Correct. The more immobile your QB is the better your OL needs to be. That's why our line is such a bad match for Cousins who would be terrific behind a top notch line.We don't have Burrow as our QB.
First two picks will most likely be defense. Then probably a Guard 3.
I keep saying.... people keep bagging on Cousins (who has his shortcomings, no doubt), but I think even if you play each of the last two seasons with a healthy Hunter and Pierce, they probably make the playoffs both seasons. They may not have advanced very far, but it would be a very different conversation.This is why upgrading the defense to just average would make a huge difference this season.
I don't understand why any team would draft any of these QB's in the first round at all.
The talent just doesn't seem to be there. Why hamstring your team by gambling a 1st round pick that one of these QB's MIGHT develop into a Top QB in the next couple of years?
People hate Cousins already, for example. If you don't think one of these QB's are going to be substantially better than a QB like Cousins, why would you waste that pick? Makes no sense. We've established in recent years that you need an extremely high caliber QB to win or to be a big time Super Bowl contender. If you don't think one of these QB's is remotely that guy, it would be dumb to spend that pick.
Trade him before its time to pay him
Get ready to pay the manJustin Jefferson couldn't lie. He's "for sure" excited about how the financial market for elite receivers has exploded this offseason.
"Excited for them and excited for what I have in store," said Jefferson, who's entering Year 3 of his four-year, team-friendly rookie deal.
The Raiders gave Davante Adams a five-year, $141.3 million deal with $67.5 million guaranteed. The Dolphins gave Tyreek Hill $120 million over four years with $72.2 million guaranteed. And the Bills gave Stefon Diggs a four-year, $104 million extension with $70 million guaranteed.
"Just knowing some of the players that got signed again, I just know that I can have some more great years here with this team," Jefferson said. "So definitely been looking into that and been keeping sight on that. … You just got to do your own thing and follow your own path, follow your own process when it comes to contracts."
That's still $12.5M dead cap for 2024 if they just straight up release him after the 23 season. But that's probably the only way it's going to work.When his time comes, they get rid of Cousins. Problem solved.
They can sign him to an extension and trade him after either 2022 or 2023. Or just straight up trade him after this season (without extension) and not be responsible for the dead cap hit. He won't be as valuable in a trade in that scenario, but somebody would most assuredly still take him for more than some magic beans.That's still $12.5M dead cap for 2024 if they just straight up release him after the 23 season. But that's probably the only way it's going to work.
Who's going to play QB, then? Mond? Hope whoever is drafted in 2023 works out?
Cousin's extension has a no-trade clause included.They can sign him to an extension and trade him after either 2022 or 2023. Or just straight up trade him after this season (without extension) and not be responsible for the dead cap hit. He won't be as valuable in a trade in that scenario, but somebody would most assuredly still take him for more than some magic beans.
With the size of contracts players like Cousins are now signing regularly, the "kicking the can down the road" thing will be extremely prevalent (if it already hasn't become prevalent). I have a feeling Cousins will be dealing with that the remainder of his career. Just now the nature of the business. I find it annoying that it can't just be nice and simple (i.e. the amount you pay a player is their cap hit that year, and you can't delay cap hits to future years). But I suppose it keeps guys like Bryzinski employed.
Correct. He has two years left on his deal (with additional dead cap hits after that). IF they wanted to deal him, they could do a sign and trade after 2022, or deal him without an extension, with the assurance of whomever is trading for him that he's getting a new deal (ala Deshaun Watson, Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, etc.). An extension (effectively a new contract, which is the way most extensions work) would likely void the remainder of his current deal and send his cap hits to a new city. The Vikes may get hit with some dead cap money of Cousins, but it's entirely likely they'll make a deal where they won't. Even if they do, it would be under the assumption they're paying a rookie QB contract, and can thus afford some dead cap $. Either way, I can't say I'm overly concerned about it.Cousin's extension has a no-trade clause included.
But even if they traded him after 6/1/2023, this says we'd have $6.25M dead cap in 2023 and $12.5M dead cap in 2024: https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/minnesota-vikings/kirk-cousins-9915/
(pre 6/1 trade would then be the whole $18.75M cap hit in 2023)
I suppose you are proposing a new new extension that would take care of these, somehow?
Sure as hell doesn't play like 300, with the way he moves and the way he gets pushed back on roller skates.The guy in the middle is Garrett Bradbury, starting center for the Vikings. The photo is a little deceiving, Bradbury is a big guy. He's 6'3", 300 lbs.