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Staying and going: Vikings extend contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins, trade receiver Stefon Diggs – Minneapolis Star Tribune

On Monday morning — two years and one day after they first signed Kirk Cousins — the Vikings tied their fortunes to the quarterback through 2022 with a $66 million contract extension.

By Monday night, they had traded away the author of the “Minneapolis Miracle” at a time where his discontentment with the team had reached a breaking point.

The Vikings traded wide receiver Stefon Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for the 22nd pick in this year’s draft, along with a fifth- and sixth-rounder this year and a fourth-rounder in 2021. The move closed a day that began with Cousins’ new deal, which again puts him among the NFL’s five highest-paid quarterbacks while reducing his salary cap charge by $9.5 million.

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