Questions Answered: The Next Roster Cut, Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins, Kendricks’ Farewell

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Questions Answered: The Next Roster Cut, Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins, Kendricks’ Farewell

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

Q: How does Derek Carr’s new contract affect Kirk Cousins’ possible extension?

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Aug 26, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) waves to the crowd after the game against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A: In a mammoth way. It established Cousins’ “bottom floor” for negotiations at $37.5 million per season, Carr’s new rate.

The Saints hopped into bed with Carr for four years and $150 million — $100 million of which is guaranteed.

Of course, Carr is three years younger than Cousins, so that helped his cause. But if the Vikings want to extend the relationship with Cousins — that’s a big if as of March 6th — they’ll have to match Carr’s money or come damn close to it.

This is the way it goes.

Q: Where does Eric Kendricks rank among the Vikings all-time great off-ball linebackers?

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Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, these are the contenders in alphabetical order:

  • Anthony Barr
  • Matt Blair
  • Chad Greenway
  • E.J. Henderson
  • Wally Hilgenberg
  • Eric Kendricks
  • Ed McDaniel
  • Fred McNeill
  • Jeff Siemon
  • Scott Studwell
  • Lonnie Warwick
  • Roy Winston

Subtracting recency bias, Kendricks probably ranks around sixth all-time, and that is certainly debatable. Kendricks and Blair are the only Vikings linebackers ever named 1st-Team All-Pro.

Longevity likely reigns in the debate for players like Blair, Hilgenberg, Greenway, Studwell, and Winston.

Q: Who’s the next Viking to get released after Eric Kendricks?

Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo‐Mensah during the NFL combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

A: We’ll predict Jordan Hicks — another linebacker.

Hicks played decent in 2022 but may not fit the vision for new defensive coordinator Brian Flores. whose specialty is, well, linebackers.

Other names to monitor are Dalvin Cook, C.J. Ham, Chris Reed, Za’Darius Smith, and Adam Thielen.

We do not believe Harrison Smith will exit the franchise.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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