Kirk Cousins’ 2023 season was cut short by an Achilles tear, raising uncertainties about his future beyond 2023. Despite the setback, the veteran quarterback expressed optimism about playing in 2024 and beyond during his rehab.
Reflecting on his injury, Cousins acknowledged initial doubts about the potential end of his football career but now looks forward to the next chapter.
The injury will inevitably influence Cousins’ free agent value this offseason. The 35-year-old showcased impressive stats before his injury, with a 103.8 passer rating and an 18:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio, potentially making him an attractive short-term deal for interested teams. The possibility of a third contract with the Minnesota Vikings remains open, as Cousins has indicated his desire to continue with the team.
Having spent six years with the Vikings, Cousins expressed his commitment to the franchise, where he earned three Pro Bowl nods and contributed to playoff appearances.
The team’s lack of a clear long-term successor and minimal additions during the 2023 draft highlight Cousins’ significance to the roster. Currently, trade acquisition Josh Dobbs has stepped in effectively, maintaining the team’s playoff hopes.
Cousins emphasized focusing on the present and the team’s current success rather than dwelling on contract negotiations.
Talks about a new agreement were deferred until after the 2023 season, making Cousins’ future a pivotal storyline for the Vikings in the upcoming months.
Regarding his Achilles tear, Cousins clarified that his situation didn’t warrant the ‘speed bridge’ procedure used by Aaron Rodgers.
Despite the injury, both player and team express mutual interest in exploring a deal, leaving the possibility of another agreement on the table as Cousins undergoes rehabilitation.