ESPN thinks Kirk Cousins would fit perfectly on a team not named Vikings

Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins
Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins / Hannah Foslien/GettyImages

It's one of the hottest Vikings offseason topics, and you better believe fans would be split on this outcome.

When are Minnesota Vikings fans not split on the quarterback position?

Let's get real, here. Since the arrival of Kirk Cousins, he's been a guy most fans either love or ... love to criticize, in the spirit of not using too strong a term.

This offseason, though, Cousins is a free agent. The topic at hand has included a report that Cousins wants to come back on a multi-year deal, but Minnesota might be unwilling to give him more than a single season back with the Vikings. That, my friends, opens the door for other quarterback-needy teams to swoop in and snag him.

And that's exactly what one insider believes could happen.

ESPN's Matt Bowen put out a piece this week where he predicted the best overall landing spots for this year's top free agents. When it came to Cousins, he did not predict a new deal in Minnesota.

Kirk Cousins won't be re-signing with the Vikings if this prediction rings true.

"The Vikings should be in the mix to re-sign Cousins, but I think he fits really well with Atlanta under new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson (who worked under Sean McVay in Los Angeles). It works well for Cousins in both the play-action and dropback passing game," he wrote.

Bowen went on to note Cousins would greatly benefit from the Falcons' current, young trio of weapons:

"Before tearing his Achilles in Week 8, Cousins was completing 69.5% of his throws and had 18 touchdown passes to five interceptions. He would be an upgrade under center for an Atlanta offense that has plenty of young offensive skill talent in Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Bijan Robinson."

Bowen is right on with his take, and it's a glaringly-easy take to thave. Obviously, Cousins is familiar with a system like Zac Robinson's, having played under Kevin O'Connell, who also coached beneath Sean McVay out in Los Angeles.

Cousins would be a plug-and-play guy in Atlanta, but so would a few other options out there. The Falcons will likely be aggressive in finding their quarterback, especially because they already have so much talent on that side of the ball.

For those Vikings fans that have had enough of Cousins, this generate more of a "good riddance" response. However, the fact of the matter is, Minnesota would be losing out on a top-12 quarterback in most statistical categories over the past several years.