Is trading Kirk Cousins a possibility for the Vikings?
By Adam Patrick
Can the Vikings trade Cousins in 2020?
The chance of the Vikings trading or releasing Kirk Cousins before the end of the current season is extremely low and even the people who want him off the team are pretty aware of this.
Minnesota just signed Cousins to a new, two-year extension earlier this offseason that includes an additional $31 million in fully guaranteed money on top of the $84 million the Vikings had already fully guaranteed to him when he joined the team in back in 2018.
If Minnesota were to cut their starting quarterback before the end of the 2020 season, it would result in the team losing $21 million in their current cap space in addition to dealing with $62 million in dead cap until the end of the 2021 season.
The Vikings currently have less than $1.5 million in cap space, so releasing Cousins this year isn’t even a legitimate possibility.
What about trading him this year? What would Minnesota’s salary cap situation look like if they were able to find someone willing to deal for Cousins before the end of the current season?
If the Vikings were somehow able to trade the veteran quarterback this year, it would free up $10 million in cap space and result in $31 million in dead cap until 2022.
While it’s a scenario that’s more likely to happen than Cousins getting released, the chance of Minnesosta trading him this season is still very low. Mostly because the Vikings would probably have a hard time finding a trade partner who is willing to take on the quarterback’s current contract.
Chance Cousins is traded in 2020?: Less than one percent