Kirk Cousins signing four-year deal with Falcons

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Kirk Cousins has agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, per an announcement from his agent.

Before tearing his Achilles tendon in October, the four-time Pro Bowler threw for 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions in just eight games. 

Cousins, who has spent the last six seasons as the Minnesota Vikings’ franchise quarterback, ranks second in Vikings history with 35 TD passes in a season (2020) while his eight games with 3+ passing TD’s in the same year is a franchise record. His 47 QB starts and 25 wins also put him at 5th and 6th in Vikings history.

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Much like he did when he arrived in Minnesota in 2018, Cousins now takes over another talented roster with a need at quarterback in Atlanta. The Falcons have spent several of their most recent first-round picks at offensive skill positions, including tight end Kyle Pitts, wide receiver Drake London and running back Bijan Robinson.

There will also be some familiarity for Cousins, who worked under Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay during his first NFL stop in Washington and McVay’s former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell over the past two seasons with the Vikings. Cousins now joins new Falcons head coach Raheem Morris, who was an assistant in Washington when Cousins was there, and offensive coordinator Zac Robinson, also a former Rams assistant under McVay.

He was drafted by Washington in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft and spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the team.

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