EAGAN, Minn. - When legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant had lunch this week with Kirk Cousins, he noticed the recently signed quarterback never stopped smiling.
"It seems like he's a very happy camper," Grant said. "He got what, $28 million guaranteed per year?"
In March, Cousins signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. He had lunch Tuesday with Grant, 90, and Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, 98, at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan and tweeted a photo of the gathering to his Instagram account.
"Lunch with a couple of Minnesota legends," he wrote.
Yes, Cousins was smiling in the photo.
Grant, who still works for the Vikings as a consultant, said it was the first time he had met Cousins.
"It was great," Grant said. "He's a good guy. It was small talk. He's going around looking for houses and having meetings and everything. He's a busy guy."
Grant, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who coached the Vikings from 1967-83 and in 1985, said he didn't offer any football advice.
"I don't keep my job and my office by giving words of wisdom," he said. "I keep my mouth shut and my head down.''
Grant, who turns 91 on May 20, is preparing for yet another of his now famous garage sales at his home in Bloomington even though he said last year he was planning to have his final one.
"It's the last one until the next one," Grant said of the May 16-18 sale. "It may be (the last). When you're my age, 91 years old, how many years can you count ahead? Tomorrow's a bonus."
The highlight of last year's sale was a rare Grant bobble-head doll. Asked what this year's feature attraction will be, Grant said, "We're not ready to announce one now."
Grant isn't sure exactly how many garage sales he and his family have had over the years, but that won't stop him from advertising a figure.
"This is the 10th annual one," he said. "You've got to advertise something. I don't know if it's the 11th or the ninth, but we're calling it the 10th annual one."