Kirk Cousins sends clear message on trade front
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins addresses trade rumors but remains focused on upcoming game against the Chicago Bears.
On October 1, 2023, during a game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kirk Cousins, the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, found himself amidst trade rumors, particularly involving the New York Jets. Although Cousins had a no-trade clause in his contract, the fact that he is in the final year of his contract with the Vikings and the team's current record of 1-4 has fueled speculation.
Despite the possibility of a turnaround for the Vikings, who recently put up a strong fight against the reigning Super Bowl champions, the news of Justin Jefferson being placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury has intensified discussions about a potential Cousins trade.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Cousins was asked about the likelihood of him waiving his no-trade clause now that Jefferson will be out for at least four games. The NFL's trade deadline is on October 31, and for Cousins to be traded, he would need to agree to the deal with another team.
Rather than addressing the trade talks, Cousins chose to focus on the upcoming game against the Chicago Bears in Week 6. He emphasized his commitment to going 1-0 this week and stated that anything else is not worth his time, energy, or attention.
In the five games played this season, Cousins has showcased his skills by completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,498 yards, throwing 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions. While injuries will inevitably factor into any trade discussions, all eyes will be on the Vikings and the performance of their rookie quarterback, Zach Wilson, as they navigate their potential future beyond Cousins.