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Kirk Cousins Next Team Odds: Will Vikings Keep Him?

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

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Kirk Cousins Next Team Odds: Will Vikings Keep Him?

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No quarterback has thrown for more yards or more touchdowns through three weeks than Kirk Cousins. The Minnesota Vikings’ results haven’t followed. 

Despite Cousins’ efforts, Minnesota enters Week 4 winless. The season is getting away from the Vikings, and Cousins is in the final year of his contract. Starting quarterbacks don’t get traded mid-season in the NFL. Cousins could be the exception to the rule: A Pro Bowler on an expiring contract on a team on the brink of a rebuild. 

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson breaks down the landscape and reveals his NFL odds for the Cousins’ team by Week 9 – days after the trade deadline.

Kirk Cousins' Next Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Minnesota Vikings-15060.0%
New York Jets+30025.0%
Tennessee Titans+55015.4%
Chicago Bears+10009.1%
The Field+85010.5%

These odds are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.

The Vikings On Kirk Cousins' Trade

Cousins tossed an interception in the final attempted rally of Minnesota’s 28-24 home loss to the Chargers in Week 3. It put a spotlight on the QB, but the Vikings as a whole are struggling. 

The run game ranks 31st, the defense is 26th in yards and points allowed. The Vikings play the winless Panthers and Bears, but also the Chiefs and 49ers. If Minnesota is 2-5 or worse at that point, it may choose to jettison Cousins for draft capital. 

Teams with playoff goals but question marks at quarterback, perhaps the most important position in sports, may make the unique move of trading for a new starting QB for the stretch run. 

Where Will Kirk Cousins Play Next? 

The New York Jets highlight the possibilities. The Jets had a proactive off-season, building upon a top-10 defense before acquiring Aaron Rodgers in a strong statement that the J-E-T-S were serious about winning a championship. 

Then Rodgers went down just four snaps into the 2023 season, his season over before it started. Zach Wilson took the reins and led the Jets to an unlikely upset of the Buffalo Bills. Since then, however, New York has dropped two straight. Heading into Week 4, only Justin Fields has a worse QBR rating than Wilson. 

Jets coach Robert Saleh said after the Week 3 loss to the Patriots that Wilson is the team’s QB. But if things continue south, adding Cousins as a half-season rental could be too enticing, given what the franchise has built to go big for 2023. 

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When it comes to QBR, Ryan Tannehill ranks only above Wilson and Fields. The Tennessee Titans are 1-2, coming off a humbling 27-3 loss to the Browns. Tannehill had just one TD on the season, but the QBs behind him – Malik Willis and Will Levis – are unproven and haven’t been particularly sharp in their limited time in Nashville. The AFC South is winnable and Tennessee could see Cousins a season-saving addition. 

Fields have been mentioned twice already. No QB has been more scrutinized for his play and words than Fields, who still has one year left on his rookie contract but has made public issues about coaching and has missed open receivers with regularity. 

It remains to be seen if Minnesota would trade its QB to a divisional rival, or if the Chicago Bears see any reason to try and win now, unless it’s to sign Cousins to a longer deal; the Bears have enough cap space to do so and are desperate to find a franchise-level QB. 

The Field includes teams with teams in questionable predicaments with their starting QBs, including the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders, or the randomness of future injuries to playoff contenders. 

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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 established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.