Purple Rumor Mill: Kirk Cousins MVP Chatter, Sheldon Richardson, Ed Ingram as Solution

Oct 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the May 22nd edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: Kirk Cousins is actually forecasted as an MVP candidate in 2022.

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Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

This rumor (or chatter) came from one man — Mr. Kyle Brandt.

Brandt from the NFL Network tapped Cousins as his MVP dark horse. Why? Because Cousins may have competent pass protection for the first time since 2017 — and then he has Kevin O’Connell catering to his strengths, not a defensive-first coach annoyed by his mere presence and contract.

After that, well, look at the depth chart. If Cousins can’t tick with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Irv Smith Jr., and K.J. Osborn out on the playground by his side — plus O’Connell’s tutelage — then he really isn’t a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.

Brandt picked Cousins for the dark-horse role because of potential.

Rumor: Sheldon Richardson will land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

This one came from Greg Auman, who writes about the Buccaneers for The Athletic.

Richardson is hitting “the age” where men chase championships on a year-to-year basis, so it wouldn’t be flummoxing for him to sign with Tampa Bay.

In fact, it would be a smart fit for all parties. We’re on board with the Richardson-to-Buccaneers logic.

Rumor: Ed Ingram will win the starting RG job.

Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State offensive lineman Ed Ingram. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Of today’s rumor mill session, this one has the best chance to actualize.

2nd-Round offensive linemen, especially interior variety, generally start out of the gate. If Ingram does not, it will be a very Vikingish syndrome.

Ingram should be considered by Vikings fans as the favorite to start at RG in September. This rumor is credible and is substantiated by various depth-chart projections from Bleacher Report and NFL.com.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).