This is what the Vikings’ asking price should be to trade Kirk Cousins

(Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins /

Speculation about the Minnesota Vikings trading quarterback Kirk Cousins has picked up a bunch of steam during the last few days. At this point, it’s nothing more than a bunch of smoke. But it’s still something to keep an eye on as the offseason moves forward.

Currently, many that are close to the Vikings do not believe the team is looking to move on from Cousins this year. But no one expected Minnesota to pull the trigger on a Stefon Diggs trade last offseason, so nothing is a guarantee as long as Rick Spielman is the team’s general manager.

Basically, it sounds like the Vikings are fine with rolling with Cousins as their starting quarterback for next season unless someone presents them with a trade offer this year that ends up being too good to decline.

What might be an offer that would cause the Minnesota Vikings to trade Kirk Cousins?

This past weekend, the Detroit Lions agreed to trade veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two future first-round draft picks, and a third-round selection in this year’s draft.

So if the Lions were able to get two first-round picks in exchange for Stafford, what might Minnesota be able to get in a deal involving Cousins?

Since the Vikings are not heading into a rebuild and they’re not desperate to get rid of their current starting quarterback, they should be letting the teams interested in making a trade know that it will take at least two first-round draft selections to agree to any sort of deal that sends Cousins packing.

With what the Lions were able to get back in the Stafford trade, there is no reason for Minnesota to not seek a pair of first-round picks in exchange for their starting signal-caller.

One of these first-round selections must also be from this year’s draft. This way, the Vikings have the ammo to move up in the draft if they have their eyes on a young quarterback prospect.

Since Minnesota isn’t desperate to make a change under center this year, any trade that results in Cousins leaving would have to include a return package that allows them to find their quarterback of the future.

These rumors about the Vikings signal-caller probably aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so just buckle up, grab some popcorn, and get ready for what could potentially be a crazy offseason for the purple and gold.