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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6. Carson Wentz

Despite starting in over 90 games since he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz is currently without a team this season.

Wentz's teams having a 14-21-1 record since 2020 when he starts under center probably has something to do with him still being unsigned. But in terms of talent that is available in the current free-agent market, Wentz easily has the most of anyone.

Wentz is someone the Vikings would probably bring in if they still wanted to make a push toward getting into the playoffs. Of the realistic replacement options for Kirk Cousins that Minnesota currently has to choose from, Wentz is one that could likely give them the best shot at still qualifying for the 2023 postseason.

Given his lack of recent success as a starter, however, that might actually say more about the lack of quarterback talent the Vikings have to choose from right now.

7. Jordan Ta'amu

Before Minnesota finalized their roster for the 2023 regular season, Jordan Ta'amu was one of the quarterbacks waiting to see if he was going to be part of the team's final 53.

A former XFL and USFL quarterback, Ta'amu was brought in before the Vikings' final preseason game to allow Nick Mullens to sit out of the matchup and avoid getting injured. So he didn't have much time to impress Minnesota, but he could certainly be someone the team brings back with Cousins now out of action.

The Vikings liked him enough to keep him on the roster earlier this year, so it wouldn't be shocking if he's a guy the team is thinking about calling in the near future.