Vikings News: Kirk Cousins shares 'bittersweet' goodbye video to Minnesota fans

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Kirk Cousins bid farewell to the Minnesota Vikings and the team's fans in a touching video shared on social media.

After spending six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins decided to sign with the Atlanta Falcons on a four-year deal worth $180 million including a $50 million signing bonus and $90 million guaranteed.

The 35-year-old quarterback is coming off a season-ending Achilles tendon injury but was still considered as the top player available in free agency. With his exit, the Vikings have signed Sam Darnold and will likely add a QB in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Cousins shift to Atlanta will cause some major changes for the Vikings. However, it is also important to appreciate the time he spent in Minnesota and understand that the NFL is a business that can be turbulent at times.

Kirk Cousins said farewell and thank you to the Minnesota Vikings

NFL free agency officially started on Wednesday and the deals that were agreed upon before this time can become official. In a classy move, Kirk Cousins took to social media to share some thoughts on his change of teams and show his appreciation for the Vikings and the team's fans.

Here is that video as shared on Cousins' X accountIn:

In the video, Cousins thanked his "tremendous" teammates, coaches, support staff, management, and ownership in Minnesota. He called it a "privilege" to play quarterback in Minnesota and spoke highly of the Twin Cities area and state since it will always hold a special place in his heart.

Cousins does have a link to Georgia that could have helped him decide to join the Falcons. He and his wife Julie were wed in Atlanta in 2014, Julie attended college in Atlanta, and she was born in Alpharetta, Georgia.

It's hard not to like Kirk Cousins as a person. He has always been a classy individual and even though he is no longer with the Minnesota Vikings, he is a quarterback that NFL fans can feel good rooting for.