Rumblings growing louder that Vikings will be “players” for Kirk Cousins

Getty Images

The rumblings of Minnesota’s interest in Kirk Cousins are growing louder.

Several reports have surfaced saying the Vikings will enter into the bidding for Cousins. The Broncos and Jets also are expected to go after the quarterback.

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt predicted Cousins would land in Minnesota, tweeting, “If I were a betting man, I’d say that’s where he lands. Certainly interest on both sides.”

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media said the “Vikings are going to be players for Kirk Cousins,” and his co-worker, Ian Rapoport, added the “Vikings are going to be in very heavy on Cousins.”

Charles Robinson of Yahoo offered his take after arriving in Indianapolis, tweeting, “Vikings and Cousins is a legit thing. But it’s all going to come down to money. Same with Broncos. Jets may be the only team willing to blow it out.”

The Vikings, it was reported earlier in the day, have decided not to use the franchise tag on Case Keenum. But they have plenty of options, even if Cousins gets out of their price range.

80 responses to “Rumblings growing louder that Vikings will be “players” for Kirk Cousins

  1. How can my Packers swing a deal like this? We love Cousins in Green Bay. A lot.

  2. The Grumblings have been at a fever pitch since Cousins said the Vikings would be his first choice to play for if they’re offer was in the same ballpark as anyone else. Not to hard to figure out the guy wants to win the Super Bowl and that’s not going to happen with the Jets or Broncos.

  3. Nothing against Cousins, but… The Vikings just went to the NFC Championship game with one QB, and they’re looking past him to pay a mint to a guy who’s yet to win a single playoff game?

    They have stars in their eyes. Must think Cousins is their ticket to winning it all in 2018-19.

  4. If this is true, I guess it means the Teddy Bridgewater saga is over. Why spend many millions on a free agent if your QB already has a locker in Minnesota? Should an interesting next several weeks.

  5. This is the best news yet. Cousins has had a few hot streaks in the NFL but did you notice he turns stone cold in the playoffs or in games which his team needs to win to get into the playoffs?

    In that sense, he’ll be the perfect Viking. A franchise best known for turning stone cold in the playoffs.

  6. I’m guessing Broncos – Elway likes quick fixes, Vikings have other options, whereas Jets are rebuilding and so I’d have thought looking for a younger guy (Cousins will turn 30 in August).

  7. Simmer needs someone to help him choke during playoff games. And with Cousins being so adept at being bad during crunch time. This is the perfect choice.

  8. BS..Vikings playin with Keenum’s agent. Zimmer is a friend of Jay Gruden so he’s well aware of who Cousins really is as a player. NFW Cousins will be a Viking.

  9. Makes sense. Cousins is a top ten QB available for nothing but the money you have to pay him and the Vikings are ready to contend for a SB now. Keenum is a journeyman who had a nice run but he’s not the long term answer. Bridgewater was never a candidate to be a franchise QB even before the injury. Cousins would make the Vikings a SB favorite.

  10. Not a Vikings fan but I saw a lot of their games and watched Keenum, waiting for him to stop playing well but he never did. He does throw the ball up under pressure sometimes but overall he looks like he can make all the throws. He doesn’t do typical bad QB things like taking the easy 3 yard checkdown on 3r down when you need 8 yards. He doesn’t lock on his 1st read and force the bad throw in without scanning the rest of the field.

    I don’t get why they wouldn’t stick with him. I actually like Cousins but is he a huge upgrade over Keenum at what will likely be a huge price upgrade as well? I bet Keenum would take an average yearly salary in the Bortles range of about $20 million. To me Cousins isn’t $10 million a year better.

  11. Redskins had the 27th ranked defense, the 27th ranked rushing game, they got rid of both their 1,000 yard receivers, Cousins still throws for 4,000 yards and 27 TDs to 13 INTs… but it’s his fault they haven’t won a playoff game.

    Riiiiiight.

  12. Well Nick Foles won a SB with the Eagles, so why can’t Cousins win one for the Vikings?

    Having said that, Foles wasn’t making north of $25Mil/yr. It’s an expensive gamble…

  13. This story surfaced over a moth ago and until it happens its not news. This is the time of year when Mel Kiper has submit his 15th revised mock draft and social media has nothing to talk about until FA begins. Social media is the largest driver of this story. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Adrian Peterson back to Minnesota column yet… Later feelers

  14. I’m thinking that we could be in a time where the historically bad super bowl teams finally break through. First the Eagles and maybe the Vikings next?

  15. Hey how’s that BK crown on your head over there? Is it getting too tight around your head? Don’t make too much of a mess over there at the kids’ table..

    _________________________________
    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    February 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    How can my Packers swing a deal like this? We love Cousins in Green Bay. A lot.

  16. One way or another with the Jimmy G contract in Frisco, the Vikings are going to have to pay their next QB upwards of 28 million per season. They should have extended Keenum during the season at a reasonable rate, and explored backup options now.
    As it stands, the players will have all the leverage on them if they enter free agency with only Slater under contract.
    McCarron will cost a ton too, so they better expect to open the vault for someone or they will be screwed

  17. This doesn’t particularly excite me, and it really won’t if they break the bank for the guy. I can only assume there’s been some behind the scenes wink/wink, hush/hush crap going on to determine if he expects to re-set the QB comp market.

  18. Funny,a guy who was replaced by Doug Flutie and let go to become a free agent is going to Canton after he retires and Cousins overall stats are better than his. DREW BREES

  19. I’m a life-long viking fan and I hope they don’t go all-in on cousins. He’s got way less of a track record than Keenum and I’m not that sold on Case, either. If they want go all-in on someone, go after Foles. He’s shown way more than Cousins.

  20. A couple hours ago you were alledging collusion and that no nfl team is going to pay anybody. Now you want to go back to more teams throwing money at Cousins. Which is it?

  21. Does anyone really believe the Vikings would go 13-3 again even with Cousins?
    They were exposed badly by the Eagles in the playoffs.

  22. But wait. . . . . all season long so many vikings fans kept repeating that they were winning all these games despite playing with their 3rd string qb. That must surely mean that they’ll be plugging in their 1st or 2nd string qb, right??

  23. Vikings should toll Bridgewater and make Keenum a decent offer to lock him up before FA. Why overpay for a Dan Snyder reject?

  24. The Packers should just scribble a crazy number for “X” number of years on a napkin and give to Rogers now. Because that number will be the low end of the pay scale in a day or two! Don’t know what they are waiting for. Plus his numbers will then drive up others numbers. which means less players they can afford.

  25. if cousins cares about winning, this is his best choice among the likely contenders. minny has a good coaching staff and a potent defense. defilippo will be a good add there to replace schurmer.

    but if cousins wants more money, he will go to one of the other higher bidders. where he won’t sniff the playoffs, the maintaining his perfect record.

    and to the guy with the smokescreen theory, why would bringing in a significantly higher priced qb into the mix make the other two lower their asking price? not sure how that works.

  26. Serious question- legit franchise QBs are heavily, heavily coveted in the NFL. If Cousins is better than his tape shows and really the darling of the offseason, why didn’t the Redskins just lock him up long term?

  27. kevpft says:
    February 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    Nothing against Cousins, but… The Vikings just went to the NFC Championship game with one QB, and they’re looking past him to pay a mint to a guy who’s yet to win a single playoff game?

    They have stars in their eyes. Must think Cousins is their ticket to winning it all in 2018-19.

    —–

    Couldn’t agree more. They have three qualified QBs, even if they all have certain question marks (injury, injury prone, and one season of good work). But Cousins hasn’t won anything, and as a starter has regressed in terms of winning games (9-7, 8-7-1, 7-9) – yet he is getting all the attention. Sure his completion percentage and rating look sexy, but his TD:INT ratio 99:55 isn’t *great*. There’s nothing to me that says Cousins is the “it guy”.

    Teams like Cleveland and the Jets? Break the bank because you got nothing. Maybe even Denver but they don’t have much of a bank. But MIN? I’d look at home and save some of those $$s to upgrade the team.

  28. Interesting fact: Kirk Cousin’s mother is from Fort Dodge Iowa. Mom’s family grew up in the area and spent summers on Lake Okoboji. Cousin’s Grandfather and Uncle played at Iowa.
    Cousins grew up a Hawkeye fan and is very close to his family. His family is still in the Midwest. You can add these facts to the plus side of the Vikings ledger.

    On the negative side, his wife is from Georgia. MN is not anything like Georgia.

  29. I like this news. It’s going to have to make Elway pay way more than he was expecting, eating away at his cap space.

  30. Why do people keep mentioning Teddy Bridgewater as if he is a starting caliber QB in the NFL? Don’t get me wrong, Teddy seems like a nice kid and a great story, but doesn’t any NFL GM actually believe that Teddy will take his team to a SB?

  31. I actually would like to keep Teddy if possible, but the truth is we just don’t know how his knee will hold up. And for all the Kirk doubters out there, yeah he hasn’t won a playoff game but to be honest the Skins teams he has been on haven’t been great. He threw for 27 TDs last year with a sub par receiving core and no running game. Also, what OFFENSE scored the most points in the regular season against the Vikings vaunted D? Not the Falcons, not the Rams, not Brees’s saints. It was the Kirk Cousins led Redskins…Just saying.

  32. I still like Keenum over Cousins. They’re basically the same player, but Keenum avoided sacks really well last year, only lost 1 fumble, clearly had a rapport with Theilen and Diggs, won 12 games, and could probably be had for $3-5 mil cheaper per season.

  33. funshipm174 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Not to hard to figure out the guy wants to win the Super Bowl and that’s not going to happen with the Jets or Broncos.
    ———————–

    I’d probably go with the Broncos since they have actually, you know, won a Super Bowl.

  34. Well that would make the NFC-N even more interesting than it’s already shaping up to be with all the offseason churn in that division.

  35. nhpats says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:56 am
    Why do people keep mentioning Teddy Bridgewater as if he is a starting caliber QB in the NFL? Don’t get me wrong, Teddy seems like a nice kid and a great story, but doesn’t any NFL GM actually believe that Teddy will take his team to a SB?
    —————————————————————-

    Teddy has only played in 1 playoff game, and was a missed, chip-shot field goal away from beating the Seahawks.
    In fact, he moved his team down the field at the end of them game to get them into position. To me that last drive tells me he can handle pressure -remember this was the LoB he moved the ball against with the game and the season on the line.

    Not saying he’s Tom Brady or Rodgers or anything, but moving your team into scoring position and an easy field goal for the win is what you expect from a Franchise QB in the playoffs.

    Kirk hasn’t displayed any of these qualities. He got smoked by Seattle when he replaced an injured RGIII, got rolled up by the Packers in his other playoff game and lost to the Giants in a must-win game when the Giants had nothing to play for. In all 3 of those games he played awful. He also folded like a cheap tent in Nov/Dec last year.

    He is good to throw for yards, but hasn’t shown any ability to play well down the stretch.

    Why pay that guy Franchise money? Roll with Bridgewater if he is healthy, or stick with Keenan. And pay them less. That is just mho.

  36. mmack66 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:09 am
    funshipm174 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Not to hard to figure out the guy wants to win the Super Bowl and that’s not going to happen with the Jets or Broncos.
    ———————–

    I’d probably go with the Broncos since they have actually, you know, won a Super Bowl.
    //////////
    So if you’re a free agent and want to win a SB, THAT’S your criteria? A team that has won a SB in the past. Not a team that appears to be set to win a SB with you, in the future. Interesting.

  37. harveyredman says:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:18 am
    nhpats says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:56 am
    Why do people keep mentioning Teddy Bridgewater as if he is a starting caliber QB in the NFL? Don’t get me wrong, Teddy seems like a nice kid and a great story, but doesn’t any NFL GM actually believe that Teddy will take his team to a SB?
    —————————————————————-

    Teddy has only played in 1 playoff game, and was a missed, chip-shot field goal away from beating the Seahawks.
    In fact, he moved his team down the field at the end of them game to get them into position. To me that last drive tells me he can handle pressure -remember this was the LoB he moved the ball against with the game and the season on the line.

    Not saying he’s Tom Brady or Rodgers or anything, but moving your team into scoring position and an easy field goal for the win is what you expect from a Franchise QB in the playoffs.

    Kirk hasn’t displayed any of these qualities. He got smoked by Seattle when he replaced an injured RGIII, got rolled up by the Packers in his other playoff game and lost to the Giants in a must-win game when the Giants had nothing to play for. In all 3 of those games he played awful. He also folded like a cheap tent in Nov/Dec last year.

    He is good to throw for yards, but hasn’t shown any ability to play well down the stretch.

    Why pay that guy Franchise money? Roll with Bridgewater if he is healthy, or stick with Keenan. And pay them less. That is just mho.

    ————-

    Don’t misread my questioning of Teddy as an endorsement for Kirk Cousins. If I were a Vikings’ fan, I would not count on either of these guys to take my team to a SB. If the team really wants to spend the kind of $$ Cousins will demand, then they should target other players. Why not make a run at Drew Brees? With the current Vikings’ roster, he makes them an immediate SB favorite. Is making it to and winning the SB not the goal here? If Brees won’t budge then find a way to bring in Nick Foles. He has shown he can play and there is no way the Eagles pay Foles what he will demand to back up Wentz.

  38. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says:
    February 26, 2018 at 9:29 pm
    Giving up on a QB that isn’t as good as Stafford or Rodgers for a QB that isn’t as good as Stafford or.Rodgers that you will have to pay a king’s ransom for. Do it Vikes.
    —————————–
    You’re right, Cousins isn’t as good as those two, but the Vikings team as a whole is elite, much higher quality than those other two teams. Cousins will make this team even more elite, more dangerous. Anyway, never thought a TEAM was made up of only one person like you Lions and Cheeseheads do.

  39. My guess is that this is a head-fake started by the Viking front office. Cousins is good, but he’s not worth what some team is going to end up paying him.

    I’d rather see the Vikings re-sign Keenum for somewhere between $15-20 million, and move forward with him.

  40. No way the Vikings pay $25m plus for a QB. Cousins would be good in Minnesota, but I still see them bringing Bridgewater back if he is really healthy.

    ___________________________________________________________________

    You are out of touch if you’re really a Vikes fan. It’s fairly well known they’re open to paying him 27-28m per and Brezinkski is a genius at making it work with cap….2 weeks ago I said Jets, now I say Vikes-Denver only ones with a chance and remember hes from the midwest…

    SKOL

  41. I could make a very compelling case as to why any or all of the 3 guys already there would feel like the Vikings should be “his” team. That seems like a good problem to have, on the surface. Just below the surface, though, is the part where I could also maybe see all 3 of them being completely bent out of shape at not having been named “the guy” by now and wanting out. Then again, it may all be settled already and the Vikings are just just playing it real close to the vest; there would seem to be at least some strategic value in that.

    I’d still roll with Keenum and Teddy to fight it out in camp because I still can’t trust Bradford’s health (or lack thereof).

  42. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm
    Cousins with 2 top 10 receivers, Cook and a #1 defense. I would like that.
    ——————————
    What top 10 receivers do the Vikings plan on signing?
    Are there really any that are really that good set to become free agents?
    And how can they even afford to after signing Cousins?

    Is this the same #1 defense that just got carved up by Nick Foles in the postseason?
    Inquiring minds want to know!

  43. wafflestomp says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    What top 10 receivers do the Vikings plan on signing?
    =====================================================
    Sounds like a jealous Packer fan who wishes his team had someone as good as Diggs or Thielen.

  44. wafflestomp says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm
    Cousins with 2 top 10 receivers, Cook and a #1 defense. I would like that.
    ——————————
    What top 10 receivers do the Vikings plan on signing?
    ////////
    He got a little aggressive maybe, but Thielen is #5 and Diggs 25 in the NFL. That’s not too bad, and certainly something your team would have taken this past season.

  45. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    February 27, 2018 at 10:31 am
    I could make a very compelling case as to why any or all of the 3 guys already there would feel like the Vikings should be “his” team. That seems like a good problem to have, on the surface. Just below the surface, though, is the part where I could also maybe see all 3 of them being completely bent out of shape at not having been named “the guy” by now and wanting out.
    ////////
    It is a nice problem to have….as soon as you sign someone. And, $20 mil a year makes hurt feelings go away really fast.

  46. conormacleod says:
    February 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm
    Cousins with 2 top 10 receivers, Cook and a #1 defense. I would like that.
    ——————————
    What top 10 receivers do the Vikings plan on signing?
    ////////
    He got a little aggressive maybe, but Thielen is #5 and Diggs 25 in the NFL. That’s not too bad, and certainly something your team would have taken this past season.
    ——————————

    Counting the games missed by Diggs and clutch #1 talent that both of them display. They are top 10. People can take their stats and shove em.

  47. Vikings would be so STUPID to sign Kirk when they have a MUCH, MUCH BETTER QB NOW WITH CASE!!! KIRK IS FOOL’S GOLD! IF WE DON’T SIGN CASE, I AM DONE WITH THE VIKINGS!

  48. CASE HAD BETTER NUMBERS THE LAST 12 WEEKS OF THE SEASON THAN BRADY! CASE IS AN MVP CANDIDATE FOR THE NEXT 5-7 YEARS! VIKINGS WOULD BE TOTALLY STUPID NOT TO KEEP A MUCH BETTER QB IN KEENUM AT HALF THE PRICE!!!.

  49. STOP CALLING THE 2018-19 PROBABLE MVP CASE KEENUM A JOURNEYMAN! ANYONE WHO DOES NOT REALIZE HOW GREAT CASE IS IS STUPID AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO WATCH FOOTBALL. HE IS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN COUSINS 100! NOT EVEN CLOSE…..

  50. The same “rumblings” we heard about the Jets, and San Fran last year!!! Kirk Cousins 4-19 against teams with a winning record. Repeat. Kirk Cousins 4-19 against teams with a winning record. Now since he and his fans believe he is a top QB deserving of the money, lets compare him to the BEST, cause he always compares stuff to what Tom Brady does.

    Kirk Cousins, 26-30-1, best record ever, 9-7 when he counted only $660K against the cap. 4-19 against teams with a winning record, never had more than a 29 TD season with all those three 4000 passing yard seasons (his claim to fame). Came in 3rd out of 4th in the division two straight years with and without Djax, Reed, and GArceon. If defense doesn’t not get 1 to 3 turnovers a game, he loses. 2017 salary $24 million.

    Brady: record 196-55, best season 16-0, worst season 9-7, NEVER had a losing record. Most TD’s 50, One 9-7 season and all the rest double digit wins!! Tom Brady is clutch and all he cares about is winning. 2017 salary :$14 mill.

    Kirk Cousins gets lots of yards based on the between the 20’s and it would seem the record shows he balls out on average to below average teams.

    What is all the fuss about? Somebody help me out here. I am scratching my head at the people who are talking about making this guy the highest paid guy in the league.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!