New information from his extension negotiations appears to indicate that Kirk Cousins will not be a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2024.
Earlier this month, when it was reported that the Minnesota Vikings had executed a cap conversion to the contract of Kirk Cousins, some felt that it was a sign that the team is preparing to move on from the quarterback sooner than later.
Now, new information about the extension negotiations between Cousins and the Vikings seems to continue to point to the team and the quarterback ending their relationship in the near future.
Kirk Cousins reportedly “wasn’t asking for much” from the Minnesota Vikings
According to the Star Tribune’s Andrew Krammer on a recent episode of the “Access Vikings” podcast, Cousins wasn’t exactly looking to break the bank with a new extension from Minnesota this year.
"“He wasn’t asking for [$40 million per year]. He wasn’t asking for that much in terms of what [New York Giants quarterback] Daniel Jones got, who is obviously much younger, but much less accomplished.Cousins’ camp was kind of surprised, from what I heard, at the Vikings not jumping, or at least accepting more of what they were asking for [in an extension for Cousins].”"
Of course, there is still a possibility that Cousins could remain with the Vikings after the 2023 season when his current contract expires. A lot can happen between now and then.
However, based on the decision made by Minnesota not to offer the quarterback a new extension to create cap space, and based on this report from Krammer that Cousins wasn’t exactly playing hardball in negotiations, the chances currently seem high that the team is looking to move on from the veteran signal-caller in 2024.
An even bigger indicator of moving on from Cousins after the 2023 season being in the Vikings’ current plans will be whether or not the team decides to select a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft.
If Minnesota uses a Day 2 or a Day 3 pick on a young passing prospect, then the chances of Cousins sticking around past 2023 are probably pretty good.
But if the Vikings use a Day 1 selection (first round) on a quarterback this year, the Kirk Cousins era in Minnesota will likely come to an end after the 2023 season.