RUMOR: Kirk Cousins would prefer to play for the Minnesota Vikings

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kirk Cousins /

The Minnesota Vikings’ radio play-by-play announcer reportedly received a text message regarding the quarterback’s free agency interests.

Last week, when the Minnesota Vikings were still attempting to get over their disappointing loss in the NFC Championship, the reality of the offseason getting under way was something that could not be ignored. One of the Vikings’ priorities for the current offseason is to figure out who the team’s starting quarterback will be for the 2018 season.

It has been believed for quite some time now that one of Minnesota’s 2017 quarterbacks (Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, or Teddy Bridgewater) would likely return as the team’s starter next season. But recently, this scenario seems to be drifting further from a guarantee.

Especially after Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. With the trade, the Redskins have presumedly moved on from former quarterback Kirk Cousins and he will now get to find a new team through free agency.

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Since the deal on Tuesday, the chance of Cousins landing with the Vikings has certainly picked up some steam. On Friday, someone very close to the team received quite the intriguing text message regarding the quarterback.

According to KFAN Minnesota Sports Radio’s Aj Mansour, current Vikings radio play-by-play announcer, Paul Allen, received a text from someone referred to as, “a legit source.” The message said the following:

"“Listening to you, I’m told Cousins has been telling people this week the Vikings are #1 with a bullet on his preference list. If offers are similar he’s taking the Vikings.”"

If this is indeed true, Minnesota could be making a splash in free agency this year.

In terms of how valid Allen’s information may be, that remains to be seen. But the Vikings appear to at least be in the running to sign Cousins this offseason.

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How much money that may take to actually happen is something that will have to wait until March.