Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings won 13 games last year, but this season, they look like a completely different ballclub.
Through two weeks in 2023, the Vikings have gone 0-2, most recently losing to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 34-28 last Thursday.
As a result of Minnesota’s rough start, trade rumors have begun swirling around Cousins, who is in the final year of his contract.
Former Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is not surprised by the trade chatter and believes that the team should field offers for the veteran signal-caller.
“I think it’s worth a conversation,” Rudolph said this week on Fox Sports Radio. “If you’re the Vikings, I think it’s a phone call that you have to take. What are (teams) willing to give you for a guy who, ultimately, he might not be in your plans?”
Cousins initially joined Minnesota as a free agent back in 2018. At the time, the Vikings viewed him as the piece to potentially put them over the top, as they made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game in the preceding season with Case Keenum under center.
However, as Rudolph puts it, “it hasn’t worked out.”
The New York Jets are a team who could certainly use Cousins’ services following Aaron Rodgers’ devastating Achilles injury in Week 1. The Jets entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but those expectations have obviously changed significantly now that Zach Wilson is taking snaps.
Before Cousins ultimately inked an $84 million deal with the Vikings in March 2018, the Jets made a push to sign the Michigan State product, offering him $90 million guaranteed. However, because Minnesota had a stronger roster at the time, Cousins spurned the Jets for the Vikings.
Through the first two weeks of 2023, Kirk Cousins has thrown for 708 yards and a league-leading six touchdowns.