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Minnesota Vikings Next QB Odds: Will Kirk Cousins Move On?

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

Adam Thompson  | 3 mins

Minnesota Vikings Next QB Odds: Will Kirk Cousins Move On?

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Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins had 33 TDs and seven INTs in 2021. His QB rating of 103.1 ranked fourth, behind only Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford. His rating the two previous seasons was at 105 and 107.

And yet, in his four seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings have won more than eight games just once. It’s hard to argue Cousins is the problem, but wins are often considered a QB stat.

Cousins is also owed $35 million for 2022 with a cap hit of $45 million before becoming a free agent in 2023. With a new general manager and a new head coach coming into the fold following a final underachieving season from Mike Zimmer, will the Vikings stick with Cousins one more year?

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his projected NFL odds for the Vikings’ 2022 Week 1 quarterback:

Vikings Week 1 QB Odds

Kirk Cousins-400
Russell Wilson+550
Derek Carr+700
Baker Mayfield+950
Jimmy Garoppolo+3000
Any Rookie QB+3800
Kellen Mond+4000

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When it’s all said and done, it’s possible Cousins is the best option for the Vikings. He threw a semi-modest 33 TDs last season but with only seven INTs with a 66.3 completion percentage. He also engineered four game-winning drives.

That isn’t a ton of TDs for a QB that is tied for the largest salary in the NFL (tied with Deshaun Watson – ouch) and the third-largest cap hit (behind Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers). That said, it appears the Vikings are content with riding with Kirk for one more season.

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Acquiring Russell Wilson could spark the franchise. The Seahawks went 6-8, the first losing season in 10 years. Wilson’s career record is 104-53 and in the last four seasons he’s thrown 131 TDs to 31 INTs. Neither team is publicly talking about imminent trades, but if they are, this might be a best-case scenario for both sides.

The stats between Cousins and Raiders QB Derek Carr are very similar. This trade works if both sides believe a change of scenery is the key to each taking that next step. If neither are available and Minnesota is intent on moving on, Baker Mayfield could be the next-best option via the trade market.

If the Vikings go the QB route at No. 12 in the 2022 NFL Draft, as some mock drafts and NFL betting fans believe, it is likely as an heir apparent and not for the coming season.

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.
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