7 biggest Vikings questions heading into the 2022 offseason

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Is Kirk Cousins the quarterback moving forward?

If you have been on social media, odds are that you have seen plenty of finger-pointing at Kirk Cousins. That’s understandable since he’s getting paid like one of the top passers in the league but can’t seem to lead his team to success.

Cousins has the eighth-highest average salary among active quarterbacks at $33M per year but is scheduled to have the third-highest salary at $45M for 2022 behind only Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

Kirk Cousins hasn’t been a bad quarterback for the Vikings. Since arriving in Minnesota, he has completed 68.4 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 103 while throwing 121 touchdowns compared to only 36 interceptions.

Moving on from Cousins will be a challenge. Any player he is replaced by will likely be a downgrade and the team would have to either cut him and eat a lot of his salary or try to trade him and still be on the hook for some money.

If Minnesota is blowing things up to get ready for the future, Kirk will likely be gone. However, if the front office and coaching staff still believe they are close to being contenders, expect the Vikings to bite the bullet and pay Cousins.