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The power of a blue Twitter checkmark was experienced by Minnesota Vikings faithful to kick off the month of February. 

The boss man at NFLAnalysis.net decided that Kirk Cousins was firmly in the mix to be a trade component on the San Francisco 49ers offseason agenda. 

Massey, the man in charge of NFL Analysis, evidently has it on good authority that Cousins-to-Niners is a tangible reality. He made no mention of his source, but that is not too uncommon. Sources often “hide behind” journalists and analysts to maintain anonymity. 

But Massey indeed has a blue checkmark on his social media resume, so now it is off to the races for the theoretical Cousins Sweepstakes. The bulk of the Cousins chatter to San Francisco is derived from his relationship with Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Shanahan and Cousins worked side-by-side for two seasons – Cousins’ first and second campaigns – in 2012 and 2013. This was the Robert Griffin III era, and Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. 

Yes, the two men know each other. They might even be buddies. Yet, Cousins was never the breadwinner in a Washington Football Team offense with Shanahan. Cousins was the backup signal-caller to Griffin III. He was never an unabashed starting quarterback with Shanahan anywhere.

Because of the Shanahan-Cousins link, is their friendship real? Probably. Does that mean Cousins took his final snap with the Vikings in Week 17 of 2020? Probably not.

Speculation City

Your grandmother could hop onto Twitter tonight and tell folks that the 49ers are interested in Cousins. It might even be believed and mass-tweeted if she had a blue checkmark. That little symbol conveys legitimacy and perhaps a little bit of power.

Let’s be crystal-clear: Massey’s tweet is speculation. No voice inside the Vikings orbit has mentioned discontentment with Cousins as the team’s leader. Those nuggets usually find a way to leak. They haven’t.

Cousins throws 30 touchdowns per season, and that type of passer is not overly prevalent. In fact, the Vikings have sought this type of production since the demise of Daunte Culpepper. With Cousins, they finally have the heralded durability and stability. 

A Cousins swap with San Francisco is hearsay – and hearsay only. Massey could tweet tonight that the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in LeBron James. Why? Because the Grizzlies probably do marvel at his abilities. But he ain’t walking in Memphis.

Then Who Plays QB for MIN?

In theory, Jimmy Garoppolo could end up with the Vikings. Where is the proof that Minnesota actually enjoys his game? The primary disadvantage for Garoppolo is his health – the very attribute that stands Cousins apart from his peers. Garopplolo is routinely hurt, Cousins is not. 

If the Vikings do not want to be saddled with Cousins’ contract any longer (speculation), Garoppolo’s paycheck is not much lighter. He is slated to earn about $25 million per season in 2021 and 2020. His dead cap figure is smaller, to be sure. But why would Minnesota trade for Garoppolo and rush to cut him if he was no good? Then what at quarterback?

The goal is to have a steady and talented quarterback. Cousins is that, year in and year out. Garoppolo kind-of does that – when he isn’t hurt. A Garoppolo-into-Mannion contingency plan will inspire no fear in anybody leaguewide. 

Should Garoppolo not be an element to this gossipy trade ordeal, do the Vikings draft a quarterback at the 14th spot of the 2021 NFL Draft? That is “reach” territory of the draft. On free agents, have fun with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cam Newton, or Joe Flacco. None of those men consistently deliver like Cousins.

The Rams Would Never…

Some folks really, really want this trade-Cousins stuff to be real. It might be – it’s just unlikely. Stranger things have happened, however. Matthew Stafford was not supposed to command a 1st-Round pick – let alone two of them, plus a 3rd-Rounder, plus a franchise quarterback in Jared Goff.

The NFL is odd. Several trades come to fruition as the masses expect. Ones like Stafford-to-Los Angeles or Hopkins-to-Arizona pop up and yank your socks off. A Cousins deal would be stunning – especially to the 49ers – because Garoppolo is a money sucker on the cap, too.

Cousins-to-Garoppolo is a slight downgrade and a slight price reduction. Disallowing Garoppolo into the trade would indicate Rick Spielman is back to square-one for the quarterback position. 

Head coach Mike Zimmer can generally win games without a show stopping quarterback, but jettisoning Cousins for the great unknown is unlikely – even for Zimmer. The 64-year-old Zimmer has to win now after an underwhelming 2020 campaign. Employing a journeyman or rookie to start Week 1 does not add up. Neither does Garoppolo at a likeminded price tag.


Remember, too – Garoppolo has thrown over 10 touchdowns in a season just once in his 7-year career.

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Kyle
Kyle
1 month ago

Only way id be cool with this is if it’s a 3 team trade. 49ers get cousins, we get a bunch of picks, we send a few and some young d guys to the texans in exchange for Watson. Could it be possible?

Don Fenstermacher
Don Fenstermacher
Reply to  Kyle
27 days ago

I like the idea of Watson coming to the Vikings.

Paula
Paula
Reply to  Kyle
27 days ago

It is possible, but it is idiotic. Watson is the second highest paid NFL quarterback. Nobody else would be able to get paid. And, Kirk led the Vikings to a win over Watson and the Texans by two scores and Adam and Justin both had 100+ yards. I’d keep Kirk over trying to get Watson.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Kyle
27 days ago

yes yes and yes, the current offer is two 1’s, two 2’s, and two defensive players. If they have to be young, I’d say Anthony Harris and Anthony Barr. Barr is not young and I hope the Texans will not balk at that but the Jets wanted him a year ago.

Craig
Craig
27 days ago

Vikings be better off , getting an elite WR. To Give Cousin’s another Target and let him Ride out the Contract. No extension please. Do One’s Best with Draft and Free Agency. Really. Zimmer and Spielman. It’s getting towards the End .

Scott
Scott
27 days ago

To each his own, what Rams-Lions has shown us, is that teams wanting to go further in the playoffs need to make sure their QB is playoff ready, SB possible. Staying the course with Zimm and Cousins doesn’t cut it, imo.

Brian Smit
Brian Smit
27 days ago

This will sound crazy and it probably couldn’t ever happen but what if the Vikings traded Cousins to the 49ers for a 1st round pick this year and either a second round pick this year or a first round pick next year. Then we trade one of our third round picks to Carolina for Teddy Bridgewater. Zimmer and nearly everyone in the state of Minnesota loves Teddy and there are reports Carolina wants to move on from him. We use one first round pick on JaMarr Chase if he’s still available and trade the other first round pick for a later first rounder and a second rounder then take the best available guard prospect (Vera-Tucker, Slater or Smith). We sign Everson Griffen in free agency and fill in the depth we need with mid and late round picks. We could also trade out of a few picks this year to stockpile picks for the 2022 draft. People will tear this plan to pieces by making the argument that Teddy isn’t a starting caliber QB but look at the Panther’s roster. Without Christian McCaffrey they don’t have many offensive weapons, nothing like the WMDs the Vikings have. Personally, I think Kirk Cousins has played extremely well for having an O-line that has pass blocked so poorly and I don’t think he deserves the flack he gets from fans and online writers. Having said that, we have a salary cap situation and if we could get two first rounders or even a first and a second rounder for him and get Teddy back for a third rounder, I don’t think the QB production would drop off drastically and we’d save $20 million the next two seasons. I’m interested to read the responses to this post.

Father Time
26 days ago

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Whitey Ford
Whitey Ford
Reply to  Father Time
26 days ago

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