3 quarterback trades that tell us the value of Kirk Cousins

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Recent quarterback trades can tell us a lot about what Kirk Cousins might be worth for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.

If the Minnesota Vikings decide to look into trading their starting quarterback this offseason, they should rest easy knowing that the market will be robust. Several playoff-ready teams are a quarterback away from being dangerous, which is exactly what led the Vikings to sign Cousins in free agency back in 2018.

At a glance, the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Washington Football Team, and Denver Broncos have the pieces in place to compete but do not have stability at quarterback. With Ben Roethlisberger likely hanging it up after this season, they are the team to watch closely in regards to Kirk Cousins.

You cannot place a value on good quarterback play. Contenders – if they want to be taken seriously – will do everything they can to get the right guy to lead them to a playoff run. Minnesota did the same thing just four years ago, and while the results haven’t been what they expected, Cousins has put up solid numbers.

The Vikings would be smart to move Kirk this offseason to clear cap space as they work to revamp the defense. They are quite a ways away from being in the conversation as a contender in the NFC, so they need to get ahead of the rebuild as quickly as possible.

Last offseason showed us just how valuable starting quarterbacks are in the NFL. There were three massive trades that should be used to shape a deal for Cousins in 2022.