5 Minnesota Vikings who are living on borrowed time

(Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) Mike Zimmer
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Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings have quite the conundrum on their hands with Kirk Cousins. It’s been another impressive year from a statistical standpoint from the veteran quarterback, but distractions away from the gridiron and a failure to come through in big moments cast further doubts as to his long-term future with the franchise.

Cousins might well be around in 2022 thanks to his phenomenal salary-cap hit of $45 million, according to Spotrac. The former Michigan State star might not ever have the capabilities to reach the Super Bowl, but there are far worse options starting across the league right now.

What happens with Mike Zimmer could play a factor in Cousins’ future. The Vikings might be forced to choose between one or the other, and even if a new head coach comes in, they are sure to possess different ideas about who should be manning the plate under center.

Finding a trade partner for Cousins would be difficult given the finances involved. However, it’s not impossible, and if Minnesota is entering a rebuild in the post-Zimmer era, then acquiring additional draft capital should be discussed.

This is just one of many storylines of interest to watch this offseason for the Vikings. In Cousins’ case, what comes next is going to have significant ramifications for the team one way or another.