NFL insider thinks Vikings will find a way to keep Kirk Cousins
ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently commented on how hiring Kevin O’Connell as the team’s head coach could lead to the Minnesota Vikings keeping Kirk Cousins.
Even before the Minnesota Vikings decided to hire Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach, one of the biggest decisions for the franchise this offseason was going to be what to do with quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The next few months are likely to bring a ton of reports and rumors about where The cousins will play for the 2022 season. With the hiring of O’Connell, however, some believe the veteran quarterback now has a better chance of returning to Minnesota for at least one more year.
In fact, ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes the arrival of the Vikings’ new head coach could even lead to the team granting Cousins an extension before the start of the 2022 season.
Will Kevin O’Connell want the Minnesota Vikings to keep Kirk Cousins?
Ahead of Sunday’s Pro Bowl (which featured Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, Brian O’Neilland Harrison Smith), Schetter said on ESPN that he believes “Minnesota and Kirk Cousins will find something [this offseason]and maybe offer a restructured contract that adds years to Kirk Cousins and gives the Vikings salary cap relief this offseason, to give them more money to spend on other players.
The main reason behind these thoughts from the ESPN insider has to do with Minnesota’s hiring of O’Connell and the previous working relationship he had with Cousins when the two were members of the Washington Commanders.
It’s certainly possible that O’Connell wants the Vikings to keep their current starting quarterback for the 2022 season. However, that decision likely won’t be up to him.
New Minnesota general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was brought in to fix the team’s current roster and prepare them to be a contender in the future. Adofo-Mensah might not see an extension for a 33-year-old quarterback as something that will allow the Vikings to improve sooner rather than later.
The cousins’ return to Minnesota in 2022 is definitely still possible, especially since he still has a year left on his contract. But no one should think that O’Connell’s expected hiring will keep the Vikings from heeding the veteran quarterback’s trade offers in the coming months.