Kirk Cousins wants to ‘earn the right’ to retire with the Vikings
Kirk Cousins, who signed a one-year contract extension with the Vikings, wants a lot more with Minnesota than just a contract.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed a one-year $35 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings last month, wants to play like a Viking and retire as one.
The 33-year-old is set to stay in Minneapolis through the 2023 season, but Cousins revealed to the media that his dreams with the Vikings are bigger than that: retiring in purple and gold.
When asked for why he signed the contract extension, Cousins said that he simply “wanted to be a Minnesota Viking.” He added that he also wanted to create some cap space that allowed for a strong roster that brings them more wins this fall.
“My mind-set was really to be a Viking. I would like to retire as a Viking, and so I would like to play my way into that, if you will. I know I’ve got to earn the right to do that.”
Vikings stick with Cousins
While there were rumors earlier in the off-season that Minnesota was not fully confident in their quarterback, the conversations around that eventually dissolved and the Vikings decided to stick with Cousins.
“If I could draw it up, it’d be, ‘Play well enough that you never have to play or wear another jersey anywhere else,’” Cousins said. “I’m going to work really hard to try to make that possible.”