Kirk Cousins not expected to get another one-year extension from Vikings in 2023

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

When it comes to the future of Kirk Cousins with the Minnesota Vikings, the two sides agreeing to another one-year extension this offseason is not expected.

It’s a different offseason, but the Minnesota Vikings still have the same question to answer when it comes to their future with Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback. How much longer do the Vikings want to continue with Cousins as their starter?

The veteran quarterback currently has one year remaining on his contract with Minnesota. For a team that needs to clear up cap space sooner than later, the Vikings could potentially sign Cousins to an extension this offseason that will lower his cap hit for 2023, which is currently set at $36.25 million.

However, Minnesota could also decide to begin the process of moving on from Cousins as their starter, and they could just let him ride out the final year of his current contract. What will the Vikings end up doing?

Another one-year extension not expected for Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

There has definitely been plenty of speculation about what Minnesota will end up doing with Cousins this offseason. Recently, NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro, someone with plenty of Vikings sources inside and outside of the organization, got in on the Cousins speculation.

Peliserro recently said the following about Minnesota’s plans for their current starting quarterback.

"“I would not anticipate that there’s another one-year extension [for Cousins]. Either the Vikings and Kirk Cousins do a long-term extension that locks him up as their franchise quarterback, or potentially they keep their options open and let Cousins play out this existing deal.”"

So it sounds like it’s basically a long-term contract or bust for Cousins this offseason if Minnesota wants him to remain with the team past 2023.

With another one-year extension unlikely, the possibility of the Vikings just letting Cousins ride out the final season of his contract seems very legitimate, especially with the veteran quarterback turning 35-years-old in August.

While the initial cap relief of a new deal could help in 2023, does Minnesota want to give a multi-year extension to a player that is inching near the end of his career in the NFL? Or do they want to begin to take the necessary steps to find a new starting quarterback to lead their franchise?

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