Kirk Cousins ​​to Broncos is close to an annual discussion

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Welcome to the Kirk Cousins ​​Experience.

Annually, Kirk Cousins ​​earns $33 million per season, which ranks the Minnesota Vikings quarterback as the eighth highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. Two years ago, in 2020, Cousins’ contract was extended, lowering his salary cap to $21 million in the first year (the COVID-reduced cap season) and raising his salary cap to $45 million in 2022.

Come what may, Cousins ​​will be paid the full $97 million for 2020, 2021 and 2022. The fights for $45 million for 2022 are all about how the numbers hit the ledger.

Because the $45 million is so astronomical — and remember, Cousins ​​is already controversial — to begin with, the Vikings could explore trading the man this offseason.

Kirk Cousins ​​and Mike Zimmer

Like clockwork, the Denver Broncos are a logical destination. Alex Kay from Bleacher Report he’s already laid out what a Cousins ​​trade would look like, giving Minnesota a first- and seventh-round pick for the 33-year-old. Kay wrote:

“The pick, along with the club’s first-round pick, would allow Minnesota to select a potential franchise quarterback or at least give the Vikings enough capital to move up the board and land their player. It would also bring the Broncos their first top quarterback since Peyton Manning, giving the franchise real hope of competing again at a fair price.”

And this Cousins-to-Denver idea is clockwork because Denver is routinely on the Cousins-related agenda. During Cousins’ first free-agent scouting in 2018, Denver was among the organizations pursuing the then-Washington Football Teamer. ESPN published a comprehensive article in 2018 called destiny cousins at their possible landing sites. Denver was on the list.

Then, a little honeymoon began when Cousins’ Vikings won an impressive playoff game as underdogs in 2019. Cousins ​​threw a jump ball to tight end Kyle Rudolph to leave the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 NFC Wildcard game. In the immediacy of that play, Cousins ​​was going nowhere; in fact, it was extended.

But a year later, as Denver began to realize Drew Lock probably wouldn’t be the next big thing, Cousins ​​was linked to the Broncos in January 2021. Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts, until now a expensive and unsuccessful experiment, and the rumors decided that Cousins ​​could end up in Colorado. He was not traded and remained with the Vikings for an 8–9 season in which Cousins ​​had 34 total touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Vikings defending he finished second to last in the NFL in yards allowed, which ensured that head coach Mike Zimmer was fired on Black Monday.

Unsurprisingly, though, Vikings fans and NFL pundits will do it all over again. Soon, Minnesota will have a new general manager, and that man or woman could opt for a Cousins ​​trade. The Broncos, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, need a quarterback since Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock didn’t drag Denver to the playoffs. Also, general manager George Paton, who has ties to Minnesota, probably wants “his” quarterback after the Bridgewater-Lock audition.

Insert primes.

If Denver strikes out in the theoretical draft of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, a new Broncos captain could likely win with a man who possesses Cousins’ ability to religiously produce 4,000-yard, 30-plus-touchdown seasons. . Most teams can.

But not the Vikings, obviously.

And that’s why the almost annual custom of linking Cousins ​​to Denver will intensify over the next 12 weeks.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh Y Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking hobby dates back to 1996. He listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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