multi-touchdown games, all while completing over two-thirds of his passes through six contests.

Oct 17, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Solid, yet unspectacular in win

Cousins completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 275 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 19-17 win over Detroit.

Analysis: Cousins turned in a fantasy performance that can't be complained about, nor celebrated, as it was spectacularly average across the board. It was a step back in the right direction for the veteran arm, who turned in a dud against the Browns last game. Cousins will enter next week's tilt against the Cowboys with a solid 10:2 TD:INT ratio through five games.

Oct 10, 2021 3:49 PM EST

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