Kirk Cousins reportedly leaving Vikings, signing $180 million deal with Falcons

Atlanta Falcons QB Kirk Cousins
Atlanta Falcons QB Kirk Cousins / David Berding/GettyImages

After six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins as reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

After it was revealed on Sunday that Kirk Cousins would be testing the free-agent market this week after failing to agree to a new contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the veteran quarterback exiting the Twin Cities this offseason almost felt inevitable.

Well, on Monday, multiple reports revealed that the Atlanta Falcons are now the new home of the Pro Bowl signal-caller, meaning the Cousins era in Minnesota will be coming to an end when he signs his new contract later this week.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cousins and the Falcons have agreed to a four-year contract that is worth up to $180 million and it includes $100 million in guarantees.

Minnesota Vikings entering a new era with Kirk Cousins signing with the Atlanta Falcons

After spending the last six years with Cousins as their starting quarterback, the Vikings will have someone new starting under center for a regular-season opener for the first time since 2017.

Rumors have already begun about who Minnesota might bring in this offseason to take Cousins' spot on the roster, but one would assume that they are likely going to be targeting one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's NFL Draft.

Currently, the Vikings have the No. 11 pick in April's draft. So, if they want to land one of the top young signal-callers, a trade-up in the first round will probably be necessary.

As for Cousins, he leaves Minnesota with the franchise's third-most career passing yards, second-most passing touchdowns, and third-highest career completion percentage.

The Vikings brought Cousins in during free agency back in 2018 to be the final piece of a team that was just coming off of an appearance in the 2017 NFC Championship.

Unfortunately, the veteran quarterback was never able to live up to the expectations he was given in 2018, as Minnesota was only able to win one playoff game in the last six seasons with him as their starter.