- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2020

Quarterback Kirk Cousins agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, his agent announced.

The former Redskin was about to enter the final year of his three-year, $84 million deal with Minnesota. The extension keeps him in purple through 2022.

The NFL Network later reported that the extension was worth $66 million, meaning he was set to make $96 million over the next three seasons.

Cousins and the Redskins parted ways in 2018 after he received the team’s franchise tag two years in a row to keep him in Washington. When he hit free agency and signed with the Vikings, his deal made him the NFL’s highest-paid player on an average annual value basis — and the contract was fully guaranteed.

The NFL and the players’ association agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement on Sunday, days before the new league year is set to begin, which will let teams be at more ease to spend money.

Cousins led the Vikings to a playoff win last season, the first of the quarterback’s career, before they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional round. In two seasons in Minnesota Cousins has thrown for 7,901 yards and 56 touchdowns against just 16 interceptions.

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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