Green Bay Packers rival quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings is back on the trade block with just a couple of weeks to go until the NFL trade deadline. At 1-4 on the year, Cousins is in the final year of his contract. He is 35 years old, and it appears as if the Vikings have no intentions of giving him a contract extension at the end of the season.
So far in 2023, he has completed 67.2% of his passes for 1,498 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Kirk Cousins has not been the reason why the Vikings are 1-4 this season. They won a lot of one-possession games last season and went 13-4 and won the NFC North because of it. It is totally different in 2023. The next game for the Minnesota Vikings will be on the road on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. They will be without wide receiver Justin Jefferson for the next few games due to a hamstring injury.
There will be a few suitors for Kirk Cousins. Who are some of the teams that can trade for him and how can this affect the Green Bay Packers in any way?
The Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers Will Face Each Other on Sunday, October 29, and it could be the last game Kirk Cousins Plays in a Vikings uniform
The week 8 matchup between the Vikings and the Packers can be the last game that Cousins plays in a Vikings uniform. It is going to be interesting to see if he will even be in a Minnesota uniform by then because there will be some teams that can use his services right now.
Kirk Cousins is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. If he was traded before the Green Bay game, Nick Mullens is the current backup quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. What this could also signal for the Packers’ rival is that they could be tanking for quarterbacks like Caleb Williams of USC and Drake Maye of North Carolina.
The Green Bay Packers are a better football team than the Minnesota Vikings are this season. They should beat them either with Kirk Cousins or without him.
New York Jets Seem to Be the Top Team to Potentially Land Cousins
The number one team that can very well land Cousins is the New York Jets. Zach Wilson has not played great, and the Jets are 2-3 this season and are trying to make the playoffs. Head coach Robert Saleh is also trying to save his job. They have solid pieces on offense, with Breece Hall in the backfield and Garrett Wilson Jr. at the wide receiver position.
The New York Jets also have an elite defense. This is something that the Minnesota Vikings don’t have.
The Atlanta Falcons are 3-2 on the year, and they need better quarterback play from Desmond Ridder. Yes, he has thrown for 1,073 yards, but has only thrown for four touchdowns and has thrown three interceptions. He has completed 65.4% of his passes. They will be in the hunt in the NFC South for the division crown. Atlanta has talented players on offense like Bijan Robinson, Tyler Allegier, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts.
Arthur Smith is an offensive-minded head coach, and they can use more of a passing game in their offense. Cousins would be a perfect fit for this offense, and they can very well compete with the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the division crown.