With Matt Cassel opting to become a free agent and Josh Freeman likely on his way out as well, finding a signal caller to compete with disappointing holdover Christian Ponder has to be high on the Vikings' offseason to-do list.
Here's why the Vikings should embrace the idea of the Redskins trading Cousins to them with open arms.
Kirk Cousins could be the young quarterback Norv Turner covets
New Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner had some interesting words to share during a recent press conference. Although Turner wouldn't delve into specifics, he alluded to the strong possibility of the Vikings picking up a young quarterback.
While most would assume the Vikings will pick up a signal caller with their eighth overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Turner was quick to point out that good quarterbacks come from a variety of different spots. Those words suggest that the Vikings could resist the temptation of selecting a quarterback in the first round by deciding to find another way of bringing in a talented, young signal caller.
Perhaps the Vikings would be interested in attaining the services of Cousins, who despite entering his third NFL season, should still be considered a young quarterback. Unlike a quarterback in the draft, Cousins already has NFL experience, which could make him even more appealing to the organization.
The Vikings could miss out on the draft's top quarterbacks
Although the Vikings have a top ten pick in the first round of this year's draft, there's a good chance that they could miss out on some of the draft's best talent at the quarterback position.
Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are considered the draft's top prospects at the position and they'll probably get gobbled up by some of the quarterback-starved NFL teams that are slated to pick ahead of the Vikings. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders all stand in the way of the Vikings' bid to land one of the previously mentioned potential franchise signal callers.
Barring an unlikely decision to trade up, there's a strong possibility that the Vikings won't be able to land the likes of Manziel, Bridgewater or Bortles during the draft. If this likely scenario unfolds and Cousins is still available, then the Vikings should immediately call the Redskins to engage in trade talks for the backup signal caller who's eager to get his shot at becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL.
The Vikings don't want to draft another Christian Ponder
In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Vikings surprised many when they reached to select Christian Ponder in the first round. Three frustrating years later, the franchise appears more than willing to move on from the underachieving quarterback.
If the previously mentioned scenario of the Vikings failing to land one of the draft's top quarterbacks during this year's draft takes place, then the organization would be wise to remember their ill-fated decision to reach for Ponder three years ago.
Instead of foolishly repeating history and reaching for another signal caller with their first round pick, the Vikings should strongly consider trading for Cousins. Even if they're unwilling to deal their second round draft pick, the Vikings possess two third round selections, so perhaps they'd be interested in giving up one in exchange for the Redskins' backup quarterback.
That's a much better price to pay then potentially drafting another quarterback bust in the first round for the second time since 2011.
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