1. Kirk Cousins
Trading for Kirk Cousins is so NOT the answer for the Colts
You thought Garoppolo’s cap hits were bad? How about $31 million and $45 million for Kirk Cousins in 2021 and 2022? Talk about neutering your payroll.
Cousins was supposed to be the missing piece for the Minnesota Vikings when they landed him in free agency a few years back. All he’s done is drive Stefon Diggs out of town, tell the world that he doesn’t care if he dies of COVID-19, and somehow carved out time to play golf with former President Donald Trump. What’s worse? That he wanted to use his offseason time to golf with Trump or that Trump somehow had an opening in his schedule to cheat at golf with Cousins? His crowning achievement is beating the choke-happy Saints in the playoffs back in 2019.
The former second-round pick is exactly .500 for his career (51-51-2 … TWO TIES?!) and just four games above .500 for the Vikings (25-21-1). His “numbers” are there — he’s got five 4,000-yard passing seasons — but he still somehow has accuracy issues from time to time and doesn’t exactly pass the eye test. His track record just feels like it’s constant stat-padding, when he’s plowing through opposing defenses when the Vikings already lost, like, 31-20.
The Vikings somehow got worse with him, and had better seasons with Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum under center. If we really wanted to make the time, we could argue that 8-8 Sam Bradford year, too. Cousins has had plentiful weapons, a successful run game, and a pretty good defense behind him for three years now and has nothing to show for it.
The Colts can offer him all of that, but he cannot offer them what they need.