What Comes After Kirk Cousins for the Vikings at Quarterback?

What Comes After Kirk Cousins for the Vikings at Quarterback?

The Vikings are in need of a new quarterback after Kirk Cousins left the team following six years of service. G.M. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah stated earlier today that the team has multiple contingency plans in place for the quarterback position. It is unclear how many options they will need to explore in order to find a suitable replacement.

Prior to today’s announcement, both Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson made decisions about their futures with other teams, which the Vikings may not have been interested in pursuing. As the day progressed, Gardner Minshew was traded to the Raiders, further limiting the available options for the Vikings.

Among the current options for the Vikings are Ryan Tannehill, Jacoby Brissett, Marcus Mariota, Tyrod Taylor, Sam Darnold, Drew Lock, and potentially Carson Wentz. They could also explore the possibility of trading for a young quarterback like Trey Lance, Justin Fields, or Zach Wilson. In addition, the team still has Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall under contract for the 2024 season.

With $28 million in dead money tied to Cousins for 2024, the Vikings may opt to sign a reasonably-priced veteran and draft a rookie quarterback. The team holds the 11th pick in the upcoming draft, giving them a prime opportunity to select a promising young QB. The Vikings have a complex decision ahead of them as they navigate the unpredictable landscape of the NFL quarterback market.

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