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Friday open thread: Do you want the Vikings to sign Kirk Cousins?

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Would you be happy or concerned if Cousins lands in Minnesota?

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It has already been a wild offseason for the NFC North. The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears have new head coaches and a bunch of new assistants, too. The Green Bay Packers finally got themselves a new general manager who *LOUD GASP* says he wants to be “really aggressive” in free agency.

But the Minnesota Vikings may be facing the most unique situation of all. Fresh off an NFC Championship appearance, the Vikings are on the verge of having exactly zero signed quarterbacks on their roster. Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater are all set to become free agents, and the Vikings have sounded non-committal on all three.

As luck would have it for Minnesota, a fourth option has emerged. Kirk Cousins will be a free agent in two weeks, and just about every NFL reporter is saying the Vikings will be making a play for him:

I’ve seen Lions fans react to this news in just about every single way. Some are thrilled that Minnesota is considering throwing ALL THE MONEY at Cousins. Some are concerned that Cousins would push them from NFC contender to Super Bowl contender.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you want the Vikings to sign Kirk Cousins?

My answer: Absolutely not. If the Vikings can make a good quarterback out of Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, I fear what they can do with a quarterback whose skill-set is so much more versatile than those other two. Sure, the Vikings lost offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, but they replaced him with quarterbacks guru John DeFilippo.

I don’t believe that signing Cousins will cripple the Vikings’ salary cap like some believe it will. Minnesota currently has a ton of cap space (~$48 million), and their defense is still full of young, talented players. Sure, it will be a little harder to sport as much talent as they have in the past, but remember, this is a team that dealt with a cap hit of over $22 million for their four quarterbacks combined in 2017. Adding $5-10 million to that is an adjustment, but it’s not as drastic as it sounds in today’s NFL.

So there is no question that I’m hoping the Vikings get outbid by some other NFL team for Cousins. A division with Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and even Mitchell Trubisky will become one of the best in the NFL, if it isn’t that way already. That’s not good news for the Lions.

Your turn.


Do you want the Vikings to sign Kirk Cousins?

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