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Patrick Peterson opens up on Kirk Cousins’ future with the Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback veteran Patrick Peterson is traded to Kirk Cousins.

He wants Cousins ​​to stay in Minnesota amid rumors and speculation about what a new regime will do to the 33-year-old veteran quarterback.

Peterson argued why Cousins ​​2022 should be retained, but which direction a new regime will take remains to be seen.

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In a recent episode of Everything covered Podcast, Peterson admitted he’s not sure what’s going to happen to Cousins.

“I don’t know. Right now, with the new GM, new coach. Usually when things like this happen, they get a bulldozer and just start smashing through everything, almost like they’re cleaning the house. I know I can’t say that,” Peterson said. “I would love for Kirk to finish here. I think he has a great relationship with Adam (Thielen), with Justin (Jefferson) and is getting better with Justin every week .”

Peterson added that Cousins ​​was a major factor in Jefferson rushing for the most yards (3,016) and receptions (196) by any player in the first two years of his career.

“To have the opportunity to be the fastest receiver in two years with that many yards. Kirk was a big part of that. I just think Kirk is just a very great leader. Serene Player. Never really under duress in games. I just think he’s really cool. He’s definitely Captain Kirk. I don’t know if he’ll be here, but I’d love to see him continue that connection with Justin, Adam and the one we didn’t see here, Irv Smith. It will be interesting to see what happens.”

While many new coaches often inherit bad situations, the Vikings are considered one of the most talented teams with a coaching vacancy.

“If you get to a point and you don’t want to worry about the quarterback … he’s the better option out of all these quarterbacks,” Peterson said, adding that he wouldn’t mind going back to Minnesota. “In the end, it comes down to finding a new head coach. More often than not, new head coaches come along and tear up the whole scene. Why do you want to tear this team apart? This is probably the most talented team to fill a coaching position.”

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Vikings President Mark Wilf spoke to local media Monday following the firing of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman.

During the press conference, Minnesota Spokesman Recorder reporter Larry Fitzgerald Sr. pointed to a statistic that no Super Bowl quarterback has taken 13% or more of the team’s cap spot in the past 10 seasons. Cousins’ $45 million cap hit in 2022, which ranks third among NFL quarterbacks, is expected to take 21% of the Vikings’ cap spot next season.

Fitzgerald asked Wilf if Cousin’s fierce cap hit, inconsistent with past winning formula, would be addressed and if his presence had harmed the Vikings.

“I don’t want to be a Monday morning quarterback in this situation, to put it that way, because we have to look forward,” Wilf replied. “We will bring in the right people to help evaluate the answer to that question.”

A solution to this question would be to expand cousins.

Former NFL agent Joel Corry recently detailed the numbers, predicting that the Vikings could free up as much as $20 million in Cap Space through an extension.

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“I don’t want to be a Monday morning quarterback in this situation, to put it that way, because we have to look forward,” Wilf replied. “We will bring in the right people to help evaluate the answer to that question.”

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