Here’s the difference. VL is speculating. I’m going by what I read. Those people are also speculating, but they have access to people who know a lot more than we do.Texas Vike wrote: ↑Sat Jan 08, 2022 4:44 pmKapp I hope you are right, but I fear that VL's line of reasoning is spot on here. People are speculating that the Steelers, Broncos, Saints, even the 49ers are potential trade partners for Kirk. I don't see it. Those franchises aren't a stupid as we were and there is more data now (than when we made the signing) confirming that Cousins can't hang with the big boys and has a terrible record against teams with winning records.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:11 pm
I would love to bet you on this, but my wife would likely divorce me. Not sure if her problem would be the gambling or that she’s as down on the Cousins idea as you are.
Seriously, we need to refer back to this post in a few months. Depends on who the coach is, I suppose. But I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get traded.
I really hope Rick gets fired or at least has his power mitigated by assuming another role and making way for a new GM. I am tired of Zimm, but I am also SUPER tired of the Ricker.
That’s not to say the Vikings WILL trade Cousins. Anything can happen. The new coach might want him, which would be the most influential factor. Maybe the Vikings will ask too much in return. But from what I read from reliable sources, there will be interest.
And the one thing that does make sense to speculate — he’ll either be traded or extended. Allowing him to play as a lame duck is not something a new coach is going to stand for. We don’t have a Patrick Mahomes waiting to take over. Every head coaching candidate knows his future is tied at the hip to his plan for a quarterback. Look at the coaches hired recently. Guys like Brandon Staley and Sean McDermott are secure because they walked into a good quarterback situation. Meanwhile guys like Matt Rhule and Joe Judge are in hot water, in large part because they’ve floundered at the game’s most important position.
If the Vikings’ new coach believes in Cousins, then he’s going to want to lock him up long term. If not, then the Vikings will want to get something for him, even if they have to take on a significant chunk of his 2022 salary. That’s what Philly did with Carson Wentz.
This has little to do with whether any other teams would want Kirk Cousins. Too many people in the know have said that’s the case. The sticking point isn’t going to be Cousins’ play. It’s his 2022 cap number. So this is more about what the Vikings want, and how far they’re willing to go to get it done. If the Vikings want to move on from Cousins, they may very well be willing to pay some or all of his 2022 salary in exchange for valuable draft picks.
Bottom line: This is going to depend on who the coach and GM are, and what their vision for the team is.