Rob Gronkowski, a former NFL standout tight end, believes that an NFC club with a veteran Pro Bowl quarterback at the position should “tank for” USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams.
In the early going, the current Heisman Trophy winner is expected to be selected first overall in the 2024 NFL Draught. Williams has a 78.6 completion percentage, 12 touchdowns, and zero interceptions through the Trojans’ first three 2023 games.
Gronkowski said that the loser of this Sunday’s Week 3 match between the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings will see “serious change” in an interview with Kay Adams on her “Up & Adams” show (via Joe Nelson of Sports Illustrated). Gronk said
“For the Vikings, if they go 0-3, there’s going to be some serious change at the quarterback position. They have a good team but they can’t finish, they can’t win games.
“I feel like Kirk Cousins will be shipped out. Someone’s gonna want to trade for him that’s a playoff contender. He’s a good player, he’s putting up the stats, he’s playing well. Kirk Cousins will get shipped out and they’ll be building for the future. Hopefully tank for Caleb Williams out of USC next year.”
This is one helluva Week 3 prediction from our guy @RobGronkowski:
What do you think?
— Kay Adams (@heykayadams) September 20, 2023
Cousins was not given a contract extension by the Vikings despite guiding the team to 13 victories and the NFC North division title the previous season. Prior to the deadline, if they aren’t in contention for the playoffs, Minny might definitely consider trading the quarterback, who is 35 years old.
The fact that they refused to give Cousins a contract extension is a clear indication that Minnesota intends to part ways with him after this season. Cousins, whose contract year is up, would be among the most sought-after free agents in 2024.