Where does that leave the Vikings?
Kirk Cousins is certainly a good enough quarterback to trust for another season, but the Vikings are staring down a tight salary cap already. If the opportunity presents itself, they need to trade Kirk for a package that will likely feature a first-round pick.
While a first-round pick would be enticing, they should also push for a bit more in any deal that comes their way. Minnesota could get another starting-level player, or more draft picks if they find the right team for Cousins.
Teams like the Broncos could offer up a quarterback, or additional draft picks in order to secure their quarterback that can push the team over the top. For Denver, a package of Drew Lock, a first-round pick, and Jerry Jeudy would be very, very exciting.
Miami could offer up their first-round pick and Tua Tagovailoa if they believe Cousins could get them over the hump while the roster is still intact. The Vikings could also look at the Steelers, Panthers, or Browns to take Cousins for a plethora of draft picks.
Recent history plays into Minnesota’s favor as they look to clear some cap space and build for the future. A Kirk Cousins trade would be very beneficial if they go that route in 2022.