Kirk Cousins shocked by Falcons’ Michael Penix Jr. Draft Pick

The 2024 NFL Draft finally kicked off last night and the Atlanta Falcons shocked everyone, including their quarterback Kirk Cousins with their surprising draft pick.

Everyone was stunned when the team called Michael Penix Jr’s name with the No. 8 overall pick. It was the most shocking move of the night considering the team had just signed Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal.

Later, it was also reported that Cousins, who claimed Falcons will be his final stop was not even aware of this draft move. The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reported that “he’s (Cousins) a bit stunned” by the decision. 

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that the QB was frustrated and confused by this sudden decision of the team to sign another QB.

“There’s inherent frustration and confusion from Cousins’ camp, as they didn’t use that pick to help the team in 2024. They instead drafted his eventual replacement before he’s put on a Falcons helmet.” 

However, he further added that Kirk Cousins “understands the business of football” and will be playing with the team.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah also shared that when he reached out to the agent of Cousins, he also added that Kirk Cousins and he wasn’t informed about the addition of Michael Penix Jr. which is strange considering the team should have at least informed the QB.

This move of the team raises plenty of questions, especially considering there was no immediate need for a quarterback as they had just spent a lucrative amount to sign Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins contract details with the Falcons 

The Falcons officially announced the signing of QB Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal in March. Cousins, who compared the team to Shaquille O’Neal’s Miami Heat era, signed a deal worth up to $180 million, with $100 million guaranteed.

The contract includes a significant payout structure, with Cousins set to receive $90 million in 2024-25 and an additional $10 million in 2026.

Kirk Cousins brings 12 seasons of NFL experience to the Falcons. He was drafted by the Washington Commanders in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and spent six seasons with them before joining the Minnesota Vikings for the past six seasons.

With Kirk Cousins on board, the team’s need for a starting QB was filled therefore the sudden addition of a new QB shocked Cousins. But the team must have some solid reason behind this move.

Maheen Zaib

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