By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to SKOR North’s Judd Zulgad, the Carolina Panthers have inquired with the Minnesota Vikings about quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Panthers were looking into a potential trade for the signal caller.
Before free agency, you always need to take reports with a grain of salt. While Zulgad previously worked for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and covered the Vikings, it’s just speculation at this point.
“[The Vikings] have gotten a call,” he said. “Now, from what I’ve heard, it went nowhere so far. But it’s interesting that the phone did ring, and on the other end of the line…the Carolina Panthers. … The Vikings supposedly said ‘Hey, let’s put a pin in that conversation. We don’t plan to move him now.'”
There is speculation that the Vikings may ask him to take a pay cut as Cousins enters the final year of his contract. He has a $45 million cap hit for the 2022 season.
At this time, Cousins is not interested in reducing his cap hit.
Cousins is familiar with new Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. The two previously worked together with the Washington Commanders early in their careers.
O’Connell said at his introductory press conference that Cousins would be the starter.
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and the front office is trying everything they can to get a competent quarterback for the 2022 season. The Panthers could move on from starter Sam Darnold, who started the majority of the games this past season.
Darnold – who was acquired last off-season in a trade with the New York Jets – struggled in his lone season with the team. Cam Newton was brought in off the street and he also struggled.
P.J. Walker – who Rhule coached as the Temple Owls head coach – was the third-string guy. He saw time only when Darnold or Newton were not healthy.
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