As a potential rebuilding team, the Vikings may want to move on from Cousins and his $45 million cap hit while they can still get a return from him on the trade market.
Teams are well aware of this, and one potential suitor has emerged in the Indianapolis Colts
The Colts became an obvious landing spot for available quarterbacks when they shipped Carson Wentz to Washington, and Cousins makes a ton of sense.
The Colts are potential contenders. Even with Wentz at the helm they were right on the verge of the playoffs last season, and this is a team built to run the ball. They don't need an elite quarterback, just one who can be steady and get the job done. That's Cousins.
Despite some high-profile blowups in primetime, Cousins is a rock-solid starting quarterback. He's thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns in three of his four seasons in Minnesota. He also ranked sixth among 33 qualifying passers with an average of 8.1 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) in 2021.
If Minnesota doesn't see themselves as a serious playoff contender in 2022, getting what they can in exchange for Cousins now makes a lot of sense, rather than waiting for next offseason and losing him to free agency for no return.