Kirk Cousins comments on uncertain future with Vikings heading into 2024

Have we already seen the last of Kirk Cousins in a Minnesota Vikings uniform?

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Before the 2023 NFL season even began, some were already wondering if Kirk Cousins was in the final year of his tenure as the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, given that his contract will expire in 2024.

But then came Minnesota's Week 8 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, a game that Cousins was unable to finish after tearing his Achilles in the fourth quarter.

If he were able to remain healthy for all of the 2023 season, then he was likely going to score another lucrative contract from the Vikings or another team during the 2024 offseason. But now that he's a 35-year-old quarterback coming off of an Achilles injury, fewer teams are probably going to be interested in signing him to a contract in 2024 that is full of the guaranteed money that he likely desires.

Kirk Cousins says he would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings after the 2023 season

During a recent appearance on "The Adam Schefter Podcast", Cousins was asked about what's currently going through his mind whenever he thinks about his future in the NFL.

Here's how Cousins answered that question.

"Yeah, I mean, I would love to be back in Minnesota. Hopefully, we can make that happen. [This] tends to be more of a February, March conversation, and this is more, right now, about just finishing the football season and trying to help [the Vikings] get to the playoffs and then stay in the playoffs and just [offer] support any way I can."

Currently, has Cousins' market value being worth an average annual salary of $39.6 million. That seems a little high for an older quarterback coming off an Achilles injury, so PFF's recent contract projection for Cousins in 2024 of two years for $60 million seems a little more believable.

With Minnesota unlikely to finish this season with a record that will result in them getting a top-10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, in addition to none of their backup quarterbacks doing enough to be considered a starter next year, the chances of Cousins returning to the Vikings in 2024 seem fairly high.

In the end, it will likely just come down to how much money the quarterback wants. Minnesota will probably present him with a fair offer, but if Cousins is looking to break the bank one final time in his NFL career, then his time with the Vikings might come to an end.

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