The Vikings have had one of their more transformative off-seasons this year, shedding core players in nearly every conceivable way (trade, unrestricted free agency, etc.) outside of acquiring and using an infinity gauntlet to snap them out of existence.
Despite that, though, the team extended their quarterback Kirk Cousins, to a massive extension (which is what extended means, I suppose). That extension lowered Cousins’ 2020 cap hit, but made it so that the team will be on the hook for the guaranteed $45 million for Cousins’ 2022 once the clock strikes midnight on the Sunday on the first week of the 2021 season.
According to OvertheCap.com, the Vikings would carry a whopping $61 million in dead cap space should they release Cousins now, $41 million in 2021 and $10 million in 2022.
That means the Vikings are essentially “stuck” with Cousins throughout 2022, barring some sort of trade with another NFL franchise. That should be the end of the story, however, there are some in the betting world that believe that not only will the Vikings end up moving on from Cousins after this season, but they’ll replace him with one of the brightest young QBs in the NFL in Dak Prescott.
It has been 25 hours since the deadline passed, and the #Cowboys failed to ink Dak Prescott to a long-term contract, and already there are odds in place for where he’ll play to start the 2021 season.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 16, 2020
How? Well, the folks at BetOnline.com haven’t divulged that information. Instead, they’ve given odds as to which franchise Prescott will play for in 2021 now that the deadline for the ‘Boys to extend him has come and gone.
Prescott will earn over $31 million in 2020 and then be free to explore other opportunities in 2021. How the Vikings are involved, again, remains to be seen. That’s $10 million more than Cousins is receiving and about the same that he’s receiving in 2021.
I’m not the best at how sports betting works, so maybe this is just a way for them to get people to bet heavily on the Vikings (knowing that they won’t have to pay out because this clearly isn’t going to happen)?
Either way, what do you think? Would you like to see Prescott in purple? Or do you think Cousins is the QB of the next half decade?