The Cowboys need a quarterback but could the Minnesota Vikings trade them Kirk Cousins?
A few years ago, Cousins signed a record-breaking deal to leave the Washington Football Team and join the Minnesota Vikings via free agency. Ever since signing that contract to come to Minnesota, people around the NFL have held Cousins under a microscope to see if he is able to step up performance-wise to match his contract.
Cousins began his career in purple and gold in 2018 and had been relatively solid for the first two years of his time leading the Vikings offense, including earning a Pro Bowl appearance in 2019.
So far in 2020, the 32-year-old veteran quarterback has gotten off to a disappointing start to the year on a team that is sitting at 1-5 overall during its bye week in Week 7. Through six games, he has tallied 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air. He has completed 64.6 percent of his pass attempts, which is the lowest mark since joining the Vikings and has thrown for 10 interception, which already matches the most in a season with Minnesota.
With the NFL trade deadline looming in early November, with the deadline set for Nov. 3 around the league, the Vikings might start the process of shipping off players to other teams and becoming sellers at the deadline. Could Cousins be a part of that list of players?
One intriguing team could be a possibility for the services of Cousins after dealing with some injuries to a few different quarterbacks over the last few weeks: the Dallas Cowboys.
In Week 5, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome season-ending injury against the New York Giants, which resulted in backup Andy Dalton taking things over under center in Dallas.
On Sunday afternoon in Week 7 against Washington, Dalton appeared to also suffer an injury, taking a brutal shot to the head which forced him out of the game. As a result, rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci took things over for the Cowboys offense.
With Prescott out for the year and no telling how long Dalton might be out, Dallas could be looking to add a quarterback to the mix at the trade deadline as it still has a chance to compete for a top spot in the awful NFC East division.
If the Cowboys survey the trade market and start asking around for quarterbacks on teams, Cousins could be a piece Minnesota could potentially offer in a deal with America’s Team to lead things offensively for Dallas (maybe even package Mike Zimmer and Cousins together?)
The Cowboys offense is somewhat similar to that of the Vikings, which could make for an easy transition for Cousins in Big D. Dallas has a solid running back in Ezekiel Elliott, while also having some respectable wide receivers on the outside of the field. That mirrors the personnel currently featured in Minnesota’s offense.
Perhaps the Vikings would welcome the idea of parting ways from Cousins during what has become a lost season already through six games. If Minnesota decides to focus on the future at quarterback and move Cousins at the deadline, the Cowboys could be a trade partner worth working on a deal with.