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Vikings Send Major Message To Kirk Cousins Before Free Agency

The Minnesota Vikings want to bring quarterback Kirk Cousins back this offseason, but it does not appear to be an inevitability.

The Vikings would have to eat $28 million in dead cap money if they allow Cousins to walk in free agency, and many feel they don’t want to resort to that.

However, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did not seem to rule out the possibility, saying that he has not received any mandates from ownership one way or the other.

He added that he doesn’t think a transition year would be the worst thing in the world if it comes in exchange for potential long-term success.

“Taking a step back in the short term isn’t a big deal if you don’t think you’re actually close,” Adofo-Mensah said, via Alec Lewis of The Athletic.

While Adofo-Mensah has said he hopes to retain Cousins, the above quote is not exactly a ringing endorsement for the 35-year-old signal-caller.

It’s also important to note that Adofo-Mensah wants to bring Cousins back on a deal that provides Minnesota with financial flexibility. Cousins refused such a contract last offseason, although he has said he is open to taking a discount to sign with a contender this spring.

“I think at different times this year — we’ve shown it in the last two years in fact — but I think you want to get to that place in your program where it’s consistent year in and year out [and] you can overcome adversity,” Adofo-Mensah said. “We’re not there to that standard yet, but we’ve made the playoffs, we’ve got in playoff contention for a lot of this year through a lot of things. So, I think we’re pointed in the right direction.”

So, basically, Adofo-Mensah thinks the Vikings need to add some pieces, and it will be difficult for the club to do that if they are paying Cousins a substantial salary.

Cousins joined Minnesota as a free agent back in 2018. Since then, he has been a consistent presence under center for the squad, although midway through this season, he unfortunately tore his Achilles. Prior to the injury, Cousins was enjoying a spectacular year, having thrown for 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions through eight games.

We’ll see if Kirk Cousins is still playing in a Vikings uniform in 2024.

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