With the Minnesota Vikings beginning the 2023 season by losing each of their first three games, some speculated that the team could be interested in sending quarterback Kirk Cousins elsewhere before this year's trade deadline on October 31st.
Well, according to The Athletic's Diana Russini on Sunday, the Vikings currently "have no plans" of trading Cousins to another team this season.
After Minnesota was also able to earn their first victory of the season on Sunday, Cousins remaining with the Vikings for the rest of the 2023 campaign seems even more believable.
Is there any chance that Minnesota could have a change of heart if they are unable to fully turn things around and get back in the playoff hunt?
Well, with two of their next three games against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, there's a legitimate chance that the Vikings could enter their Week 8 matchup against the Green Bay Packers on October 29th with a 2-5 record.
Let's just say Minnesota loses that game to the Packers too, and their record drops to 2-6. If this happens, then perhaps we could see the Vikings make multiple veteran players on their current roster, including Cousins, available to be acquired before this year's trade deadline on October 31st.
Of course, the Minnesota quarterback can veto any potential deal that would send him to another team this season, as he has a no-trade clause in his current contract. Cousins might have even already made a decision that he's not going to agree to any trade this year, and he's just going to remain with the Vikings for the rest of the season, regardless of their level of success.
We're now about a month away from this year's trade deadline, and as of right now, Minnesota seems more likely to stick with their current starting quarterback than move on from him in the middle of the season.