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Kirk Cousins: Minnesota's Missing Puzzle Piece?

By: Tanishka Mhaskar
February 27th, 2018

Could QB Kirk Cousins be the missing puzzle piece the Minnesota Vikings need to finally win a Super Bowl?

Recent reports from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on late Monday have announced that the Minnesota Vikings are not expected to franchise tag Case Keenum and let him face free agency. The quarterback had a breakout year when he filled in for an injured Sam Bradford who had been filling in for an injured Teddy Bridgewater. All are free agents now and Minnesota doesn't really seem too interested in signing any of them but as of now, it is hard to say and the quarterback carousel could spin any way.

Although, recently attention has turned away from these 3 free agents to former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins who is set to walk to free agency after Washington traded to get former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to takeover as signal caller down in the nations capital. As reported by the one main question is: If aggressive suitors such as the Jets and Broncos push their money over the edge next month in the Cousins' sweepstakes, will the Vikings opt to match or fold?

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, "The Minnesota Vikings are going to be players for Kirk Cousins. I have been told that by numerous sources the whole way. I'm not saying they're going to land him. I do believe they have a great pitch to make to him as far as look at our defense, look at our targets, look at everything we've got. You can come in here and compete right away."

The Vikings do have enough cap space to give the quarterback the money he is worth (about $30 million) and what makes Minnesota stand out is what Cousins said earlier this year on "Is money a part of it, Sure. Is it the only thing? No. It is about winning and that's what I want to do more than anything, so I'm going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win, and that's what the focus is going to be."

It is possible that Cousins could take a pay cut to come to the Vikings who have a team that is championship ready once they sort out this quarterback dilemma. This would allow the Vikings to surely be able to sign contract extensions to Barr, Kendricks, and Diggs this offseason.

Former Cowboys excecutive Gill Brandt said, "Certainly interest on both sides." And that he expects Cousins to land in Minnesota. This prediction came weeks before KFAN's Paul Allen said, "Vikings are 'number one with a bullet' on Cousins' rudimentary wish list."

With the Vikings not franchise tagging Case Keenum, it is likely he will play elsewhere in the 2018 season and Teddy Bridgewater told his teammates earlier today that he was "hurt by the Vikes lack of respect" to not signing him to a long time deal or trying to toll his contract over to next season. Sam Bradford is the only quarterback that played snaps for the Vikings in 2017 who has been ignored in this quarterback situation as there has been no news about him whatsoever.

At this point it is hard for a lot of Vikings fans to envision Kirk Cousins in purple and gold next season and possibly not see Bridgewater, Bradford, or Keenum start for Minnesota but remember: GM Rick Spielman won Executive of the Year and knows what he is doing. On top of all that, Minnesota has a set of very talented coaches on the offensive staff to develop and work with the quarterback.

Hopefully whichever signal caller Minnesota decides to roll with will surely have support of all Viking Nation fans in hopes of finally bringing home the long awaited Lombardi trophy from Atlanta.