4 of the richest contracts ever given out by the Minnesota Vikings

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Which players earned the big bucks from their time with Minnesota Vikings?

During the 2018 offseason, the Minnesota Vikings were the top story when they made Kirk Cousins the first quarterback in NFL history to sign a fully-guaranteed contract.

Cousins and the Vikings agreed to a three-year, $84 million deal and since he signed the contract, it seems like the quarterback has been associated with the No 84 more than the guy who first made it famous for the team in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Throughout their history, Minnesota hasn’t been afraid to shell out a little extra cash to players they believe are worth the money. If there was a Hall of Fame for the richest contracts handed out in league history, a number of former Vikings players would end up as members.

If the amounts were adjusted by the percentage increase of what the salary cap was when the contracts were signed to what the salary cap is in 2020 ($198.2 million), some of the contracts Minnesota handed out would be among the most lucrative in the NFL today.

So who are some of these former Vikings players that were lucky enough to have the team back the Brinks truck up for them? These aren’t in any specific order, but the players included were selected because their annual average salary would rank among the highest in the league today when the percentage increase in salary cap is applied to their amount.