Questions Answered: Kirk Verdict, Veterans Trades on the Docket, What about the Kicker?

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Nov 8, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

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Q: You guys predicted the Cousins. So, what’s the next? What’s the ceiling with all this?

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A: Well, it wasn’t too tough to predict. The team hired an old coach of this, complimented the man ad nauseam for weeks, and Cousins had incumbency in his back pocket. Badda bing.

The ceiling is a Super Bowl. O’Connell, Adofo-Mensah, and Cousins are ready to win one of those out of the gate. Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are clones for performance — and Cousins even tops Stafford in most of the metrics. If Stafford can win one, Cousins can win one — with Sean McVay’s righthand man.

Q: Kirk deal. Check. What about these supposed trades of Thielen and Cook. Are they happening?

Oct 11, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates with wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) after rushing for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A: We were more confident of a Cousins’ extension than a “no” on other existing veterans getting traded.

While we still believe trades of Cook and Thielen are unlikely, they’re not a no-brainer like Cousins’ extension, in our opinion.

Cook and Thielen are productive as hell. Trading them would signal a rebuild. The Cousins extension is the antithesis of a rebuild. So, trades of offensive playmakers are unlikely.

Q: Nobody has said anything about the kicker. Will Greg Joseph be back or what do you expect?

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) celebrates his game-winning field goal during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

A: Joseph will likely be back. One of the coolest things about the 2021 season — there weren’t many — was his redemption story. He bungled a sure-win in Arizona, only to bounce back triumphantly on a couple of occasions.

The man deserves another audition. Otherwise, Greg Zuerlein is available.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His YouTube Channel, VikesNow, debuts in March 2022. 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).

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