Vikings: Rick Spielman continues to defiantly defend Kirk Cousins

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At this point, Rick Spielman has to be tired of being asked if he’ll trade Kirk Cousins.

If you want to stop a rumor, go right to the source. That’s what reporters are trying to figure out with Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings in 2021.

The Vikings general manager once again downplayed the report that the team could be willing to shop quarterback Kirk Cousins for a decent haul this offseason. Although some would believe Minnesota needs an upgrade under center, Spielman has politely disagreed.

“Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” Spielman told reporters on Wednesday. “We felt that he played very well, probably the best that he’s ever played, down that stretch last year.

“Kirk is our quarterback going forward, and I look forward to him [having] another year in this system. I’m excited for him and what he’s going to bring to our team next year.”

Is Spielman doing the right thing keeping Cousins?

There’s certainly a reason why Cousins would be moved. The Vikings’ offense was inconsistent in 2020 despite having a rising star in Justin Jefferson and a top-five running back in Dalvin Cook.

Some blame Cousins for the faults in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The real problem? His offensive line and the defense.

Cousins, who signed a two-year extension worth $66 million last March, will play on a $21 million base salary for the upcoming season. With a no-trade clause now in effect, moving his contract would be much more plausible than if the Vikings don’t believe he can get over the hump.

Should he be on the roster by March 17th of the 2021 season, Minnesota will owe Cousins a $35 million base salary in 2022. Reports have fluttered that a reunion in Kyle Shanahan would fit as his success with the now-Washington Football Team began under his offensive play-calling.

With the Vikings picking 14th in the 2021 NFL Draft, they could take a top quarterback prospect should they believe he is better than Cousins. However, the 32-year-old threw a career-best 35 touchdowns in 2020. Minnesota also needs to upgrade its pass rush and offensive line in multiple areas.

A team would have to offer a hefty price for Minnesota to moves Cousins at this point. Fans might as well call Spielman Nick Saban for his comments on trading the veteran gunslinger.

He’s not going to, so quit asking.

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