Could Kirk Cousins’ days be numbered as Minnesota Vikings quarterback?
The Vikings have gotten off to an 0-2 start this season and hardly resemble contenders early on. With Cousins in the final year of his deal, some are speculating that Minnesota could move the signal-caller in a midseason trade to recoup some value for him.
Former NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski thinks that what the Vikings do in their Week 3 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers should dictate how they decide to proceed with Cousins.
“For the Vikings, if they go 0-3, there’s going to be some serious change at the quarterback position. They have a good team, but they can’t finish, they can’t win games. Their head coach is going to be staying there, he’s only in his second year, but I feel like Kirk Cousins will be shipped out. Somebody’s going to want to trade for him that’s a playoff contender,” Gronkowski said on the Up & Adams show earlier this week. “He’s a good player, he’s putting up the stats, he’s playing well. Kirk Cousins will get shipped out, and they’ll be billing for the future, hopefully, tank for Caleb Williams out of USC next year.”
Minnesota initially signed Cousins in 2018 with the hope that he would be its missing piece to win a Super Bowl. The year prior, the Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum under center.
Well, since acquiring Cousins, Minnesota has actually gone backward.
The Vikings missed the playoffs in three of Cousins’ first five seasons, winning just one playoff game during that span. Last year, Minnesota went 13-4 but lost to the New York Giants in the Wild Card Round.
It seems hard to pin the blame on Kirk Cousins, who has made three trips to the Pro Bowl in his Vikings tenure and has thrown for 30 or more touchdowns three times.
However, in this league, the quarterback tends to get the brunt of the blame.