The Minnesota Vikings were just one game away from being the only team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. After an impressive 13-3 season and their first NFC Championship appearance since 2009, they’re looking to make that one final push to finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
With their top three quarterbacks from the 2017 season set to become free agents, it appears they’re going to be making a huge push for Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. According to various sources, they are the front-runners to land the high-profile free agent to be.
Multiple #Broncos sources feel Kirk Cousins is likely headed to Minnesota.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 5, 2018
Virtually everyone in Indy said the same. @caplannfl made the connection several days back on the "Breaking Burgundy" podcast. Good listen. https://t.co/p0vJpgyyxO While there, subscribe on ITunes. Just saying, https://t.co/rtohRRj3FR— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 5, 2018
Jets fear Kirk Cousins is already ticketed to Minnesota ... https://t.co/nrfr8T9hQI— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) March 4, 2018
The move is shocking aggressive for a Vikings team that actually had pretty impressive quarterback play in 2017. Case Keenum finished the year seventh in passer rating (98.3), 13th in yards per attempt (7.37) and second in completion percentage (67.6).
Investing in Cousins would also represent a huge increase in spending at the position for Minnesota. Last year, the Vikings spent a total of $22.5 million on the quarterback position between four different players. Cousins is expected to get at least $28.5 million on his own with a realistic chance he breaks $30 million.
If the Vikings do indeed land Cousins, it will transform the NFC North into one of the best quarterbacked divisions. With Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and the up-and-coming Mitchell Trubisky, the passing game will reign supreme in the Black and Blue division.
But questions remain whether this will make the Vikings noticeably better. Will Cousins give Minnesota the opportunity to open up their offense, especially under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo? Or will the monster contract Cousins demands hamstring the Vikings’ ability to build the identity of the team: their defense?