Kyle Pitts led the recruitment of Kirk Cousins to the Falcons

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When Raheem Morris was hired to be the head coach of the Falcons, it was made well-known that they would aggressively attack the quarterback position this offseason, and they didn’t disappoint, inking Kirk Cousins to a massive $180 million contract over four years.

It’s evident the former Vikings quarterback was at the top of the Falcons wish list, but it wasn’t just the decision makers who preferred Cousins. Current players were also involved in the recruitment, with Kyle Pitts leading the charge, according to Cousins, who spoke to the Atlanta media for the first time earlier this week after the signing became official.

By committing $180 million to a soon to be 36-year-old quarterback coming off a torn Achilles injury, the Falcons sent a signal to their players, fan base, and the rest of the league. This is a team that is attempting to win now, and they have a lot more than an NFC South crown on their minds.

Kirk Cousins was solely the best option for any quarterback-needy organization that is attempting to compete for a Super Bowl. Every member of the Falcons recognized that early on in the process, which makes it that much more encouraging to know that they got their guy.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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