5 teams that could trade for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in 2023

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New York Jets

There are a lot of people that believe that Aaron Rodgers will be starting for the Jets next season, and there are even more that believe that Derek Carr is a fine backup plan. But if those plans fall through, the Jets could be looking for another veteran quarterback, and that could mean taking a look at Kirk Cousins.

Like the 49ers, the Jets could be considered a team that’s a quarterback away from being a contender. They have elite weapons in Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall and a defense that features 2022 Defensive Rookie of the Year Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh could be familiar with Shanahan’s love for Cousins after serving as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator from 2017 to 20, and it’s possible he could use Cousins to jump-start an offense that ranked 25th in total offense and 29th in points scored last season.

A deal would still have to make sense for the Vikings, but with the 13th overall pick, the Jets could acquire Cousins for less than they would have had to give up to get Rodgers and pay less in an extension than they would have had to give to Carr. With the Jets desperate for a quarterback, it’s not crazy to think they would give up more than they should to get Cousins.