The Minnesota Vikings’ unique knack for winning close games earned them a playoff bid in 2022. They ultimately squandered it and were upset by the New York Giants, but at least they reigned supreme atop a weak NFC North.
History is not repeating itself this year.
Minnesota is currently 1-4 on the year and can’t win a one-touchdown game to save its life.
As a result, the Vikings are increasingly speeding toward a roster blow-up. All signs now point to Kirk Cousins being traded before the end of this season.
Over the past week, two clear front-runners have emerged for Cousins’s services.
The first is the New York Jets. With Aaron Rodgers shelved and Zach Wilson repeatedly proving he isn’t a starter-level player in the NFL, Robert Saleh’s squad needs stability at quarterback. Cousins could provide that.
If not the Jets, the New England Patriots also make a ton of sense. There was hope that Bill O’Brien’s arrival would fix whatever ailed Mac Jones last season. It hasn’t.
Earlier this week, a report emerged suggesting that head coach Bill Belichick was on the hot seat. He needs to do something, and quickly, if he wants to steer clear of Robert Kraft’s wrath. Acquiring Cousins could be the solution.
The only real problem here is that Cousins has a no-trade clause. This week, reporters asked him about it.