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Kirk Cousins: Vikings a perfect fit due to ‘my desire to win football games’

Kirk Cousins on Thursday officially became a member of the Minnesota Vikings after signing a fully-guaranteed, three-year, $84 million deal. While it was long believed that Cousins was “destined” to sign with the Vikings, now that it’s official, Cousins is explaining why Minnesota was a perfect fit.

Cousins of course had several options in free agency, and reports suggested other teams conceivably could have offered him a bigger payday. That said, Cousins said during an appearance Friday on “PFT Live” that there was “a long list of reasons” he ultimately chose the Vikings after only a brief foray into free agency. Most importantly, however, was Minnesota affords Cousins the opportunity to be part of a stable organization that provides him the best opportunity to make a run at a Super Bowl.

“It came down to my desire to win football games,” Cousins said. “Minnesota appeared to be that fit for a lot of reasons. Ultimately the leadership of the organization is what set it apart.”

Cousins is now the franchise quarterback the Vikings have long desired. And it cannot be understated that Cousins is walking into a great opportunity to succeed. After all, the Vikings were among the top teams in the NFC before signing Cousins and are coming off a 13-3 campaign in which they reached the conference championship game. With that comes pressure for Cousins, of course. The question is if the 29-year-old signal-caller is up for the daunting challenge.

Cousins said during his introductory press conference Thursday that signing only a three-year deal with the Vikings does not mean he intends for his stay in Minnesota to be a short one.

“This is a lifetime deal,” Cousins said, via the Star Tribune. “That’s the goal. Yes, it’s a three-year deal, but the expectation is from both sides we raise our kids here and if everything goes as planned, we’ll be here a long, long time.”

The onus is now on Cousins to make sure the Vikings feel the same way.