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Vikings “favorites” to land Dak Prescott? Don’t Bet on it

BetOnline gives the Vikings the THIRD best odds to land Prescott in 2021 somehow

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.

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?

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Joe Johnson started purplePTSD.com back in 2015 & purpleTERRITORYradio.com in 2019, and purchased VikingsTerritory.com before the 2017-18 season , used to write for VikingsJournal.com and is the host of the ’Morning Joes’ & ‘About the Labor’ Podcasts, as well. Follow on Twitter: @vtPTSD

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  1. I hope Cousins is the QB1 for us for the next half-decade, but his fate is tied to that of Spielman and Zimmer. In 2017, we saw that Cousins can still perform even as a team falls apart around him, so if he plays well while the team collapses this season – the CB’s are a disaster, Odenigbo was a one-year wonder, Pierce is m’eh and no one steps up at 3-tech, the IOL remains a mess and Reiff a mediocrity, Thielen is the only quality WR and the running game isn’t effective, or we just suffer a rash of injuries to starters all over the field – he will retain some trade value for a team looking for a bridge starter, or maybe Shanahan finally convinces Lynch to get him the guy he wanted all along. In this event, Rick and Mike are not re-signed, and Cousins is traded for at least a 3rd rounder, and maybe considerably more than that.

    By the way, I believe Cousins’ 2022 salary become fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2021 NFL year next March, not the first Sunday of the 2021 regular season next September. That limits the time that the team’s new GM has to sign Cousins, from the end of the 2020 season to early March 2021, but some team will make that trade as long as Cousins performed at least as well in 2021 as he did in Washington in 2017. Depending on the cap situation, Cousins may have to renegotiate his contract, with the COVID after-effects and the new TV contracts off-setting each other in their effect on the salary cap.

    The only way Prescott becomes a Viking is if the new regime here wants its own starting QB (extremely likely) and doesn’t want to go the draft route, which depends on what they feel about the rest of the roster, i.e., is it time for a full-on re-build, or are we still just a few pieces away. My guess is that they’ll go for the full rebuild, so Prescott will have to find a starting job someplace else.

  2. Dak Prescott is so overrated it’s ridiculous. Cowboys are in the worst division in football and didn’t even make the playoffs last year. Cousins is better. If Dak were not on the Cowboys the media would not be hyping him up.

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