Kirk Cousins figures to be the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL (for now) when he ultimately signs his free agent contract after the start of the new league year on Mar. 14, but it may not be for as much as people have speculated. The belief has been that Cousins will potentially nab a contract that surpasses $30 million annually, but that would be quite a jump based on what the most recent signal-caller to sign a deal received. Jimmy Garoppolo signed an extension with the San Francisco 49ers that pays him around $27.5 million a year. His deal followed an extension signed by Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, who signed his deal at $27 million per year. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says that a similar progression should be followed as it pertains to the Cousins deal.