ESPN pundit praises Falcons free agent signing of Kirk Cousins

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Much like last year, Terry Fontenot came out of the free agent gates swinging. The Falcons and Kirk Cousins agreed in principle to a massive four-year, $180 million deal that gives Atlanta a solid quarterback for the first time since Matt Ryan.

The veteran went down with a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 8 but was playing some of the best football of his career last year. He completed 69.5% of his passes for 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions before the injury.

Somehow, the fan base is split on the acquisition, though. Falcons faithful are disgruntled over the price of a 36-year-old quarterback coming off a torn Achilles, but that is the going rate for a competent signal caller in today’s NFL.

What isn’t arguable is the fact that the Falcons are a better team today with Kirk Cousins than they were yesterday, and Dan Orlovsky expanded on the signing.

With a trio of skill players in Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and Bijan Robinson, a formidable offensive line, and a highly respected coordinator — Kirk Cousins and Atlanta have all the tools needed to put together a top 10 offense this year.

The Falcons didn’t pinch pennies and may have overpaid slightly, but for a team that hasn’t made the postseason since 2017, has never hosted a playoff game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and has a desperate owner, this is a very palatable deal.

In fact, if you’re upset about this, you need to look in the mirror. You’re a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, an organization that has done a lot more losing than winning, especially in the post-Matt Ryan era.

Kirk Cousins is an overall net positive for the Falcons. Deal with it.

Photographer: Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire

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