Former Minnesota Vikings defender Jared Allen doesn't believe his former team should pay Kirk Cousins in 2024 with the quarterback coming off of a torn Achilles.
In a few months, the Minnesota Vikings will have to make a very important decision that could have a tremendous impact on the future of the franchise. The Vikings have to decide whether they will re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins or let him sign with another team when the 2024 free-agency period begins next March.
It's certainly not going to be an easy choice for Minnesota to make. Especially with how well Cousins was playing this season before tearing his Achilles in Week 8.
Former Vikings All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen was recently asked about his old team's quarterback situation, and unsurprisingly, he didn't hold back with his answer.
Jared Allen says the Minnesota Vikings can't pay Kirk Cousins after he tore his Achilles
During a recent appearance on FanDuel's "Up & Adams" show with Kay Adams, Allen was asked what Minnesota should do with Cousins after this season.
At first, the former Vikings pass rusher attempted to dance around giving a definitive answer. But once he found out Cousins is currently in the last year of his contract, then Allen shared his true thoughts on the subject.
"You can't pay him. It's a no-brainer. You can't pay him. Sorry, Kirk. Nothing personal. Nothing personal at all.
If I'm [Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah], what are you going to have to pay him? 25, 30 million a year to come back on a torn Achilles? And then you're tied up?
Can't do it, sorry. The ride's done."
Allen's comments probably aren't what some Minnesota fans wanted to hear from the former defensive end. But what he said about Cousins shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, as Allen has never been one who has been known to really keep his true feelings bottled up.
Will the Vikings end up agreeing with Allen and let Cousins walk in free agency next year? Or will Minnesota end up re-signing a 35-year-old quarterback coming off of a torn Achilles to another lucrative contract?
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