5 options at QB if Vikings lose Kirk Cousins to injury in 2020

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Sign free agent Matt Moore

If you as the reader was hoping for a Case Keenum option, this is probably the closest you will get. On Keenum, it’s improbable Mike Zimmer would take a flyer on his playground style a second time. The experiment was a resounding success in 2017, but as a rule of thumb, Zimmer prefers quarterbacks that stay on script and avoid turnovers.

Since migrating away from Minnesota in early 2018, Case has thrown 20 interceptions and fumbled the football 17 times in 26 games. Not exactly Zimmer’s forte.

Insert Matt Moore. The backup to Patrick Mahomes just a season ago is a free agent and he helped the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Vikings just eight months ago. If Minnesota is interested in a Keenum-like run reminiscent of 2017, Moore likely gives the team the most reasonable facsimile to it.

Moore touts a 16-16 career record as a starter, he doesn’t throw gobs on interceptions, and at 35-years-old, he is an experienced journeyman. What’s more, it is plausible his candidacy for this speculative scenario would come at an affordable price.

Given the history of quarterbacks entering a post-2014 Vikings offense, it is rational to expect Moore’s career passer rating of 82.8 could climb into the 90s if he suited up in purple.