Vikings Insider Thinks Kirk Cousins More Likely to be Traded Than Extended

Is Kirk Cousins in the Vikings plans for the future?

According to a Vikings insider, he may be shipped out  of town.

ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin isn’t willing to go all in definitively on one answer over the other. However, she did attach a percentage value to what she thinks the team will ultimately decide to do when it’s all said and done.

“I’ll go ahead and give you—I know you’re going to hate me for this—like a 60-40. I know that’s not the sexy answer because it’s almost 50-50. But I’ll put it at 60 percent trade and 40 percent extension. I think that it’s a bad mistake if you extend [Cousins] now simply based out of financial issues,” Cronin said on the Purple Inside Podcast. “You’re doing it to alleviate a problem that you put yourself in in the first place the last time you did this in order to create cap space, which you ended up using to franchise Anthony Harris. What are you guys doing? How about you don’t do this again.”

Cousins is taking up 21.2 percent of the entire salary cap for the Vikings, and his cap hit is the third-highest among NFL quarterbacks.

“I know it’s such an absurd number to play at—$45 million cap hit. But I know it makes sense in a lot of different respects. Just let him play it as is. You want a competitive team, allegedly? You’re only going to get that with Kirk Cousins as your quarterback, I’m sorry. There’s a lot of teams that need quarterbacks and there are not a lot of quarterbacks out there. So if you want to be competitive in 2022, then you need to keep him at his number,” said Cronin.

It’s hard to imagine the team will trade Cousins, especially soon-to-be head coach Kevin O’Connell is reportedly “high” on him. However, if the right opportunity comes along you never know.

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