7 realistic QB options for the Vikings to replace Kirk Cousins in 2023

Who could the Minnesota Vikings turn to after losing Kirk Cousins to a serious injury?

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4. Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett seems like the guy NFL teams turn to when they need someone to quickly step in as their starting quarterback. During his career, Brissett has started games for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Cleveland Browns.

He's never been a quarterback known to light up the stat sheet with jaw-dropping numbers, but he's a guy who has shown he can run an offense efficiently and make critical throws when they are needed.

Brissett is currently a member of the Washington Commanders, so the Vikings would likely have to make a trade for him before Tuesday's deadline in order to acquire him. But since he's a 30-year-old backup, a late Day 3 draft pick is probably all it would take for Minnesota to get the Commanders to send him over.

5. Case Keenum

Yeah, that's right (insert Jack Nicholson nodding GIF from "Anger Management"), Case Keenum.

Keenum was super successful as the Vikings starting quarterback in 2017 when helped lead them to the NFC Championship. But since then, he hasn't been able to experience the same amount of success in stints with the Browns, Commanders, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans.

At 35-years-old, Keenum likely isn't going to return to Minnesota and immediately recapture the magic that he had in 2017. But he's worked with Kevin O'Connell in the past (when O'Connell was the offensive coordinator in Washington in 2019), so he's already familiar with some of the concepts the Vikings run in their offense.

Keenum is currently a member of the Texans, so as it would be with Brissett, Minnesota would have to make a trade for him before Tuesday's deadline. But, similar to Brissett as well, the Vikings likely wouldn't have to give up much in order to acquire him from Houston.