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

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Jacoby Brissett
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Trade for Jacoby Brissett

Philip Rivers and his humongous family packed their bags and moved to Indiana this year. That left Jacoby Brissett supplanted of a starting quarterback job (most likely, anyway).

Brissett was shoved into a starting role seemingly overnight when Andrew Luck decided, on the night of a preseason game last year, that he was done with football.

Brissett, a North Carolina State alumni like Rivers, proved to be a decent starting quarterback in Luck’s absence. He tossed a Teddy Bridgewater-like 18 touchdowns in 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts last season. He also only threw six interceptions, a nugget that could entice the Vikings.

ESPN tabulated Brissett at a 50.1 QBR in 2019 which was better than now-teammate Philip Rivers, Jared Goff, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Mitchell Trubisky.

Minnesota’s front office would need to get inventive with his 2020 cap hit and subsequent trade components. But much of his 2020 salary is already dead cap and he will be an unrestricted free agent in March 2021. This implies the Colts may be more apt to listen to trade chatter.

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Brissett, if available, would be the smartest move to keep a contending Vikings team afloat.