Vikings’ Kwesi Adofo-Mensah calls Kirk Cousins ​​a ‘good QB’ but ‘isn’t Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes’

When the Minnesota Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager, they did so with confidence that he could take them to the podium to hoist a Lombardi Trophy in the near future. The 40-year-old wasted no time building/reforming the roster in a way he believes gives the Vikings the best chance of winning and, although much to the chagrin of some outside the organization, that included putting more money on the table for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins, who had already signed a then-historic fully guaranteed deal (the first of its kind) to join the Vikings in 2018, was handed a one-year, $35 million deal this offseason that is fully guaranteed again, keeping him at the trailer through the 2023 season. There were rumors that Cousins’ time in Minnesota was coming to an end, but not so much.

And, for his part, Adofo-Mensah explains the decision to keep the three-time Pro Bowler in purple and white.

“I’ll be upfront,” he told USA Today ahead of 2022 training camp. “The only asset you get nervous about not burning it is the quarterback.”

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a new general manager is taking a break before dumping his starting QB because, after all, it’s literally the most important job in the sport. And while Cousins ​​is often maligned for failing to bring the Vikings back to the promised land in February, he’s still able to pull off the numbers… even if they’re not entirely the downfield type. So yes, Adofo-Mensah considers Cousins ​​a “good quarterback” in the NFL but, without attempting to throw shade in his QB’s direction, while also admitting what many should consider as blatantly obvious.

“We don’t have Tom Brady,” Adofo-Mensah said, and “We don’t have Pat[rick] Mahomes. “[The Super Bowl] is more likely to win if you have that quarterback. It’s very unlikely to get that quarterback.”

It’s actually a refreshing position, insofar as it’s true, when you see the odds of a team getting their hands on generational talent like Mahomes or their QB helping them to six Super Bowl wins in one city and a seventh in another (Hello Tom). But if you’re asking if Adofo-Mensah thinks Cousins ​​can do the job, even if it’s not at the level of the aforementioned Mahomes and Brady?

Yes, he does, and he’s not the only one standing on that hill — the other being former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber. Leber recently said the main reason for Cousins’ struggles was that former head coach Mike Zimmer had a problem with him, in that he didn’t like his own quarterback.

“I think he’s finally going to flourish, really flourish, in a system and a coach that really respects him,” Leber said recently. “I mean, it’s not like I’m not announcing here that Mike Zimmer doesn’t like Kirk Cousins. And I think it showed in the way Kirk behaved and the way he The team was never given to him, or he was never allowed to gain the trust of the team, because the head coach, I think, just didn’t like him .”

New head coach Kevin O’Connell is now tasked with proving Leber and Adofo-Mensah right – along with Cousins ​​himself.

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