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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 6 January 2024

“A philosopher’s brain is like a balloon – filled with hot air and always floating in the clouds.”

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It looks like the team will be hard pressed to win this week. They will be missing Byron Murphy and Mekhi Blackmon along with Brian O’Neill. Theo Jackson is out too. The secondary is beyond banged up and the Lions should be able to exploit them if they simply just do not run the ball right at the Vikings. Oh well.

It was a season that was showing promise after the 1-4 start. Once Cousins went down it as all but over due to the fact that this franchise has perpetually refused to get a quality backup. It could be that the salary of the starter prohibits paying 7-10M for a backup AND, more importantly, convincing a quality backup to sign and sit behind Cousins is/was unlikely.

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As we look towards the offseason, this one thing will be true in my mind.

If the Vikings bring back Cousins then they are saying that they are going ALL-IN with him and the remainder of the team. They simply must get to the Super Bowl if they do this move. There will be no more excuses for ANY of the players on the team or Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

The repercussions will be felt for years because to bring back Cousins either means pushing upwards of 20M into the 2026 cap OR using the cap space now on his extension and doing very little in free agency. The draft picks will have to produce immediately which is not often the case even with first round picks.

I just do not see a scenario where you bring back Cousins for two years (I believe it has to be at least two gtd), maybe make the playoffs with an early exit, and that considered a good job by the GM. It will push the “rebuild” or at least the reset of the QB position into 2026 when it could be a few years of growing pains with a rookie QB.

It is a tough decision but KAM really should consider getting his rookie this year. In 2025, you might have Shedeur Sanders, Drew Allar, Carson Beck, Jalen Milroe, and the likes of Tyler Van Dyke, Dillon Gabriel, Riley Leonard, and KJ Jefferson. Not sure the 2025 class looks that good at all.


Since yore last open thread

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Other Vikings News

Pro Football Focus names their perfect NFL draft prospect for the Vikings

Here’s what author Trevor Sikkema had to say about the pairing of Nix and the Vikings:
The Vikings have been on the quarterback carousel since Kirk Cousins went down for the season. Cousins is set to become a free agent this offseason, so if he’s not brought back, a young quarterback becomes paramount for them. To me, Nix would be perfect with his tools, dual-threat ability and experience to work with Kevin O’Connell.

Brett Kollman believes Vikings will trade up for QB in 2024 NFL Draft

“I don’t think people realize how hard the Vikings tried to trade up for Anthony Richardson last year,” Kollman said on The Mina Kimes Show Featuring Lenny. “The haul they put on the table was massive.”
Kollman continued to insinuate that the Vikings were ready to make a move for Richardson, who was selected fourth overall by the Indianapolis Colts.
Because the Vikings were supposedly so aggressive in trying to land Richardson a year ago, Kollman believes the Vikings will do the same in this year’s draft. While the Chicago Bears could select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick and UNC’s Drake Maye is projected to be gone soon after, Kollman speculates that LSU’s Jayden Daniels could make a perfect target for the Vikings in April.
“I just feel like he’s a Kevin O’Connell type of quarterback to me,” Kollman said before also mentioning Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. as a target. “I really do think the added mobility and all the stuff that you can do with him in the run game is kind of a factor there and if they tried and failed to get [Richardson] last year for that exact reason, I have to imagine Daniels is on that list too. If they can go up and get him I think they will.”
Kollman speculates that the Los Angeles Chargers, who already have Justin Herbert at quarterback and the sixth overall pick entering Sunday’s games, could make for a potential trade partner if the Vikings are interested in a deal. Kollman, by the way, works with the Chargers.

Vikings have plausible case to get to playoffs — and to make a very quick exit

Like Constanza not being Penske material, the Vikings are not playoff material. At least not in 2023. Amazingly, however, they still have a plausible path to get there.
Even if the end result would likely be a blowout loss to the Cowboys.
Setting the percentages aside, the Vikings get in with: (1) a win over the Lions; (2) a loss by the Packers to the Bears; (2) a loss by the Seahawks to the Cardinals; and (4) a loss by the Buccaneers to the Panthers or a loss by the Saints to the Falcons.
Even if the Vikings thread a three-percent needle, the reward likely would be a trip to Dallas for a game against the Cowboys. Given the manner in which the Cowboys have manhandled most teams who come to Dallas (not to mention last year’s 40-3 stomping of the Vikings in Minneapolis), and in light of the manner in which injuries have depleted Minnesota, it’s very hard to imagine the Vikings having a realistic chance to advance.

Florio not showing much love but he is spitting the truth!


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Yore Mock

Trade Partner: Bengals
Sent: Pick 16, Pick 80
Received: Pick 12
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Pick: 16 Round: 1 Bo Nix QB Oregon 6’4” 210

Pick: 44 Round: 2 Keon Coleman WR Florida State 6’4” 210

Pick: 80 Round: 3 Zach Frazier C West Virginia 6’3” 320

Pick: 112 Round: 4 Will Shipley RB Clemson 6’0” 194

Pick: 127 Round: 4 Cedric Gray LB North Carolina 6’2” 239

Pick: 149 Round: 5 Mike Sainristil CB Michigan 5’10” 182

Pick: 162 Round: 5 Jordan Burch DE-EDGE Oregon 6’3” 320

Pick: 165 Round: 5 Fabien Lovett DL Florida State 6’3” 320

Pick: 179 Round: 6 Nehemiah Pritchett CB Auburn 6’0” 194

Pick: 233 Round: 7 Cedric Johnson Ole Miss EDGE 6’3” 265



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