Atlanta Falcons Predicted To Regret Deal For QB Kirk Cousins

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Will the Atlanta Falcons regret signing Kirk Cousins?

The Falcons entered the offseason in dire need of a quarterback. They ended up with two of them.

First, they signed Cousins to a massive four-year, $180 million deal in free agency. The contract features $100 million in guaranteed money, so Atlanta was clearly committing to Cousins with that pact.

Or was it?

A little over a month after inking Cousins, the Falcons selected Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall pick of the NFL Draft, which apparently bewildered Cousins.

Cousins’ dismay over the selection is none too surprising given the fact that he surely thought he would be “the guy” for Atlanta moving forward. He also surely thought the Falcons would try and get him some help in the draft rather than, you know, immediately picking his replacement.

That’s why Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox feels that Atlanta will ultimately end up regretting handing Cousins that much dough.

Here’s the thing: Penix is already 24 years old. Cousins signed a four-year deal. So, if the Falcons are assuming that Cousins plays out his entire contract (they probably aren’t), that would mean Penix would be 28 by the time he takes over under center.

The more likely thought process on the part of Atlanta is that Cousins will probably only be around for a year or two, in which case it would then turn things over to Penix.

That begs the question: why did the Falcons give Cousins $100 million in guarantees if they weren’t confident he would be able to last more than a couple of seasons?

I know Atlanta is saying that it is simply trying to cover the position for the next decade, but that seems kind of hard to believe.

Cousins will be 36 years old by the time the 2024 campaign starts and is coming off of a torn Achilles, so this sounds more like the Falcons saying, “We don’t fully trust Kirk Cousins.”

The Michigan State product is a four-time Pro Bowler, making one trip during his time with the Washington Redskins and then earning three Pro Bowl appearances with the Minnesota Vikings. Had he not gotten injured midway through last season, he surely would have made a fifth.

Cousins’ talent isn’t the issue. It’s whether or not he will actually be able to regain his form next season and beyond. It’s a legitimate question, and it’s one Atlanta apparently didn’t consider until it was too late or simply decided to ignore in free agency.

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