John Shipley: The Kirk Cousins Experience all but over for Vikings

A few hours after firing player personnel chief Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf mostly talked around what kind of replacements he and brother Zygi are looking for.

Wilf did, however, spread a few tea leaves about the team’s quarterback while talking to reporters on Monday.

Given the opportunity to put the organization’s arms around Kirk Cousins, Wilf demurred.

“We as ownership hopefully know what we don’t know,” he said, “and we’re going to make sure we have the right people as general manager and head coach, and they’re the ones who are really going to get the proper input, give us their evaluation before we make any of those decisions.”

The opacity was deafening.

While everything he said is sensible, rest assured that if Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes were the Vikings’ quarterback, Wilf would have proclaimed him a key part of the team’s future. Of course, if either of those two had been the Vikings’ quarterback the past few years, there’s a good chance the Wilfs don’t fire their GM and head coach.

But we digress. Whoever the new GM is, his first job will be to jettison Cousins and his albatross contract to the highest bidder, like maybe a second- or third-round draft pick. The Vikings will have to pay some of the $35 million Cousins is guaranteed in 2022, but it will be addition by subtraction — maybe not for next…

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