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

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Carolina Panthers

Remember when we talked about the Colts’ veteran quarterback carousel? The mastermind behind that process is now in Carolina as Frank Reich was hired as head coach of the Panthers last month.

The quarterback position is one of Reich’s first orders of business in Carolina as the Panthers have trotted out Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, and P.J. Walker over the past two seasons. While the Panthers could hope that one of the top quarterback prospects slide to them with the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft, they could get desperate if Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, and Will Levis are all off the board.

That could lead to a phone call to the Vikings, who could offer Cousins as an answer to their problems. With his consistent track record, Cousins could at least provide steady play at the position and buy time for the Panthers to find their quarterback of the future in 2024 or ride Cousins until he goes off the age cliff.

With the NFC South wide open, Cousins could be the quarterback Carolina needs to compete. It’s just a matter of how much the Panthers would be willing to give up to make that happen.