Kirk Cousins was reportedly a busy man behind the scenes when Kevin O’Connell’s name surfaced as a potential head coaching hire for the Minnesota Vikings.
KFAN’s Paul Allen is reporting that Cousins spent a lot of time lobbying the front office with the Washington Commanders to hire their former quarterback coach. Allen used the information as the basis for the argument that all alleged trade talks surrounding the 33-year-old quarterback Vikings are “futile.”
“Kirk spent a lot of time hiring Kevin O’Connell and a lot of time behind the scenes with the renters,” Allen said during an episode of Friday’s Feast! “Okay, so now he is. And with O’Connell the new offensive coordinator, somewhat of a shine [Wes Phillips], Kirk K. So, you put those things over there.
“It would be a metaphorical 2×4 up your butt if they wanted to trade him out of nowhere. ‘What did you say here, what do you mean here? 25 minutes with the team president to hire that person. What about conversation?’ I mean, that all plays into it, and so I guess [the trade talks] are ineffective.”
The one piece that seems to be missing in all of this is newly-appointed general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensa, who clearly has a say in whatever happens.
But Alan has a solid point.
If Cousins had a hand in O’Connell’s appointment, it would prompt the team to add their quarterback with the best head coaching fit. You don’t do that to the player you want to kick out the door. But then again, Cousins’ contract is expected to count against the salary cap at $45 million next season, the third-largest cap hit in the quarterback position.
It can cause problems if he comes to the negotiating table reluctant to make a team-friendly deal. He is a knowledgeable businessman who clearly knows that he will have some serious value in the open free agent market. There is nothing in his previous talks to suggest that he is ready to take a pay cut.
But people change, don’t they?
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