Vikings’ Kirk Cousins reveals unbelievable successor

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins ​​reveals surprising successor

GettyQuarterback Kirk Cousins ​​​talks with Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell.

One question remains about the Minnesota Vikings’ offense: Who will be the quarterback in 2024?

No clear answer has been given, although it seems likely that Kirk Cousins ​​will make this final run in purple and gold. Reserve Nick Mullens isn’t the answer, and fifth-round rookie Jaren Hall is a long shot. One player who may not participate, however, is Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Baker Mayfield. Mayfield signed a one-year contract worth $4 million in 2023 and led the Bucs to a 3-1 start and an NFC South lead in the first quarter of the season.

Baker Mayfield posted his best numbers in years with the Bucs

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine on Friday, October 6, named Mayfield among six NFL players poised to land a big deal in free agency next offseason. Along with returning to the Bucs, Ballentine named the Vikings and Tennessee Titans as teams potentially willing to give Mayfield a raise next season.

After four games, [Mayfield] is sixth in the league in QBR and EPA and fifth in expected completion percentage, according to Next Gen Stats. Best of all, the Bucs are 3-1, with their only loss coming to the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles. Mayfield handled the ball with just two interceptions and one fumble. He may still not be a franchise quarterback, but he could be a capable starter in the right situation.

The Minnesota Vikings could be a team to watch. Like the Bucs, they have a star tandem in Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison. With Kirk Cousins’ contract expiring, Mayfield could be a landing spot that gives them time to find a future starter. Mayfield completed nearly 70% of his passes in 2023, throwing for 882 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions according to Pro Football Reference. He also gained 61 rushing yards on 23 rushing attempts.

Baker Mayfield has a new look at football after being fired by the Browns 15 months ago

GettyTampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass under pressure from Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Danielle Hunter during an NFL game in September 2023.

Mayfield appeared on the Friday, October 6, edition of the Pat McAfee Show, in which he said that his tumultuous time with the Cleveland Browns gave him a new, mature perspective more about football, as well as an appreciation for it.

“The roller coaster I rode afterwards made me a little crazy,” Mayfield said. “It gives me a good perspective. Being in Carolina, trying to be a good mentor to some guys and just having a different perspective on it – taking a step back, being a good leader. Then going to Los Angeles, it was like, okay, we looked at each other, “We have a five-game season here, let’s make the most of it and fill out our resumes.” »

Mayfield set a rookie passing record of 27 touchdowns at the time after the Browns selected him No. 1 overall in 2018. He also led the franchise to its first playoff victory at age 26 with a Wildcard Weekend win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.

Max Dible covers the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Golden State Warriors for He covered local and national news as a reporter for West Hawaii Today and served as news director for and Pacific Media Group’s Big Island radio group before joining Heavy. Learn more about Max Dible

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