Would the Vikings trade Kirk Cousins?

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The possibility was mentioned last night in an item regarding the 49ers’ apparent willingness to move on from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The question merits its own blurb.

Would the Vikings trade quarterback Kirk Cousins?

His 2020 extension dropped the no-trade clause, allowing the Vikings to move Cousins without his consent. (As a practical matter, however, which NFL team would trade for a quarterback who doesn’t want to be there?) His contract pays $56 million over the next two years. Most importantly, a whopping $35 million 2022 base salary becomes fully guaranteed on March 19.

On one hand, the Vikings have a better chance to be relevant in 2021 with Cousins, who has spent three season with team. Unless Minnesota decides to make a play for Deshaun Watson (it probably wouldn’t be a great idea for the Vikings to make a blockbuster trade with an NFL team located in Texas), there’s no clear upgrade who would immediately make Minnesota a Super Bowl contender. Most available options wouldn’t make the Vikings a playoff contender, at least not in his first season.

And if the Vikings aren’t a playoff contender in 2021, a house cleaning could be coming.

Of course, if ownership can be sold on the idea that offloading Cousins, saving $56 million, and taking a step back would lead to eventually taking multiple steps forward, maybe 2021 would become a scholarship year. Still, what would the strategy be for taking multiple steps forward?

One locally popular move would entail bringing Teddy Bridgewater home to Minnesota from the Panthers. Plenty of fans would welcome that move. Those fans also would quite possibly feel very different if/when the Vikings regress offensively in 2021.

Before the question becomes relevant, someone would have to want to trade for Cousins. If the 49ers or someone else makes the call, the dilemma for the Vikings becomes investing $56 million for two more years with Cousins, or moving on to a vague Plan B that could result in the Vikings becoming a perennial Team D in the NFC North.

59 responses to “Would the Vikings trade Kirk Cousins?

  1. I’m a big Cousins guy. He’s a very good QB who can make all the throws. That said, I would trade him for the right compensation without hesitation. I want nothing to do with Jimmy G though. Considering SF may think all they need is Cousins on the roster to get back to the big game, give us this years first, a good young(ish) defensive player, and maybe a second or a couple mid round picks, and you’ve got a deal.

  2. Why not? If they could find somebody willing to take him they should jump on it. They’re in the midst of a bottom-to-top total rebuild anyway. Besides, it’s not about the money or his on-the-field performance. It’s his intolerable, apple-polishing Casper Milquetoast personality.

  3. Please NO to Teddy.. he absolutely sux. A blockbuster for Watson…I’m all in in that deal.

  4. For the right price of course they would. They’re nowhere right now with him. Of course they’d take the right deal.

  5. really florio? dreaming for watson please. Only way it would even come close to working is to somehow get the Texans to take cousins; not a chance would they.

  6. Vikes would be foolish to send Kirk packing unless it were for a Watson trade. He’s obviously not on Mahomes level – or even Watson’s – but he’s far better than most give him credit for.

    I’d put Kirk on par with Dak and Stafford. Not enough talent to overcome serious talent deficiencies (or injuries) on their teams rosters, but IF you have a good supporting cast they possess enough talent to get it done.

    Some Vikes fans have nostalgic feelings for Teddy because he’s an underdog and they felt terrible for what happened to him. Good kid. Good attitude for sure. But he’d instantly disappoint if they tried to replace Kirk with him.

    Vikes fans, I’ll leave you with this. Be careful what you wish for. If you guys end up moving on from Kirk and don’t take back a player of Watson’s caliber talent, be prepared for disappointment.

  7. Everyone is available for the right price. If someone wants to give up a couple firsts and a third or better then you would have to listen, but the chances of that happening are not that real in my opinion.

  8. Nobody wants to trade for Kirk Cousins. Which makes the extension Minnesota gave him extra stupid.

  9. The Vikings aren’t trading Cousins.

    This regime has struggled to get a decent QB in place for years before Cousins, dealing with injuries and what not, and they’re not about to mess around with trading Cousins, who’s been a top 10 performer and has been healthy. Last season he had the 2nd highest passer rating with a clean pocket, his 2nd year in the top 3. But he was also under pressure at the third highest rate in the league. Improving the OL will yield more dividends than trading Cousins, even for Watson given the huge cost to acquire him, and 2nd highest salary cap hit in the NFL.

  10. Not sure why there’s so much Cousins hate out there. He’s actually a very good QB. He’s had Top 10 stats the past 2 seasons. I’m not saying he’s Rodgers or Mahomes….he’s not.

    But over half the teams out there wish they had a QB as productive as Cousins.

  11. Last 3 years
    Stafford QBR 97.3 Cmp% 62 Yds 10,363 TD% 4.5 Int% 2.3 TD 66 Red Zone 17 TDs 2 Picks
    Cousins QBR 107 Cmp% 69 Yds 12,166 TD% 5.8 Int% 1.9 TD 91 Red Zone 25 TDs 0 Picks

  12. Who would take him? He’s shown himself to be an above average passer, but I don’t think anyone sees a higher ceiling. But at that price, he needs to be better than good enough.

  13. A little known fact of today’s NFL; who is the highest paid player? Kirk Cousins.

    Now that’s on the Vikings,they are free to pay whoever whatever. But its a two way street, when you trade a player, the other team has to live with the contract. I just don’t see too many GM’s willing to trade away assets to obtain both Kirk and ht-the contract.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Why not? If they could find somebody willing to take him they should jump on it. They’re in the midst of a bottom-to-top total rebuild anyway. Besides, it’s not about the money or his on-the-field performance. It’s his intolerable, apple-polishing Casper Milquetoast personality.
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    Keep wishing, hoping and praying for that Stellar. Being in a total rebuild is laughable. They will get back Hunter, Pierce, and Barr on the defense. A pass rush will work wonders for the Young corners. Top5 RB 2 great WR’s and a good young TE. Meanwhile, back at the smelly paper factory of GB, they blew yet another year of AR’s career. They are going to most likely lose the top RB, their All Pro Center and P smith due to the cap. That was your last best chance for AR to win another super bowl in GB . It was a mind boggling loss a total team effort. Its funny, AR is one of the most hatable personalities in the NFL, even his parents cant stand his passive/aggressive crap.

  15. Why not trade away a QB that is paid extremely well, is good for some decent fantasy stats in garbage time but can’t win games?

  16. Cousins is a very good QB and the constant media and fan hatred for the guy is very strange. Put Watson or any other elite QB behind the Vikings interior lineman and the result is basically the same. Vikings have never had this kind of consistency from their QB in terms of play and ability to stay on the field.

  17. If the 49ers want to deal, I’d do it in a heartbeat. He’s never going to win you anything. Cousins is a stat padder who makes dumb mistakes in critical moments when big games get tight. Playoff football is hard, and guys like that isn’t going to win you four playoff games against four playoff defenses. Just not going to happen unless your defense is lights out.

  18. iliketurtles says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Vikings have never had this kind of consistency from their QB in terms of play and ability to stay on the field.

    +++++

    Let that sink in!

  19. I’ve been a Vikings fan for as long as I can remember. When I moved to Minnesota in ’96 I thought how awesome it will be to be surrounded by loyal fans. Man, was I wrong. Minnesotans are the most passive aggressive fans I’ve ever seen. Love the team, yet hate everything about them. Kirk is a great example. Statistically a top 10 QB (8th in yards, 6th in TDs, 8th in pass rating). Last I checked Kirk can’t block or play defense. To put the blame on him for our record is absolutely ridiculous. Maybe, just maybe our team sucks because the O-line is terrible, the defense has more holes than swiss cheese, and our head coach replaces offensive coaches like underwear. Until these things are fixed, it doesn’t matter who is at the helm- we’ll still come up short. Does anyone really think Teddy B or Jimmy G would be a better option…laughable. Quit focusing on one position being our issue- MANY more things to fix than a top 10 QB. SKOL.

  20. For those saying there is no chance, the Texans are out there in the market for a QB, whether they realize that yet or not.

  21. Cousins is not a bad quarterback, you try being a star with about 2 seconds to decide where to go with the ball. If we had a half decent line to give him some time I think he would be at the top with the other elite.

  22. paulhargis57 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Being in a total rebuild is laughable. They will get back Hunter, Pierce, and Barr on the defense.

    +++++

    Cousins has led the Vikings to 25 wins over 3 seasons while being paid like a top 5 QB. If that’s what you consider successful, keep up the good work.

  23. no one is going to pick up cousins. the vikings should just ride out his contract, make moves to improve the oline and draft his successor out of the big 12 in 2022.
    they won’t, because they’re the vikings.

  24. Jets. Darnold for Cousins and a pick. The Jets aren’t as bad as they seem. They are a competent coach and a veteran QB away from being in the mix
    for a 6/7 seed in the AFC. There is talent there. A great draft and a good QB like Cousins easily gets them in the convo. They have 2 years to decide to stick with him or find somebody else. The Vikings get a young QB who still has a shot. He’s young but not raw so it’s not like the Vikings would
    be at ground zero. A good draft and a year of rebuilding Darnolds confidence they could be back in the mix by 2022/2023.

  25. dino2997 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:31 am
    Why not trade away a QB that is paid extremely well, is good for some decent fantasy stats in garbage time but can’t win games?

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    Can’t win games? Did you even watch a game because the offense wasn’t the issue. The league’s worst defense was. You can’t blame Cousin’s when you pretty much have to score on every possession to win. How many games did Cousin’s drive them down the field for a go ahead score only to have the defense allow the opponent to effortlessly march down the field with practically no time to score the winning TD.

  26. Irrelevant. It’s like asking me the question, would you date Margot Robbie? She ain’t asking about me, and the NFL ain’t asking about Kirk any time soon.

  27. You guys wanting Watson for the Vikings… How different is he from Cousins other than his age? He’s a guy with great stats that don’t seem to translate into wins. Just like Kirk Cousins!

  28. Kirk Cousins is a fraud. He has made a mint out of being a mediocre NFL qb. I really don’t understand why San Fran or nay other team would want him as their qb.

  29. Yea. I remember that stupid dance they did in a pointless game at the end of the season. Dumb.

    Could they trade him? Sure.
    Will they trade him and take a 20 mil cap hit? Nope.

  30. What additional evidence is required for the media to realize Kirk Cousins is a total fraud? He is NOT a good QB! Helloooo?! He’s a turnover machine who can’tget over .500 even with a great supporting cast.

    Washington fans, (yes, WASHINGTON! fans who have not had a steady QB since Joe Theismann) are HAPPY to be rid of Cousins.

    He fooled the league with garbage time stats and got the only thing he really wanted: money.

    He’s not in it to win. He’s in it to get rich. He’s a phony as a person and as a QB.

    Nobody would trade for a proven loser who has lost the locker room everywhere he’s been.

    A one legged Alex Smith is better.

  31. th56 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Can’t win games? Did you even watch a game because the offense wasn’t the issue. The league’s worst defense was. You can’t blame Cousin’s when you pretty much have to score on every possession to win. How many games did Cousin’s drive them down the field for a go ahead score only to have the defense allow the opponent to effortlessly march down the field with practically no time to score the winning TD.

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    I’m talking about his entire career. He’s a 32 year old QB who has barely won half his games with the Vikings which pretty much matched what he did in Washington. He just won his first MNF game and has won just a handful of games against teams with a winning record. Justify all that by blaming the defense all you want but his story has already been written.

  32. Cousins has talent. He would evolve from pretty good to very good if he would learn how to deeply relax his shoulders when he’s stessed. Not just cursory relaxation but way deep. Hard to do, a great deal of work is involved in it. Better inside protection would help too.

  33. Kirk Cousins has to be the most fortunate player($$-wise)in the history of the NFL. I just looked at my watch and it looks like it’s time for another contract extension.

  34. Who would replace Cousins in the starting lineup ? Alex Smith maybe but injury issues, there’s major dead cap money , they also need a good backup , the Vikings don’t need to trade him so the 49ers may have to give up a #1. Fitzmagic might be ok but realistically who can put up those big #’s Kirk puts up. The Vikings would be better served trading Cousins to the Donkeys for #1, or Panthers #1 & TB , the Colts also for multiple pics , the Vikings should really be investing in their O-line , and a good DT, DE

  35. Sure, if the 49ers are that desperate and offer a bunch of picks, why not consider it? Contrary to cheeser opinion, the Vikes aren’t in a floor-up re-build, and Cousins has the 9th ranked QB cap hit in 2021 (Rodgers is 3rd at $37M). He’s a 2nd tier QB, can win with a good D, but likely can’t carry a team, which is reflected in the NFL QB index of a 14th ranking. He isn’t a turn-over machine and in recent seasons has proven he can win big games, or at least not lose them. The Vikes’ issue this year was the D. The grass ain’t always greener (he’s way better than Teddy even at his $22M cap hit), but if they can get a ton of draft resources, everything is worth a look. Hey, at least we don’t have a GM still lauding his lousy 2020 draft or a coach praising his choice to take the NFC Championship game out of the hands of his MVP QB to kick a FG.

  36. dino2997 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    th56 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Can’t win games? Did you even watch a game because the offense wasn’t the issue. The league’s worst defense was. You can’t blame Cousin’s when you pretty much have to score on every possession to win. How many games did Cousin’s drive them down the field for a go ahead score only to have the defense allow the opponent to effortlessly march down the field with practically no time to score the winning TD.

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    I’m talking about his entire career. He’s a 32 year old QB who has barely won half his games with the Vikings which pretty much matched what he did in Washington. He just won his first MNF game and has won just a handful of games against teams with a winning record. Justify all that by blaming the defense all you want but his story has already been written.
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    Lets see here: When it’s Rodgers: Pettine, LaFluer and a phantom call by the refs is why AR doesn’t win. When it comes to Brady versus Rodgers its a team game or he never had a defense. But when it is Cousins: any stat that favors him is thrown out the window, also, its not a team game. Gotcha.

    As stated on a different post, you packers fans would be funny if you were not so hypocritical.

  37. KC has led the Vikings to 25 wins with a way below average offensive line. A non turnover leading defense and a conservative, unimaginative coach. KC has stayed healthy and hasn’t missed games and has put up a top 10 performance each year in Minnesota. Give him a better offensive line, more aggressive play calling and a good defense that gets more turnovers and the ball back with a shorter field and the Vikings would easily be a top 5 scoring team. The Vikings have excellent skill players on offense, they just need to be utilized. The head coach thinks its the 1980’s.

  38. KC has led the Vikings to 25 wins with a way below average offensive line. A non turnover leading defense and a conservative, unimaginative coach. KC has stayed healthy and hasn’t missed games and has put up a top 10 performance each year in Minnesota. Give him a better offensive, more aggressive play calling and a good defense that gets more turnovers and the ball back with a shorter field and the Vikings would easily be a top 5 scoring team. The Vikings have excellent skill players on offense, they just need to be utilized. The head coach thinks its the 1980’s.

  39. Well, Minnesota is the type of team that could really be competitive if they had an elite QB. And a young one would be worth the ridding selves of high draft picks. But, they’d have to swallow a good chunk of Cousin’s 2021 salary for the Texans to think about it. But they could because Watson makes so little this year.

  40. There is a reason Cousins went in the 3rd round…he is a 3rd tier serviceable quarterback and that is all he will ever be. Just because he is Herschel Walker 2.0 (yes Minnesota has done this in the past) and was grossly overpaid, doesn’t mean they will get anything significant in return for him. With the great disparity in QBs across the league, someone else will take a flyer on a mediocre at best QB to try and take them to the Super Bowl. It will never be Cousins…he just isn’t that good. His record breaking contract was based on garbage time numbers not his talent or skill set. SF is best to stay the course with Jimmy G. At least they have Nick Mullens behind him to make up for his shortfalls and health issues.

  41. The Vikings would be fools to trade Cousins. Before they do that, how’s about putting a decent O-Line around him? Kirk has never had one in Minny. We’ll get our defensive stars back. We have great players on offense. If they get an improved OL and secondary via free agency AND the draft, along with increasing depth on defense and draft an Edge, we could be much better than this last asterisk season. Kirk is an accurate thrower and never misses games. He should stay put.

  42. Why would we trade Cousins??? He keeps leading us to the promised land . . . oh wait

  43. I do think Cousins would be a lot better if he had a decent OL in Minnesota, but I’ll be honest in that I was against his extension and do not think he’s the right answer going forward… so with that said, yes I’d trade him for the right offer.

    My problem with Kirk is that he’s money in garbage time and not so much other than that. It takes him way too long to get dialed in so to speak and often times the game is out of reach by the time it happens. You cannot win football games playing lights out for 2 quarters and down right awful for the other 2… and way too many of Cousin’s games can be described in that manner..

    so yes, if SF, CAR, or Philly came by and wanted to do a QB exchange plus some picks in a similar deal to what Detroit did, I’d do it and not think twice. If I could unload a guy like Garapolo to NE for a late round pick and sign Fitz… I’d do that too. The NFL is rapidly approaching bubble territory for a QB, and I’d sell high and plug in a temp fix while getting some much needed talent infusion and a rookie QB to redshirt for a year.

  44. stellarperformance says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Why not? If they could find somebody willing to take him they should jump on it. They’re in the midst of a bottom-to-top total rebuild anyway. Besides, it’s not about the money or his on-the-field performance. It’s his intolerable, apple-polishing Casper Milquetoast personality
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    Typical a loser with no accomplishments to his name has to insult others personality. Go back to crying about the mean bullies picking fights and being a dutiful AR ball washer.

  45. Kirk Cousins . . . the signing and subsequent extension are the free agency equivalent of our all time great trade for Herschel Walker!

  46. Give Vikings your #1 first round draft pick this year and next year 2nd round next year with Jimmy G and we’ll talk. Vikings can trade up for 1st overall pick with all those plus Vikings spot at #14 and draft Lawrence.

  47. Our Vikings need every possible ounce of help they can get just to compete with the top two teams in the division.

  48. The people saying give him this or give him that, give me a break. You say that for guys on rookie deals. When you Hoover up most of the salary cap, that’s not the team’s problem anymore since that money can’t be allocated to buying high ticket FAs. You’re paying him to cover up those holes his salary created on the roster. Do you think he can cover up holes on a roster? I think we have a definitive answer to that since he’s been one of the highest paid QBs for about five years now. Even that being said, he has a top three receiving corps in the league, a top three RB, and usually a very good defense. Still can’t get it done, but keep making excuses for him.

  49. moving on to a vague Plan B that could result in the Vikings becoming a perennial Team D in the NFC North.

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    Won the Division once already with Teddy, and went to the NFC championship game with Case. Maybe plan B isn’t such a bad idea…….

  50. Extremely intelligent to get the vikings to pay him that kind of money with his mediocre talent.

  51. whatjusthapped says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:25 am
    A little known fact of today’s NFL; who is the highest paid player? Kirk Cousins.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Truth and math are hard, yes they are:

    NFL’s highest paid quarterbacks (average salary per year):

    1. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: $45 million
    2. Texans QB Deshaun Watson: $39 million
    3. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: $35 million
    4. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: $34 million
    5.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: $33.5 million
    5. Rams QB Jared Goff: $33.5 million
    7. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: $33 million
    8. Eagles QB Carson Wentz: $32 million
    9. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: $$30.1 million
    10. Falcons QB Matt Ryan: $30 million

  52. Ever since the Vikings 2017 season, everyone has clamored about the Vikings offensive lineman being bad…. They had Riley Reiff and that was about it … So then they drafted Brian ONeil, then Garret Bradbury, and then Ezra Cleveland. Now when they run the football, the offensive line open holes that a Mack truck could drive thru. The pass protection has gotten a little better, but Cousins is always under duress .. and he used to be so suprised that the edge rushers were closing in, that he’d always cough up the ball . Those two facts combined tell me , that the reason Vikings give up so much pressure, is because of Kirk Cousins… Keenum , Bradford and Bridgewater didn’t have to deal with it, but for some reason, with a real offensive line in front of him, Kirk Cousins is under pressure all the time. I think he’s the cause of all the pressure, I don’t think he does a good job of reading front-7s, seeing blitzes or recognizing when a guy needs help. I don’t even think he sees or understands the blitzing concepts he’s looking at sometimes

  53. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    February 2, 2021 at 8:30 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:25 am
    A little known fact of today’s NFL; who is the highest paid player? Kirk Cousins.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Truth and math are hard, yes they are:

    NFL’s highest paid quarterbacks (average salary per year):

    1. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: $45 million
    2. Texans QB Deshaun Watson: $39 million
    3. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: $35 million
    4. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: $34 million
    5.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: $33.5 million
    5. Rams QB Jared Goff: $33.5 million
    7. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: $33 million
    8. Eagles QB Carson Wentz: $32 million
    9. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: $$30.1 million
    10. Falcons QB Matt Ryan: $30 million

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    Packers should trade Rodgers I mean for that type of money. He lost again in the NFC Championship, he’s over paid he’s not worth what the Packers pay him. Some of you people fail to realize its market value at the time of signing.

    Mediocre Talent? He is reliable, hardly ever gets injured and has adapted to several new OCs in his time in Minnesota. Had his best year as a pro last year. Understand the offense and has improved every year since he has been in Minnesota.

    Cousins needs a defense he has all the other tools on offense, even with a bad offensive line he still had a pretty good year. If the Vikings would have had their 2019 defense coupled with the offense of last year I think they could have made a deep run to the playoffs. Some of the losses last year were because the defense couldn’t stop the opposing team, Seattle, Dallas, Tennessee and some were 5 points or less.

    To trade Cousins for anything less for Watson would be a grave mistake. Getting Watson doesn’t guarantee anything either.

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