Kirk Cousins rumors: Cardinals prepping monster offer, look to pair him with FA

The Arizona Cardinals were thought to be out of the running for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins just a few weeks ago, owed largely in part to the notion that two other teams can offer either more money (Jets) or immediate success (Vikings). But it’s since been circulated that Arizona is one of four remaining teams in the hunt for Cousins.

The Jets and Vikings look like the primary suitors and Cousins’ decision probably comes down to those two teams, but it’s worth noting that, according to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, Arizona is prepping a monster offer for Cousins.

Specifically, per Jurecki, the Cardinals plan to offer Cousins a five-year deal worth $145 million, which would mean Cousins makes $29 million per year, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history, surpassing Jimmy Garoppolo’s average annual value. 

Additionally, Jurecki reports the offer would feature a $20 million signing bonus and $15 million in base salary in the first year, along with a whopping $90 million in guarantees over the first three years of the deal. 

That sort of the contract would absolutely put the Cardinals in play for Cousins. 

It’s believed the Jets could offer him north of $150 million over five years, which would obviously top

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