Former Vikings GM shares brutally honest prediction about Kirk Cousins

Former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman
Former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman / Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman recently offered his thoughts on his old team's current situation with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Back in 2018, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was able to convince free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to join the purple and gold.

With Cousins, Spielman and the Vikings were hoping the veteran signal-caller would be the final piece to help the team get over the hump to win the franchise its very first Super Bowl.

Well, that hasn't happened during Cousins's six seasons in Minnesota, and now he's currently scheduled to become a free agent in March for the first time since 2018. Spielman, who was fired by the Vikings in 2022, recently shared how he thinks his old team will approach their current situation with the free-agent quarterback.

Rick Spielman believes Minnesota Vikings will let Kirk Cousins test free agency

Spielman hasn't talked too much about Minnesota since his departure from the franchise, but during a recent appearance on SiriusXM's NFL Radio, he threw his thoughts into the ongoing discussion about Cousins' uncertain future with the Vikings.

"I don’t know if he will get that fully guaranteed contract. He may want that, but you've got a [35-year-old] quarterback coming off an Achilles [injury].

If Minnesota is not going [give him] that, which I don’t believe they will do that, then they’ll go ahead and let him get to the open market to see if anyone will give him a two or three-year fully guaranteed contract."

It's incredibly interesting to hear these comments from Spielman, as even he seems to realize that Cousins' tenure with the Vikings is closer to the end than it's ever been since he arrived in 2018.

Recently, a report from Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer was shared about Minnesota not being willing to give the quarterback a fully guaranteed contract in order to retain him this offseason. If this is a requirement for Cousins to sign, then he's probably going to see what he can get elsewhere.

The veteran quarterback should have plenty of interest from other teams around the NFL if the Vikings actually do let him hit the free-agent market. But the question still remains whether or not a team will give Cousins the type of deal with fully guaranteed money that he is reportedly looking for.