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What Kirk Cousins ​​recognized with the Falcons’ Michael Penix Jr. pick

Kirk Cousins ​​insists there are no issues between him and the Falcons, who selected his heir apparent in Michael Penix Jr. in last month’s NFL draft.

If anything, the experience reiterated a story as old as time when it comes to business in the league.

“I think you’re reminded again that there are things that you control and there are a lot of things that you don’t control, so let’s deal with reality and acknowledge that fact and then be a steward and not an owner,” Cousins ​​said on Tuesday’s episode of the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast.

Kirk Cousins ​​joined the Falcons in NFL free agency in March 2024. P.A.

“So I just believe I have to manage what comes my way and control what I can control, which is what a steward does, but a steward doesn’t worry about what he can’t control. An owner does it… So I just have to deal with it and kind of do what I’ve always done as a player and let the chips fall where they may.

Less than two months after Cousins ​​signed a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons worth $100 million guaranteed in NFL free agency, the brass Atlanta have selected former Washington quarterback Penix with the eighth overall pick in the April 2024 NFL Draft – stunning both the league and, according to reports, the former Vikings quarterback.

For Cousins, however, the allegations of discord over Penix’s selection don’t help the quarterbacks, much less the team.

“No, I don’t think it’s possible, I don’t think it’s useful,” the 35-year-old replied when asked if there was a problem with the team.

“We’re trying to win a Super Bowl and that’s hard enough, so let’s all be on the same page and try to win a Super Bowl.”

Michael Penix Jr. was selected eighth overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Kirk Cousins ​​appears on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast in May 2024. Bussin’ with the boys/YouTube

Before landing in Atlanta, Cousins ​​spent the last six seasons in Minnesota, where he reached the playoffs twice.

Although he led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2022 after finishing the regular season at 13-4, the final season was cut short for Cousins ​​after he tore his Achilles tendon last week. 8.

While Cousins ​​is eager to get a fresh start in Atlanta, he is ready to work with Penix, who he texted on draft night in April.

Kirk Cousins ​​​​spent the last six seasons with the Vikings. P.A.

“I just texted him that night, I wanted him to have my number, just to have a resource to contact,” Cousins ​​said of Penix, who was the fourth-string quarterback selected in the first round behind Caleb Williams (No. 1 in the ranking). Bears), Jayden Daniels (No. 2 to Commanders) and Drake Maye (No. 3 to Patriots).

“…And then I just congratulated him on his great college career. I experienced it. It’s difficult to do. And what he did is at the top in terms of academic achievement. So, I just wanted to let him know that I have the utmost respect for what he’s done and that we’re ready to get to work. And I’m here if he needs me.

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has since provided insight into the pick, noting that Cousins ​​is the quarterback of the present while Penix represents the future.

Michael Penix Jr. passes during rookie mini camp on May 10, 2024. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

“When you can add a high-caliber player like that with his intangibles, those tools, it’s a winner. Very, very excited. You don’t let this opportunity pass,” Fontenot told reporters in April. “Kirk Cousins ​​is our quarterback. We’re very excited about Kirk, we’re very excited about our team. Michael Penix is, we’re talking about the future. The plan is this: you look at the future and you look at the big picture.

“But we’re very excited about this quarterback room. And again, Kirk is our quarterback, but adding Michael Penix is ​​thinking about the future.

Penix led the Huskies to a national championship appearance in January, with Michigan edging Washington 34-13.

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