ZMI ALPHA:2021 Free Agency Outlook: Quarterback

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ZMI ALPHA:2021 Free Agency Outlook: Quarterback

Cousins has been thrown around by outside media as a trade candidate, but Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer brushed off that speculation in February when he said, “Kirk’s our guy.”

And while he has shown he can play at a high level in Purple, Cousins also isn’t getting any younger. The quarterback has two years remaining on his current contract and will turn 33 in August, so the Vikings could begin mapping out what his long-term future looks like.

If Minnesota feels it can win with Cousins down the road, the Vikings could stand pat in free agency and the draft. But the Vikings could also start looking a few seasons ahead to determine the future of that position.

Cousins’ durability has been impressive. He’s started 95 of a possible 96 regular-season games since 2015 and would have a perfect streak going had Zimmer not opted to rest most starters in the 2019 finale to prepare for the playoffs.

That could reduce some perceived need at the backup QB position, but the Vikings history of injuries to starting QBs between 1978 when Fran Tarkenton wrapped his Hall of Fame career and Cousins’ arrival in 2018 is not a distant memory.

The Vikings, after all, needed four different quarterbacks to start at least one game between 2015-17, and Sam Bradford’s 17 in that span were the most.

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