CFL quarterback claims he rejected Vikings offer because they don’t want a controversy

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The Vikings are stuck with quarterback Kirk Cousins through 2020. And that fact apparently kept them from signing CFL quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

Via 3downnation.com, Mitchell recently said that he worked out last December for the Vikings, after being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. Coach Mike Zimmer, according to Mitchell, was present.

After the workout, an unnamed team official met with Mitchell and asked how he could help the Vikings win.

“I was like, ‘Well, for one, I’ve never been anywhere in football and not won a championship as a starter,'” Mitchell said. “‘High school, DI, DI-AA, now here in the CFL. Everywhere I’ve ever been I’ve won a championship within the first three years I’ve been there. I can help you do that. I’m going to come in here, I’m going to take Kirk’s job.'”

That wasn’t what the Vikings wanted to hear, according to Mitchell.

“He was like, ‘Oh, no, no, n-n-n-no, we don’t want you to take Kirk’s job. We want you to come in here, help him with his eyes, tell him what you see, do everything you can to make him a better quarterback. But we need a good quarterback room, we don’t want you to cause controversy. At that moment I was like, ‘Well, I’m not signing with the Minnesota Vikings.’

“I don’t understand that thought process. All that tells me is there’s a culture in that building right now that, ‘Hey, your job is secure because of the money we paid you. Don’t worry about anything you do or the decisions you make or anything the media says, just do what we tell you to do and you’re going to be fine.’ It’s mind-blowing. You don’t even want a guy that’s pushing him or creating competition.”

While Mitchell’s version of the events may indeed be accurate, the Vikings wouldn’t be the only team that wants a backup quarterback who knows his place. There’s a way to push the starter and to create competition without having a clear and open effort by the backup to supplant the guy who holds the job.

Regardless of the manner in which Mitchell interpreted the message from the Vikings, the contract given to Cousins says it all. Three years, $84 million, fully guaranteed. It’s his job, unless and until the Vikings decide that they’ve had enough, and that they’re willing to pay all or part of his $29.5 million salary in 2020 for him to go away.

Depending on what happens over the course of the next 12 games, that could be what happens.

42 responses to “CFL quarterback claims he rejected Vikings offer because they don’t want a controversy

  1. What a well timed shot at the Vikings. If they don’t beat the Giants by 50 points, this season could get real ugly, real fast.

  2. He can play on my team any day. The Vikings are doing themselves a disservice as an organization by pushing away anybody that knows how to win. Cousins has no idea. Why a team would pay a guy that kind of money with no intangibles makes no sense.

  3. I remember when everybody thought the Jags were crazy to pass on giving Cousins that contract…

  4. Thats funny they thought about asking him to tell Kirk what he saw and help him….Minn. shold have bought a consultant in to help Spielman with what his eyes were telling him about Cousins…. it sounds like they werent thinkin to deeply about his skill and potential consequences from his contract.

  5. He should of played it smooth told them what they wanted hear then just take Cousins job with his play but I don’t blame him for being honest and confident in himself….

  6. What NFL team is Mr. Bo Levi Mitchell playing for now? Oh, no one. Not a Couisns fan but c’mon dude. He acts as if he’s something special.

  7. As a CFL fan, I can assure you in spite of his success in the CFL, he’s not leading any NFL team to the promised land.

    And frankly, given what the Vikings are paying Cousins, he was foolish to say those things. Not a good line when you have zero chance of unseating the starter. You respect the moxy and confidence but they are married to Cousins as starter, period.

  8. I would NOT want any player no matter what position that “knew his place as a backup” !! If as a player you dont aspire to start and want to win rings and think you can win rings..I dont want you. This kid belongs in the NFL.

  9. The Vikings certainly know how to have the best talent in the North and do the absolute minimum with it.
    This Mitchell story is absurd.

  10. Probably true. Not gonna lose sleep over it though. Like some of you above have said, if he’s really that good why isn’t he on a NFL roster right now?

  11. “What a well timed shot at the Vikings. If they don’t beat the Giants by 50 points, this season could get real ugly, real fast.”

    What if they beat them by 49?

  12. Bo Levi, had his hopes dashed as he couldn’t make it to any nfl team including the Vikings. What a good way to make himself look bad! If you wanna play down south don’t bash against them since you couldn’t get signed. No wonder you are still in the cfl.

  13. Hes not as good as he thinks obviously. He said he has won a championship at every level. Well his FCS championship was very much B.S. Eastern Washington played NDSU in the semi’s. NDSU got totally jobbed by the officials on a goal line fumble that would have given NDSU a TD in OT and extended the game. The replay showed that Jensen was clearly down and even after the officials reviewed the play they still got it wrong. The great Bo Levi was 13-32 141 yards 3 TD’s and 2 Ints in that game.

  14. 1phillyphan says:
    October 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm
    I would NOT want any player no matter what position that “knew his place as a backup” !! If as a player you dont aspire to start and want to win rings and think you can win rings..I dont want you. This kid belongs in the NFL.

    So why isnt he ???????????? Google the dude. He had tryouts with TEN NFL teams and not a one wanted him. Eastern Washington QB’s put up big numbers year after year after year. They play cupcakes and when they do play good teams they usually crap the bed.

  15. The Giants are one of the bottom 5 teams in the league (perhaps even being generous there). The Vikings should beat them easily. Winning cures all. If they can’t win this week I think it’s full fledged panic time in Purple Land. But I’d say wait to see the results this weekend before firing everybody in sight. Not an Vikings fan, just an outsider’s perspective looking in

  16. duanethomas33 says:
    October 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    What did Cousins exactly do in Washington to deserve that job and that contract?
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    Easy answer – throw for a lot of junk-time yards in losses to good teams to pad his stats. Fool’s gold, this one…

    Look at last week, he had less than 90 yards going into the 4th quarter and led a TD drive against a prevent Defense to make it a closer game. When the time came to
    try and actually win the game and the Defense tightened up again he wilted like week old lettuce. BUT – his stat line looked fine by game’s end and anyone who only looks at stats would say he did okay.

    Anyone who watched the game saw that he sucked when the game was on the line and only moved the team when the Bears let him. Same story his entire career, suck for 3 quarters and put your team in a big hole, and then move the ball against a prevent D to pad stats while your team loses.

    He is the anti-clutch QB. Captain Anti-clutch!!

  17. @demo1984. I didnt mean starting QB when I said he belongs in NFL. He definitely could be a practice squad guy and he has skills that can be developed. I’ve seen worst QBs on practice squads. But his winning attitude is great

  18. This guy can talk all he wants, and perhaps there is a bit of truth to his claims, but he’s not in the NFL for a reason. If he really is as good as he thinks, a team would sign him.

  19. If this story is true, if what he is saying happened, this is proof that management in Minnesota is crazy. Just because you made a bad decision about paying Kurt Cousins a ridiculous amount of money, doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your integrity. YOU GAMBLED AND LOST AND A LOT OF US SAW IT COMING, BUT KNOW YOU NEED TO OWN UP, SPEILMAN!

  20. All which bolsters the theory that Kyle Sloter was cut because he looked too good in preseason games and the fans noticed. Spielman and Zimmer did not want any of that. Despite lighting it up, Zimmer would take a jab at Sloter after every game and then finally gave his infamous quote,”He doesn’t practice well.”when asked why they don’t let Sloter play with the ones and twos. Then they chumped him royally by cutting him after everyone’s roster was set. That way they could say – “See, he wasn’t any good, he wasn’t picked up.” And the Kool-Aid drinkers bought it. Odd – first time they’ve only gone with two QBs. Don’t misunderstand – Sloter was untested and wasn’t ready. But he showed enough to make them nervous if Cousins hit a rough spot – which he has. That is not what a winning organization does.

  21. julian79rn4l says:
    October 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    He should of played it smooth told them what they wanted hear then just take Cousins job with his play but I don’t blame him for being honest and confident in himself….
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    You’re right. I guess Sloter should have held back. But he evidently looked too good and they cut him after teams had their rosters set. Being an unknown, you don’t have much of a chance except to end up on someone’s practice squad. Right where the Vikings wanted him.

  22. “I would NOT want any player no matter what position that “knew his place as a backup” !! If as a player you dont aspire to start and want to win rings and think you can win rings..I dont want you.”

    Charlie Batch was Big Ben’s back-up for years but never aspired to take his job. He knew that his role was to fill in for Ben if injured (or suspended . . .) and that he’d be seen as a success if he won half the games he started. I believe he did better than that, and the team was glad to have him.

  23. If my memory is right, the Vikings did go a long way with another Canadian QB, Joe Kapp. To the Superbowl as I recall.

    No wonder they did’t sign Mitchell, going to the Superbowl and becoming the first team in NFL history to lose all 5 Superbowls is not what they wanted. Last place in the NFC North is more to their liking.

  24. The Vikings couldn’t cut Kyle Sloter fast enough for thoroughly outplaying Cousins and Sean Mannion.

  25. The Vikes committed huge money to Cousins and are hell bent to make good on that decision. Today will be interesting to see if he gets well against the Giants and everyone hugs and kisses after the game.
    Lets be honest, stupid the Vikes are not. All they have to do is be the best in their division and they know that. Once in the playoffs the defense takes over

  26. At the time he was feeing Washington, I thought Kirk Cousins would have been an excellent #2 to Aaron Rogers. But glad the Vikings thought differently.

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