Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent this offseason after the Washington Redskins acquired Alex Smith via a trade for cornerback Kendall Fuller, and a third-round draft pick. Washington plans to extend Smith to a four-year extension with $71 million in guarantees once the 2018-2019 season officially starts. Smith is coming off one of his best years as a pro quarterback, leading the league with a QBR of 107.7, the highest among all NFL starting quarterbacks this past season. So, what does this mean for Kirk Cousins?
This could be a very good thing for Kirk Cousins who is also coming off an extraordinary season throwing for over 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions, impressive to say the least. It is almost impossible to say that quarterback hungry teams such as the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, or even the Minnesota Vikings would not all benefit from having a player like Kirk Cousins on their teams. Personally, If I could pick a place for Cousins to sign with, without a doubt I am picking the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings are a very solid team all around. From their offensive line to the defense, there is not one side of the ball that Minnesota struggles on. Now, you are probably asking yourself: “what about Case Keenum, or Teddy Bridgewater”? Here’s the thing, Cases’ production throughout the entire regular season was probably more than the Vikings could have asked for. However, he did struggle against the Saints in the Divisional round of the playoffs, as well as in the NFC Championship game against the now Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
As far as Teddy Bridgewater is concerned, he did show some flashes of potential when he was the starter for Minnesota, but that was back in 2016. Plus, we do not know how well Bridgewater will play coming off of his ACL injury. Here is what we do know though, Kirk Cousins is an upgrade from both Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater when talking about health and statistics. The Vikings defense is nothing to sleep on either. Having players like Xavier Rhodes, Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffin, Harrison Smith and many more on that side of the ball should make Kirk Cousins grin from ear to ear.
As we all know, better defense a lot of the time primarily means two things: better field position, and less pressure on the quarterback, both of which are things that Kirk Cousins should strongly consider when choosing to sign with a certain team during the offseason. Someone is going to pay Cousins a lot of money, why not the Vikings? It is almost a match made in Heaven for all parties involved. Cousins gets to go to a team that respects his potential as a player and the Vikings are once again Super Bowl contenders, I do not see any flaws, do you?
Minnesota also has a very balanced offense this past season as well. They ranked in the top 15 in all offensive categories. They were 10th in points per game with 23.9, 11th in yards per game with 356.9, 11th in passing yards per game with 234.6, and 7th in rushing yards per game with 122.3. A stout offense and ferocious defense should be music to Kirk Cousins ears.
If I am the Vikings General Manager, I am doing whatever means necessary to sign Kirk Cousins, keeping Keenum as a solid backup, and trading Teddy Bridgewater to a team like the Broncos or Jets who also are in need of a quarterback. Cousins has been with Washington since RG3 was drafted, and quite frankly, Jay Gruden never seemed to like Kirk Cousins.
If the Vikings can make it to an NFC Championship game with Case Keenum at the helm, just imagine what they could do with a player that is as talented as Kirk Cousins. If I am the Minnesota Vikings, I am doing whatever I see necessary to bring Kirk Cousins and his last seasons’ quarterback rating of 93.9 to the city of Minnesota.