Falcons will have to financially “step up” to pry Kirk Cousins away from Vikings

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Last week, the Falcons were betting favorites to land Kirk Cousins in free agency, but over the weekend, a report simmered conversations.

A return to Minnesota for Kirk Cousins was very much in the cards, and a contract extension before free agency was a possibility, according to this report. Now, with the tampering period open, Cousins will test free agency.

However, it doesn’t mean the Falcons should be viewed as frontrunners; in fact, it might not be a 50-50 proposition, as one Vikings source told Jeremy Fowler. It seems Atlanta is on the outside looking in, and it would take a significant contract to pry Kirk Cousins out of Minnesota, according to Adam Schefter this morning.

The holdup with the Vikings is the contract. Cousins seemingly wants guarantees that Minnesota is reluctant to give.

The veteran has signed fully guaranteed deal after fully guaranteed deal. Coming off a significant injury like an Achilles tear ahead of the twilight years of his career, Cousins would be a fool to accept anything other than a fully guaranteed contract.

The Falcons very well could be being used as leverage for Cousins and his representation. The Vikings may be hesitant to give him what he wants, but the moment Atlanta breaks out their checkbook could be all the convincing Minnesota needs.

With the legal tampering window open, the Falcons, Vikings, and Kirk Cousins saga should reach a conclusion rather quickly. Hopefully, it ends up with Atlanta coming out on top. Stay tuned.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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