Mar 14, 2024 - Sports

Which athletes made the most money playing in Minnesota

Data: Spotrac. Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Spotrac. Chart: Axios Visuals

Kirk Cousins is leaving the Vikings after making more money playing in Minnesota than all but two other athletes —the Twins' Joe Mauer and the Wolves' Kevin Garnett.

Between the lines: Cousins chose to bet on himself multiple times in his career, opting for short-term deals that paid him higher salaries. It could have backfired if not for (mostly) good health and continued strong play.

  • In the end, the strategy paid off.

Yes, but: Sometimes being a highly paid player comes with a price: Heavy criticism. Cousins, Mauer, Ryan Suter, and Zach Parise heard their fair share.

What they're saying: In a goodbye video message, Cousins told fans, "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 of my family."

What we're watching: Unless he's traded, Karl-Anthony Towns will surpass Cousins and Garnett next year and Mauer the year after.

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