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Vikings, QB Kirk Cousins agree to 1-year extension

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is now signed through 2023. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/2e8d282580bc33f6758a003173ad5857/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is now signed through 2023. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

March 14 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, the team announced.

The Vikings confirmed Sunday that the deal was agreed to "in principle" and will keep Cousins under contract through the 2023 season.

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"I am thrilled for the opportunity to play for Kevin and could not be more excited about the direction of our team," Cousins said in a news release. "As soon as we return to TCO Performance Center next month, we will begin working toward our collective goal of bringing a championship to Vikings fans."

Sources told NFL Network and ESPN that the pact is worth $35 million and is fully guaranteed.

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Cousins will receive $25 million of his salary through a signing bonus, paid over the remaining years of his contract. The deal allows the team to save nearly $14 million against the salary cap.

"Kirk was one of the first players I called when I joined the Vikings, and it was immediately clear how much he cares about this organization and about winning" Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Menshah said.

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"High-level quarterback play is a prerequisite to building a championship team, and we are confident Kirk will continue along that path."

Cousins completed 66.3% of his throws for 4,221 yards, 33 scores and seven interceptions in 16 starts last season. He was 8-8 as a starter and made the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career. Cousins, 33, signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Vikings in 2020.

He is now scheduled to make $40 million in 2022 and $30 million in 2023. His new deal includes voidable contract years in 2024 and 2025, which save the team salary cap space.

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The Vikings were $17 million over the NFL's $208.2 million salary cap allowance last week and need to get under that limit by Wednesday, the start of the new league year.

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