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Kirk Cousins records message for Minnesota: 'I've gotta say goodbye'

Cousins will make his agreement with the Falcons official on Wednesday.
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If it didn't feel real when it was reported Monday that Kirk Cousins was signing a $180 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, it will Wednesday when he puts pen to paper and signs the official contract. Ahead of his big moment in Atlanta, Cousins took a moment to release a video saying thanks to the people of Minnesota. 

"Today's a bit of a bittersweet day for me. I'm in Atlanta now and a little later today I'm going to be signing a contract with the Falcons to officialize the agreement that we've made. But that also means that I've gotta say goodbye to Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings, and that's what makes today tough," Cousins said. 

"First of all, thank you to the tremendous teammates, coaches, support staff, management and ownership of the Minnesota Vikings for the way that they have come alongside me and supported me. Quarterback really doesn't have a chance without great people around him and for six seasons in Minnesota I had great people around me and I don't take that for granted. 

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"It was a privilege to quarterback the Minnesota Vikings and da privilege that brought much responsibility, and so I wanted to be accountable to all those people who work for the Vikings and put in the work that was needed to deliver for them and so I'm very grateful for who they are, what they represented and the difference they made for me and my family. 

"I'd also just like to say thank you to the people of Minnesota, the people of the Twin Cities and the people we did life with on a daily basis around our great state of Minnesota. I just want to way thank you. You meant so much to my family, and as a result of your impact Minnesota will always hold a special place in the hearts of me and my family, so thank you, and God bless."