Super Bowl Buzz Takes Stab at Kirk Cousins Prediction

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Everything about the Minnesota Vikings’ 2024 offseason starts with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Super Bowl Buzz Takes Stab at Kirk Cousins Prediction

The 35-year-old is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last October at Lambeau Field and is scheduled to hit free agency in 35 days. For the last few weeks and a few more on the horizon, Vikings fans have debated the pros and cons of a Year No. 7 for Cousins in Minnesota.

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Now, radio row at the Super Bowl has weighed in, seeming to suggest that Cousins will find the exit sign rather than re-up with the Vikings. While the buzz is, of course, speculative, the general sentiment at the Super Bowl is apparently that Cousins will test the open market.

On the latest episode of Purple Insider, a Vikings-themed podcast, Matthew Coller detailed the Cousins hubbub from Las Vegas, “Every radio hit was like ‘so Kirk Cousins isn’t coming back, right?’ Nobody could make sense of any reason why, from their outside perspective, from the perspective of a Green Bay host, a Boston host, a Tennessee host, Denver, why the Vikings would bring back Kirk Cousins.”

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Cousins can likely fetch around $45 million per season via his next contract, while Vikings fans have hoped for weeks that he could return at a “hometown discount,” a fee Cousins has never embraced in the past.

“And, I guess, as we’ve gone along, I’ve felt more that he will be playing somewhere else. But I also thought it was interesting that other people believe that Cousins is going to use his free agency to sign with the best team possible, and that’s not the Vikings,” Coller added.

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Radio row is a wild place for questions aimed at players and widespread rumor, but the Coller comments match recent momentum regarding Cousins.

Cousins told Sky Sports about a week ago about the free-agent waiting game, “I’m just waiting it out, and time will tell as those final head-coaching vacancies fill, and teams start to decide how they want to draft and handle free agency, and we’ll start to figure out — including my own team, the Vikings — where I’m going to end up. But we’ll have to wait.”

He also told CBS Sports in January that he would enjoy playing for Bill Belichick if the legendary coach earned the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job. The gig later went to Raheem Morris. But Cousins usually swats away any non-Vikings rumors. This year is different.

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Too, Cousins has talked about “structure” as his most crucial contract factor, implying he’s seeking a deal longer than one year, which could disagree with the Vikings roster-building plan.

NFL free agency begins on March 11th with “legal tampering,” so a decision by the Vikings on Cousins should arrive in the next five weeks. And according to radio row at the Super Bowl, the buzz claims he could bolt for a new team.

The Vikings have reached the postseason twice in six seasons with Cousins at the helm.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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