Notably, the Vikings elected not to renew Cousins’ contract during the previous summer. Due to the Vikings’ poor start (0-3) and the impending free agency of the 35-year-old, many are speculating as to whether Minnesota may move the four-time Pro Bowler rather than risk losing him for nothing come next spring.
Matthew Schmidt at NFL Analysis Network suggested the Atlanta Falcons trade second- and fourth-round choices for Cousins:
Kirk Cousins is the 14th QB in NFL history to throw for 1,000+ yards and 9+ TDs through the first 3 games of a season.
He's also the first in history of those 14 QBs whose team has a losing record to show for it. pic.twitter.com/LxoKYsFhrv
— Dustin Baker (@DustBaker) September 28, 2023
“The Falcons are rolling rolling with Desmond Ridder under center, and while he hasn’t been great thus far in 2023, he has been good enough to get Atlanta off to a 2-1 start.
However, whether or not Ridder is actually the Falcons’ quarterback of the future is debatable, and even if he is, Cousins would surely provide the club with a better opportunity to win this season.
Atlanta could send a 2024 second-round draft pick and a fourth-rounder to the Vikings in exchange for Cousins, providing Minnesota with the draft capital it would need to help facilitate a rebuild.”
The New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Atlanta Falcons are tied for first place in the NFC South heading into Week 4 (all three teams are 2-1). Even though the Cincinnati native has completed 62.5 percent of his career attempts, he has only amassed 553 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Adding a talent like Kirk Cousins would unquestionably increase the Falcons’ prospects of winning the NFC South and making a strong postseason run. Even without Justin Jefferson, Cousins would be in an excellent position with Drake London, Tyler Allgeier, Bijan Robinson, and Kyle Pitts as his playmakers.