Rick Spielman: I know rumors float around, but Kirk Cousins is our quarterback

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The NFL has already seen a far amount of action with quarterbacks this offseason with more expected to come in the next few weeks as teams set themselves up for the 2021 season.

All of those machinations have led to speculation about a good number of the league’s starters. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been part of that group, but head coach Mike Zimmer said last month that he’s the team’s guy and General Manager Rick Spielman sent the same message when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

“Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Cousins said, via Jon Krawczynski of TheAthletic.com. “I know there are a lot of rumors floating around out there. . . . But I look forward to him with another year in this system and excited for what he’s going to bring to our team next year.”

Cousins threw a career-high 35 touchdowns last season and is set to make a guaranteed salary of $21 million during the 2021 season. As long as he’s on the roster on March 20, his $35 million base salary for the 2022 season will become fully guaranteed as well.

11 responses to “Rick Spielman: I know rumors float around, but Kirk Cousins is our quarterback

  1. Seriously, what NFL QB hasn’t been subject to “rumors” this off-season?

  2. He’s not the solution, be he’s far from the biggest problem last year, and you can’t really get rid of him without a suitable replacement.

  3. Sure glad we made that big signing and extension to lock him up for the long term.

  4. You certainly wouldn’t want to lose Kirk after that magical 7-9 season.

  5. This is not news. Kirk is Spielman’s guy. As long as Spielman is on the payroll Zimmer and Cousins aren’t going anywhere. Maybe 9-7 is possible this year.

  6. Kirk didn’t give up 34 points a game. He led the third most productive offense in the NFL. Too much hate goes his way and not enough for Spellman for having no defensive line players in the pipe who could step up. Or for contract extensions followed immediately by cutting the player (See rudolph). Even Dennison deserves more hate than Cousins. We couldn’t develope a single guard in years. Cousins may not be Brady but most teams are struggling with less. If he is a problem, he is not THE problem.

  7. The problem with Cousins is his contract demands. Kirk is set up to take even more money from the Vikings very soon. Why would Rick give Cousins a no trade clause and fully guaranteed contract? The Vikings had a good team before Kirk arrived. Cousins’s agent is schooling Spielman. The Vikings overpaid for Cousins and have lost players & couldn’t sign FA players because of it.

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