The Vikings are in a tough spot with Kirk Cousins

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As the Vikings move toward the conclusion of Kirk Cousins‘s fourth year with the team, they have a problem.

The quarterback who has delivered one playoff appearance during his time in Minnesota, and whose untimely COVID positive has delivered the de facto final nail on the prospects of another one, has one year left on his contract. He has a cap number of $45 million, along with a fully-guaranteed salary in 2022 of $35 million.

In February, Cousins told #PFTPM that he’s not inclined to re-do the current deal. If so, the Vikings enter his lame-duck season with a healthy dilemma. Keep him or trade him?

He’s been good enough, at a time when the organization seems to be content to be jjust good enough. While it seems that Cousins and coach Mike Zimmer may be inching toward the point at which they no longer can coexist, there’s a chance that ownership will decide to kick the can and roll the dice on a team that, while likely not good enough to contend for a championship, will be relevant until late in the regular season, and possibly will make it to the playoffs.

If the Vikings decide to move on, the question becomes whether someone would take Cousins’s current salary, or whether the Vikings would have to pay a large chunk of it to facilitate a deal. While Cousins doesn’t land in Brock Osweiler/Jared Goff hot-potato territory, which would require the Vikings to give another team one or more draft picks to take the Cousins contract off the books, it may not be easy to find a team that gladly will pay Cousins $35 million in 2022 — especially if he’s not inclined to extend the contract on the way through the door.

If the 49ers hadn’t invested three first-round picks and a third-round pick in quarterback Trey Lance earlier this year, a potential Cousins and Kyle Shanahan reunion would have made sense. Ditto for the Rams and Sean McVay, if L.A. hadn’t gone all in with Matthew Stafford. Who else would want Cousins?

Much of it depends on the looming coaching carousel, followed by the now-annual question of which veteran quarterbacks will be on the move. Through it all, the Vikings may simply be inclined to make a series of excuses for their chronic failures in 2021 and try it all over again in 2022.

106 responses to “The Vikings are in a tough spot with Kirk Cousins

  1. I disagree, you’re doing a mountain mole hill thing. Cousins is a top 10 qb. He’s worth the money. He just needs a better coach. Zimmer won 2 post season games with him and 1 without him in 8 years. Cousins is durable and has produced when given time better than most quarterbacks.

  2. Trade him for Mayfield. Both underperformed. Both need a change of scenery. If it doesn’t work out it’s one year left for Both guys

  3. Steelers will make a run at trading for him offseason .. they’ll have loads of cap space for a contract restructure. You heard it here first …

  4. Every QB in the league coming up for a new contract is gonna hate Cousins for making sure there will never ever be another fully guaranteed contract handed out to a QB.

  5. Why would anyone take on Cousins’ enormous cap hit? How many draft picks would Minny have to send to the team taking the hit? Wouldn’t those be worth more than the cap space?

  6. Something I cannot understand. Why is it when everyone can objectively agree that Cosuins can never win a team a championship he will still get a contract from some team? In other words, why isn’t he just a backup from now on or just out of the league? Same can be said for a lot of similar QB’s.

  7. Look at the starting quarterbacks around the league. Cousins is an upgrade for at least half the league. He’s a total loser, but a team like Cleveland makes perfect sense. Stefanski is familiar with him, and Cousins is a massive upgrade over Mayfield/Keenum.

    The Vikings need to move on from their coaching staff, and Cousins. They have no depth, and it’s time to build the offense around Justin Jefferson. But Cousins would absolutely have trade value.

  8. Someone said Cousins is a top 10 qb. Are you serious? He’s a decent starter who is 33 years old. No other team is going to pay him 35 million without compensation.. The Vikings if they want to trade him are going to have to eat part of his salary or give up a pick or two for someone to eat that much cap space.

    It was a bad deal by Spielman. By year 4 the Vikes should have had a way to escape Cousins contract without being on the hook for 35 million guaranteed

  9. The Vikings are stuck with him one more year. That’s what they signed up for. Might as well start rebuilding around him because there’s very little trade value for him.

  10. You Vike that?? The Vikes are in quite a pickle here. Hes just barely good enough for a new deal but he will be grossly overpaid.I think Kennum will be available, maybe.

  11. Before anyone even suggests it, NO! The Raiders are NOT trading Derek Carr for Kirk Cousins! Nothing against Cousins, but he isn’t in Derek’s class. Just don’t go there.

  12. Kirk Cousins has done one thing consistently in his whole stint in Minnesota…and that’s take a lot of the Wilf’s money.

  13. I remember Vikings fans on here saying cousins is the best qb in the division. Even recently. And here we are. If the Vikings want to win a ring it won’t be with cousins.

  14. He played at Michigan St and the Lions are always looking to make another mistake. Seems like a perfect fit. Personally, I’d say, “Kirk, touch your toes, buddy.” Then I’d call in the kicker…

  15. Trade Cousins and a pile of $$$ or a first round draft pick to the Saints. When you ain’t got nothing you ain’t got nothing to lose. The famous philosopher Zimmerman said that.

  16. There’s no way any Vikings fan said Cousins was the best QB in the division. MAYBE they said it if Rodgers was traded away, because then it’d be true. Goff, Fields/Dalton and Love are trash.

  17. ardvark says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:06 pm
    Every QB in the league coming up for a new contract is gonna hate Cousins for making sure there will never ever be another fully guaranteed contract handed out to a QB.
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    Right. Because NFL teams were handing out fully guaranteed contracts before Cousins like candy.

  18. Why would any team want Cousins if they have to pay him $30M+. It’s one thing to sing a guy like Mahomes or Rodgers. What has Cousins ever won? Nothing. He’s an average QB but he’s not going to win a Super Bowl. I still never understand why they gave him so much money.

  19. I feel no optimism for this team, but cannot see them pressing the reset button this year. We’ll still be stuck with Cousins, still saddled with an aging team and a bad cap number and missing picks.

    Next year when Cousins Newman’s himself out the door I can see the Wilfs sending Zimmer and maybe Spielman out with him. The only danger would be if Spielman tries to pick a QB next year. Hopefully the Wilf’s forbid it.

  20. New Orleans is an above average QB away from being in contention again. Sean Payton has to be wretching inside, with the roll call of drecks they currently have at QB.

  21. And this is why teams in the NFL don’t give out fully guaranteed contracts, even to the very best players. Cousins’ salary hit makes him all but untradeable.

    Everyone knew that sooner or later, the Vikings were going to get burned on this. It’s no surprise that it’s finally happening.

  22. Yes they are in a tough spot, and guess who was the genius who arranged this? -mastermind Rick Spielman. There is no way any team is going to pick up that contract amount and cap hit. Looks like Spielman, Zimmer, and Cousins are stuck together on more year.

  23. Does everyone remember Simms pumping up Mond and Florio pumping up Simms qb evaluation skills? According to Simms it was going to be Mond taking over by mid-season at worst. Now Cousins is out and Mond still isnt going to be starting.

  24. mehnsrea says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:08 pm
    Something I cannot understand. Why is it when everyone can objectively agree that Cosuins can never win a team a championship he will still get a contract from some team? In other words, why isn’t he just a backup from now on or just out of the league? Same can be said for a lot of similar QB’s.

    ***

    Every QB in the league can’t be a Brady, Rodgers, or Mahomes. Cousins is an above avg QB. There’s not 15 starters in the league playing better than he is right now.

  25. eagler927 says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:13 pm
    Someone said Cousins is a top 10 qb. Are you serious? He’s a decent starter who is 33 years old. No other team is going to pay him 35 million without compensation.. The Vikings if they want to trade him are going to have to eat part of his salary or give up a pick or two for someone to eat that much cap space.

    It was a bad deal by Spielman. By year 4 the Vikes should have had a way to escape Cousins contract without being on the hook for 35 million guaranteed

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    The stats say he is a top 10 QB.
    He isn’t the reason the Vikings aren’t successful.

  26. SF draft Lance No.1 and trade for Cousins? A selfish guy that cost his team the playoffs. Super bad move for SF

  27. The Beauty for Kirk is that no matter what the Vikes do, he’s still gonna get paid.

    “You like that?”

  28. re: guaranteed contracts for less than top trier QBs — there was a recent example of that in the NFC north when the Bears were stuck with Jay Cutler. Apparently, the Vikings did not learn from the Bears’ blunder.

  29. I think it should be – Kirk Cousins is in a tough spot with the Vikings. He works for the Vikings , the Vikings don’t work for him

  30. qckappa says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:04 pm
    I disagree, you’re doing a mountain mole hill thing. Cousins is a top 10 qb. He’s worth the money. He just needs a better coach. Zimmer won 2 post season games with him and 1 without him in 8 years. Cousins is durable and has produced when given time better than most quarterbacks.
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    Cousins fails to show in clutch situations. Needing to win out the season for any chance of playoffs… nope. He’ll be missing this game.

  31. That is hilarious. Trade him with that contract! For what a potato chip? I would keep the potato chip!

  32. Washington’s QB situation went downhill after Cousins left, and the same thing will happen in Minnesota.

  33. Ok, as a Lions fan part of me just wants to be snarky I must admit. The issue is of Cousins, Vikings, Vikings fans only the fans had no choice in what came their way and I understand their discontent. Vikings as a team though they KNEW full well what they were signing in Cousins. I don’t object to him playing the system to his benefit, good for him the teams do the same. But the guy is a meathead moron when it comes to just about everything between decision making, clutch play, media interaction, and then when he tries to talk about non football matters I’m concerned he’s not in a booster chair drinking from a sippy cup. Some are talented at a thing but everything around it they have deficiencies making it an unusable gift. Well cousins can throw a football, and he has profited from it. But around that skill he is no leader on or off the field. And I strongly hold the belief that he makes a team have a HARD ceiling they will not exceed and that no unit run by him will lead to the winners circle. Ever. IMO

  34. It’s almost like someone, who helped in putting this all together, isn’t necessarily a magician.

  35. Cousins has sure made a bundle of cash off Washinton and Minnesota being a below average quarterback. He has to be laughing looking at his bank account. Set for life!

  36. The Vikings have very good wr’s and a fantastic rb. There problem isn’t Kirk Cousins, it’s the coaching staff & the front office. Which is the same problem as about 25 other teams. Nearly every team in the NFL has enough talented players to be in the playoffs. The difference is in coaching & leadership

  37. qckappa says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Zimmer won 2 post season games with him and 1 without him in 8 years.
    +++++
    Did you start your celebration early? Zimmer’s only won two, Cousins just one.

  38. Extending Cousins, Zimmer, and Spielman at the same time worked out poorly?
    You don’t say.

  39. It’s not surprising that the majority of commenters don’t understand the current market for NFL QBs, but $35M a year isn’t even that ridiculous as long as you have a team that can contend at other positions.

    The Vikings are bad this year because their defense is awful. AWFUL. I agree, Cousins probably can’t win a championship for you as a starting quarterback. But that’s true of about 25 quarterbacks in this league. Teams still want to make the playoffs.

    Cousins contract is right in like with players like Matt Ryan, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz, Jimmy G, etc. Cousins has outplayed all of them this season.

    Rodgers and Brady are criminally underpaid; Rodgers will see a large raise after this season, and Brady always takes discounts. But Cousins contract is fair. People forget you can’t just use the money on any quarterback you want; the quarterback has to be available. After maybe Rodgers gets traded, who else will teams be able to get? Russell Wilson? He’s been terrible (albeit injured) and is going to cost a lot more than Cousins $35M on a long term extension.

    The Vikings won’t be able to upgrade over Cousins for next season, I agree with that, but because they need so much help elsewhere it’s just time to move on and see how bad Mond is over a large sample size.

    But you guys are crazy if you think teams like Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, New York Giants, Detroit and Carolina wouldn’t consider Cousins a huge upgrade over their current options, especially with a contract that, like it or not, is in like with the current market rate of a QB of his caliber. I can’t stand Cousins for a myriad of reasons, but the comments here are just ridiculously wrong.

  40. But you guys are crazy if you think teams like Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, New York Giants, Detroit and Carolina wouldn’t consider Cousins a huge upgrade over their current options, especially with a contract that, like it or not, is in like with the current market rate
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    The point is Cousins at $35 million is market rate at BEST. There is no additional value to be had. Nobody is giving up anything of value to pay a choke artist $35 million to maybe win one playoff game. Heck, not even the Vikings did that.

  41. Pretty typical vikings nonsense to bring him in in the first place. Good luck. So happy to have renounced my fandom for this pathetic franchise.

  42. Well Spielman overpriced Cousins & Cook and drafted Ponder while simultaneously Ignoring the o line.

    Zimmer has had the worst defense in the NFL two years running , in fact since the 2nd half of the MN Miracle in 17 the D has been bad.

    Cousins has won only one 1 playoff game with MN.

    He also lost 2 times to Chicago last game of the year with a win and in scenario. It’s probably going to happen again this year.

    All 3 need to go

  43. The other problem with Kirk Cousins isn’t his play on the field. It’s that no one really seems to like him all that much. He, at least in the media, comes off as a self-important
    goober. Who went to bat for him in Washington? No one, really. Who’s gone to bat for him in Minnesota? No one. He’s all about Kirk, which, great! Good for you! But you are still part of a team and he never seemed to really get that.

  44. Say what you want about Kirk Cousins, he’s good enough to take a team to a Super Bowl.

    Kirk on the Broncos = Super Bowl Contender
    Kirk on the 49ers = Super Bowl Contender
    Kirk on the Saints = Super Bowl Contender
    Kirk on the Giants = Playoff Team
    Kirk on the Lions = Playoff Team

    Personally there are only 8 or 10 QBs I’d rather have leading my team.

  45. Cousins isn’t the problem, his contract is. He’s an above average starter, worth maybe $25-$28M/yr. He professes to be a “team” player, yet demands cap-killing money and won’t get vaxed at a time when NFL protocols unduly punish the unvaxxed – setting up the team to be without its most important player at the time of greatest need. That’s selfish and damaging to the team – if he says otherwise he’s a hypocrite. Can you imagine the WI outrage if Rodgers the unvaxxed gets Covid before a playoff game? Pure selfishness.

  46. ‘A fool and his money are soon parted.’ The fools here are everyone in the Viking organization responsible for the Cousins’ deal.

  47. Rodgers has made $240 million in his career. Cousins has made $140 million in his career.

    Rodgers’ career has been longer than Cousins’, but who here thinks Cousins is worth even half (if not the more than half he’s made) of what Rodgers has made?

    Exactly. Good for him he got paid. Bad for the teams that paid him, because they weren’t getting even close to that kind of production.

  48. First 2 years in MN for Cousins, he had a top 10 defense. Went to the playoffs 1 of those 2 seasons. The next 2 seasons, he’s had a bottom 12 defense in the league. Zero playoff appearances. I think at the end of the day, Cousins is a competent NFL quarterback who unfortunately can only play to the level of his environment. QBs like Rodgers, Manning, Favre, and Drew Brees to an extent, are able to drag their below average supporting cast to the playoffs, time and time again. That’s why they got paid ‘the big bucks’. Cousins is absolutely a starter. But probably need a drop in pay, because he just isnt able to get the most out of his offensive weapons.

  49. The Vikings’ owner is content to win 8-10 games per year and have an early exit in the playoffs. Making the playoffs is their ultimate goal and falling just short is acceptable. The business is making tons of money and ownership is delighted. Cousins is a great QB. For that matter, every 3rd string NFL QB is a great QB or they wouldn’t be getting paid millions. However, it’s a QB league and the teams with the elite QB’s win most games and championships. Cousins might be around 22-25 in the league. That’s pretty good. The 25th best QB on the planet is worth a lot of money in today’s NFL. But he has no chance of winning. That’s 100% on the owner. That’s his plan. Zimmer is no different than Belichick or Arians. Give him Brady and he’s the smartest coach on the planet. No Brady and no championship.

  50. This kind of saves Zimmers job. Cant fire him for what Cousins did. Cousins just saved Zimmers coaching career. Word here in minny pre season was Zim had to make the playoffs or else, but now it looks like they will give him a pass.

  51. Cousins needs to give back his salary for the year. He cost the Vikings a shot at the playoffs because he wouldn’t get a frigging shot in the arm. There it is.

  52. There are QB needy teams that would consider Cousins, though his salary is such that they probably won’t give up that much trade value for him because they have to pay him 35MM.

    If the Vikings trade Cousins, what do they do at QB?
    Do they draft a QB in a supposedly bad QB class?

    Do they “sign a veteran free agent QB”? Like who?
    Who will be available thats not a lot worse than Cousins?

    Do they trade him and tank? So they can draft a QB in 2022? QBs have a high bust rate and that could fail.

    The Vikings are probably better off going with him, and drafting a QB in 2022, unless a team makes a big offer for him.

  53. Cousins is just not worth that kind of money. Time for the Vikings to rebuild. Do what takes to unload him, fire Zimmer, bring in a new QB.

  54. I’m not saying a team should talk to the Vikes about Cousins, but if there’s demand for Desaun Watson of all people given his circumstances, surely someone can scramble a few brain cells in Minnesota’s front office to be able to offload one year left of a deal.

  55. Top 10 QB? Are you kidding?

    Josh Allen
    Patrick Mahomes
    Justin Herbert
    Derek Carr
    joe Burrow
    Lamar Jackson
    Dak Prescott
    Matt Stafford
    Kyler Murray
    Russell Wilson
    Aaron Rodgers
    Tom Brady

    There’s 12. Which one of those guys is he better than? Note: list should have / could have included Jimmy G, Mac Jones and Ryan Tannehill. And possibly Matt Ryan and Jalen Hurts. Top 10! LOL

  56. He’s never been a game-changer even though that’s what they paid for. He’s a game-manager, which is what they deserve.

  57. The Washington Football team know what they were doing when it came to Cousins.

  58. Cousins is the worst qb for a franchise. Plays well enough to keep his job not well enough to contend and never consistently bad enough to bottom out.

    Since becoming a full time starter in 2015 cousins record has been

    9-7
    8-7-1
    7-9
    8-7-1
    10-5
    7-9
    7-8 (one game left).

    Cousins is qb purgatory.

  59. Cousins has enough talent to win a Super Bowl. Like Trent Dilfer, for example. But that kind of money is Tom Brady at the age of 29 money.

  60. I don’t understand the bashing of cousins on the non vaccine stance.. vaccinated or not on Thursday the doesn’t play.. so his stance on being non vaccinated doesn’t matter..

  61. If they were playing the Raiders the NFL would give them time until cousins feels better to play!

  62. Find a team that has a buttload of cap space in 2022, needs a QB and toss them your 1st round pick to take Kirk and his $35m off your hands. Cough…cough…Welcome home Kirk to WFT?) Sure it kills your 2022 draft but whatya gonna do…”Suck for Luck” in 2023 or “Suck with Kirk” for another season?

  63. I like the Saints idea. Winston was not the answer in N.O. and Hill is always hurt. Actually, the whole NFC South may need new QBs next year. Pittsburgh builds through the draft. Denver may be an option with that defense and running game.

  64. Football is a sport.

    Cousins is a business man who has perfected his football talents.

    Cousins has done what he was paid to do, performed slightly better than expected.

    Blame Spielman for spending so much on one position. Blame Zimmer for gutting his d-backfield without a plan.
    Blame poor free agent signings like Tomlinson and Pierce (who opted out in 2020).

    But the actual blame should be placed on the football gods who’ve cursed the Viking franchise with unspeakably bizarre bad luck for the last 60 years.

    Three names to illustrate: Darrin Nelson, Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh.

  65. Appears to me Cousins is in violation of the personal safety clause of his contract and should be terminated with cause.

  66. Steelers are not that stupid to trade for him especially with that $35M contract, they will go with M Rudolph !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Their are only 32 starting quarterbacks in the entire world so they can pretty much get the money they are asking for.Cousins isnt in the elite class though he gets paid like it but he isnt chopped liver either.the Vikings owner decided to pay the salary Cousins agent was asking for so now live with it and put a better supporting cast around him.

  68. The Vikings history of poor decisions by players and mgmt has made them the laughing stock of the NFL!

  69. The fact such a middling player commands this kind of attention and money is proof of how hard it is to play QB in this league and more specifically, in this era. At some point, NFL teams will start innovating to win without throwing the ball a million times, because unless you have Rogers, Brady, Mahomes or maybe two other guys, you’re not going to win the Super Bowl. I’m not saying bring back the T formation or Wishbone, but there has to be a way to win more games on the ground.

  70. A true leader puts the team needs ahead of his own and helps align everyone on that team to a common goal. True leaders also need to show poise and function under pressure. These traits instill confidence in other members of team.

    Unfortunately as talented as Cousins is he frequently crumbles under pressure. Worse yet he projects an image far from poise. His eyes and face show fear and actions of dumping ball way too early impact others around him.
    This year was a great chance for the highest paid player in Viking history to be a true leader. With covid protocols so harsh in NFL he should have got vaccinated and encouraged all key teammates to do the same. Instead we have lost several close games, many with key (unvaccinated) players out under the protocol. Cousins missed several preparation days just before the first game because of close contact, and now misses the biggest game of season. .This year should have been a cakewalk to the playoffs but it’s wasted.

    Cousins is not the leader we need to succeed. It is time to find someone that can.

  71. Sean Payton has to be wretching inside, with the roll call of drecks they currently have at QB.
    +++++
    He probably should have retched a few weeks back when they gave the will-be-32 years old Taysom Hill (10 fumbles in 2020) an extension for $10M/year.

  72. But the actual blame should be placed on the football gods who’ve cursed the Viking franchise with unspeakably bizarre bad luck for the last 60 years.
    +++++
    Nope. It’s takes like this that keep the Vikings Vikining from one decade to the next.

    The mistake THIS decade was thinking you had a real shot in Zim year 3, panic-bought Sam Bradford for that 1st, and then lost the 5-0 mojo over the bye week (right around the stuffed animal incident).

    Not cursed. Not unluckier. Maybe the refs a tad, olive branch.

  73. Cousins will always make the critical mistake and fail under the bright lights. You will never cross the finish line with him as your QB.

  74. Top 10 QBs make the playoffs consistently. Cousins is trash. Trade him for a bag of donuts. Win.

  75. I look at Cousins as I looked at Tony Romo. They both put up good stats year after year, but there’s just something missing when it comes to being able to deliver in big games.
    Maybe it’s just that they are unlucky, but it seems to me as a casual observer, that both of them find ways to make crucial mistakes in big games.
    The Vikings have made two of the worst moves in NFL history. They gave away the ranch for Herschel Walker — which helped the Cowboys and Jimmy Johnson with 3 championships and helped Barry Switzer with another one, and then when they signed Kirk Cousins away from Washington and gave him all that guaranteed money. It was astonishing then, so this not a second guess.
    Washington was clearly not enamored with Cousins and no one else seemed to be either. But along came the Vikings.
    I am not a Vikings fan, but it’s obvious what they have been doing wrong for years. They need to hire a head coach who knows how to develop QB’s and then draft a good young QB and let him develop him. This constant carousel of QB’s only serves to set them back for more years.
    The Vikings have had 10 different starting QB’s since the year 2000 (and not because of injury). You don’t win championships that way.

  76. QBs like Rodgers, Manning, Favre, and Drew Brees to an extent, are able to drag their below average supporting cast to the playoffs, time and time again.

    +++++

    Brett Favre took the Packers to the playoffs 10 times. 7 of those seasons the Green Bay defense was in the top quarter. Two other times top half.

    Only the 2004 team was dragged to the playoffs, and quickly dispatched in the WC game.

  77. The Vikings are the living example of it doesn’t matter what 31 teams would do, as long as there’s one idiot out there ….

    The Vikings were so sure they were 1 QB from the SB they screwed over the other 31 teams (with the 1st fully guaranteed QB contract) and performed no better than if they would’ve kept Case Keenum as their starter. Keenum won just as many play off games in 1 year as Cousins has won in 4 and Cousins is the living definition of 8-8 which is what his Vikings career averages out as.

  78. The trend in the NFL is both teams share the cost of that last years salary OR a high draft pick gets sent to get him off THE books

  79. This constant carousel of QB’s only serves to set them back for more years.
    The Vikings have had 10 different starting QB’s since the year 2000 (and not because of injury).

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    Bridgewater took over when Cassel got injured. Bradford acquired because Bridgewater got injured. Keenum took over because Bradford got injured……

  80. I simply love the Vikings around the holidays.
    They’re the gift that keeps on giving.

  81. Same old problem with these pretty good but not great QBs– Who are you gonna replace him with? All the top tier QBs are taken. Vikings fan think they have it bad. Fans of some teams think– “Cousins is a huge upgrade for us!”

  82. The Saints already have their version of Kirk Cousins. His name is Trevor Siemian. No thanks.

  83. Kirk doesn’t win and he’s not a leader. His stats are meaningless. Second coming of Jay Cutler. A guy that puts up great numbers in garbage time but never actually wins anything.

  84. This year Kirk Cousins has 30 TD passes, 4,000 passing yards, only 7 INTs and a 101 QB rating. Put him on the talented Broncos and you’d have a serious contender.

  85. Packers tried to warn the Vikings faithful, but I am guessing since they are a rival they dismissed it, and that is fine, but you should have considered listening to the Washington fans that watched him for several years.

    His insane contract he signed is not his fault, its the Vikings for being as desperate as they were, to give a big foolish fully guaranteed contract. Cousins isn’t a top 10 QB he is a top 20 which is why there are about a dozen teams he is an improvement on given their QB situation. He doesn’t need more talent around him, he has some of the best offensive weapons a QB could ask for. He needs to start playing quite a bit better, but its rare that a QB improves to that level this late in his career.

  86. nfldivas says:

    December 31, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Should have kept the much cheaper option in Case
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    Lol that’s what that is, laughable. 1st off of Cousins were to be a free agent over any of the years Case has been a team would’ve offered him a contract as a starter, that’s the difference. 2nd why would Keenum be much cheaper?? If named a starting qb to think he wasnt going to then get a salary of 22 to 24 million plus just isnt thinking things thru.

  87. Yes… Cousins is Way Overpaid…. Yes…Zimmer is a bad head coach….. Yes… Vikings will miss the playoffs, so blame the defense who have failed at the end of multiple games… Fire Zimmer… and Good luck finding an upgrade to Cousins…

  88. Sunday Swami says:
    January 1, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Lol that’s what that is, laughable. 1st off of Cousins were to be a free agent over any of the years Case has been a team would’ve offered him a contract as a starter, that’s the difference. 2nd why would Keenum be much cheaper?? If named a starting qb to think he wasnt going to then get a salary of 22 to 24 million plus just isnt thinking things thru.
    __________

    The Vikings would have been better off reaching paying Keenum as starting QB cuz he atleast pulled it off for a season, then reaching and hoping Cousins would become Elite.

    For one it wouldnt have been fully guranteed so automatically its cheaper, but lets just pretend, he signed similar.. At the VERY least Keenum wouldn’t have been such a head case to the point, where they could have brought in a decent back up QB for the sake of making the the team good and he wouldn’t have been salty about it. Cousin being so paranoid about losing his job, because even he understood, what someone could do with the versatile weapons around him. Remember when the Vikings were trying to get a QB to come in and help Kirk with offense, but when he found out he wouldn’t be allowed to compete for the starting job he declined?

  89. jerrykramersslivers says:
    January 1, 2022 at 12:23 am
    The Washington Football team know what they were doing when it came to Cousins.
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    Well, let’s please remember that the WTF franchised him TWICE, which is what ballooned the current market value for QBs to what it is today. Remember when Houston signed Osweiller as their starter in 2016? That contract was for ~$17 million per year and people thought it was outrageous. If I recall correctly, the second tag WTF put on Cousins raised his salary to ~$28 million per year – and this wasn’t that long after Osweiller’s deal.

    And people saying that Cousins “isn’t worth it” are, I think, vastly oversimplifying and misunderstanding the NFL QB market. Minnesota can’t just let Cousins walk out the door and magically sign someone “better”, because there are no guarantees with anything. There are a ton of moving parts to consider with what is needed to improve a team.

    Say Cousins or Rodgers or Wilson sign with new teams. No NFL systems are “plug and play”. They have to learn the new system, get to know their receivers AND the TEAM has to (HAS TO) build their offensive plan around that QB’s strengths. Not to mention having a good OL and running game. Oh – and how about a defense that can hold other teams to less than ~20 points per game.

  90. The Steelers moving on Cousins makes sense. Especially if they pillage the Vikings for picks, a la Detroit for Goff. Pittsburgh protects Cousins with a run heavy attack, will draft/acquire more OL and fix their run D. Bang! Reload, not a rebuild.

    Vikings QB future is murky and that’s sad for superstar Justin Jefferson.

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