NFL Free Agency 2018: Winners, Losers and Ripple Effects of Wild Tuesday Moves

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    Kirk Cousins, of course

    Not only did the 29-year-old quarterback become the highest-paid player in NFL history by agreeing to a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings worth $28 million per season, but all $84 million are guaranteed (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter). That means that Cousins will make at least $128 million over a five-year period between 2016 and 2020. 

    Not bad for a fourth-round pick who started just nine games during his first three seasons and has seen most of his rate-based numbers decline ever since a strong first full campaign as Washington’s starter in 2015. 

    Cousins is good, but he hasn’t experienced a playoff victory, he’s been to just one Pro Bowl and it’s possible he benefited from the system he played in and the weapons that surrounded him during his first two seasons as a starter. 

    Sean McVay was Cousins’ offensive coordinator when he broke out in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2016, and he was lucky to have a top-notch receiving corps and one of the best offensive lines in the league. With McVay, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon gone and the line ravaged by injuries in 2017, Cousins had his worst season as a regular starter. 

    But that

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