Among some of the most notable Minnesota Vikings rumors, people close to Kirk Cousins reportedly believe he will get another extension in 2023.
With the 2023 offseason now underway, the Minnesota Vikings have a number of important decisions to make when it comes to figuring out the direction of the franchise. Deciding how much longer the Vikings want to continue with Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback is certainly one of the biggest decisions they’ll have to make during the next few months.
Currently, Cousins only has one year remaining on his contract with Minnesota, and he’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2024. The Vikings’ cap situation isn’t looking that great for this offseason, and if they want to create some much-needed space, extending their veteran quarterback might be a possibility.
A new contract extension from Minnesota is something that is apparently being expected by some who have a close relationship with Cousins, this according to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson on Thursday’s episode of “Mackey & Judd”, who shared that “there are people close to Kirk, fully anticipating an extension coming before next season.”
Vikings Rumors: Is extending Kirk Cousins again a good idea for Minnesota?
In terms of team success, Cousins is coming off the best season in his entire NFL career, with the Vikings winning 13 games and finishing as the NFC North champions.
However, he did see a bit of a dip in his personal statistics in 2022. In Minnesota’s 17 games, Cousins set a new single-season career-high with 14 interceptions, his completion percentage was the lowest it has been since 2017, his passer rating was his lowest since 2014, and his QBR was the lowest it has been for him since 2013.
Cousins will also be turning 35 later this year. No quarterback since 2011, other than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, has led their team to an appearance in the Super Bowl at the age of 35 or older. This might be tough for some to hear, but Cousins is not a Manning or a Brady-type of quarterback.
So should the Vikings give their veteran quarterback another extension this offseason, or should they just let the final year of his contract play out and see how he performs in 2023?
Cousins isn’t getting any younger, so at the very least, Minnesota should already be thinking about a replacement plan. Whether that plan is put into action this offseason, in 2024, or in 2025 is up to the Vikings to figure out.