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Will the Vikings trade Cousins? Never-Cousin-ers should put their money where their masks aren’t

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Since people like me started begging the powers that be at Minnesota Vikings HQ to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins, there’s been a shrinking group of “fans” that have explained away his nigh-elite play at every turn. Whenever Cousins has done something they predicted he’d never do they simply would move the goal post as to what would be enough for them to give Cousins credit.

Case in point, despite the fact that the Vikings had patchwork defense and atrocious special teams units in 2020 and a nearly unstoppable (passing) offense, people are bending over backward to find trade scenarios in which a franchise who hasn’t drafted/developed a franchise QB since the late ‘70’s would give up their 32-year-old, 4,200 yard, 35 touchdown and 13 INT QB. He also topped 105 as a passer rating for the second straight year, and is a top three passer in league history in regards to his completion percentage.

But yeah, the Vikings are going to trade him for a second-fourth-sixth round offer.

With the legalization of sports betting in many states, you can actually put your money where your mouth is (instead of telling me I’m fat in the comment section as if that fat clogs my frontal lobe) on this subject.

As our friends at DailyNorseman pointed out a day or two ago, I’m fat. Wait, no, I meant that they pointed out that you can now place a prop bet on whether or not the Vikings will trade away Cousins and implode the only positive they could build around in 2021 and beyond.

If you live in one of the increasing amounts of states that allow sports betting on the NFL you can put your money where your cpap machine goes and bet that the Vikings will trade Captain Kirk before the 2021 season. The odds for Cousins being traded are as follows:

Will Kirk Cousins get traded?

* Yes: +500 (5/1)
* No: -900 (1/9)

 

That means that if you believe Cousins will be rocking a Patriots jersey in 2021 you could potentially quintuple your money!

One could argue that I could also put my money where my mouth is, in between bites of high caloric food, but the rate of return there makes that bet incredibly unwise as if I put up $90 I’d make $10? I mean, I need that $90 for Door Dash and legal fees from that incident at that buffet.

So, let’s see those bets!

I also understand that believing the Vikings SHOULD trade Cousins is different than thinking the team WILL trade him. But, if Cousins really is only worth a second round pick as the top pick (and Matthew Stafford is worth two firsts despite never winning much despite flashy stats in Detroit (that sentence sound familiar?

Kirk Cousins as a Garbage Time Specialist Is a Garbage Narrative

) and is set to make $45 million guaranteed in 2022… Wouldn’t that make his contract untenable to the point that the Vikings would take any return simply to get out from underneath his albatross of a deal?

One that was extended before a 2020 season in which Cousins mirrored Russell Wilson’s “career year”? I guess that question alone tells you where my money is going.

A sandwich.

Joe Johnson

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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Tommy York
Tommy York
1 month ago

In my opinion I believe a lot of the hate towards Cousins is not so much his play but how his contract has made it nearly impossible to add pieces to make the team better. I’ll make the point of Tom Brady never being the highest paid QB this is why he keeps winning championships. Again just my opinion. SKOL!!!

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Tommy York
1 month ago

Cousins salary is 7th highest among QBs, behind Roethlisberger and Goff. Brady always took a small discount but you need to consider how many quality free agents took a substantial pay cut to play with Brady. Give Cousins an O-line that ranks in the top half of the league and I would wager that he outplays his contract.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Trade Cousins to Jets or back to Washington.

Duke2you
1 month ago

Cousins is not the issue!!! The inability of the front office to build a line for him IS the problem, then Kirk not showing some interest in reworking his contract to help the team get him some legit protection is the icing on the cake…how many millions does it take to be happy and set for life??? “C’mon Man” Kirk man up cut your pay by 6-8 mill and let Spiel get you the protection you need to throw for 5000 yards and 45TD’s…greed only gets mediocrity…us fans are tired of that we want a SB…now….

Robert Clark
Robert Clark
1 month ago

Of course, in this argument, everyone needs to be eating a sandwich instead of, potentially, eating “crow”. The Vikings are not in a position to trade cousins, especially, for a 2nd and a 3rd round draft picks. Cousins knows the system and quite frankly, has played rather well when only half the team shows up on Sunday. Trading for another QB, isn’t always a good bet, as few have lived up to previous expectations. Especially in a new system and environment.
That being said, the Vikings need to address the defensive issues and get special teams some serious help. Probably add a solid blocker at the guard position and I would say let the games begin with high hopes!
I have never been a big Cousins fan, per se, but I’ve seen him play and at times he’s made miraculous throws, even under tremendous pressure. Has taken some hits that might have K Oed a rhino, but he gets up, mans up and plays football. Garoppollo would have been in the hospital, so don’t even go there.
Ok, so now we can get down to business and support the team we have and not the team we wish we had. Do I believe in grooming a QB of the future from the draft? Of course! That’s just my point. The Vikings do not seem to be in a position to that this year and hopefully next year, as well. But, in the future, there may come an opportunity to get a franchise QB from the draft. Until that time comes, solid decision making and true talent scouting must take precedence over wishful thinking and selling the farm for the next decade for players that will not, for all intents and purposes, live up to expectations.
Roll Skol!

FgoT
FgoT
1 month ago

Not my place to tell Kirk how to manage his family’s finances. That said, he at least needs to understand that every extra dollar he squeezes in contract impacts both his legacy and reduces his endorse contracts. How? Winning QBs get more endorsements than non-winning QBs and it’s hard to win when you’re cap constrained. Tom Brady figured this out a decade ago. His endorsements bring in $20M and will likely be higher after winning SB (again), and that’s the point. Win more and get more endorsements. How to win more? Lots of factors but percentage of contract allocated to QB certainly impacts it. H9nestly, I wish Kirk would stay and sign a LT deal that’s both team & player friendly. I think he’s good enough to win us a SB or two but not if his goal is to extract every last dollar from the team.

Joel
Joel
1 month ago

The fact that your fat creates a direct link to your decreased understanding of reality. Blood carries oxygen to your brain. The blood travels through arteries. Your arteries are lined with deep fryer grease. That means there is less room for blood that carries oxygen. Cousins has elite quarterback skills but he is not an elite quarterback. Men are not inspired by him. It’s like this article. Everything is right there to be great. There are words and sentences and paragraphs and even an alleged point. But it just doesn’t hit the mark. The likelihood of him getting traded is not an indictment of is greatness.

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