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Why the next five games may help determine Kirk Cousins’ future in Minnesota



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Quarterback Kirk Cousins turned in one of the best performances of his Minnesota Vikings tenure on Nov. 21, when he went toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and led the Vikings on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. Anywhere you looked, Cousins was considered a top-10 quarterback, with Pro Football Focus rating him No. 2 overall behind Tom Brady since that win over Green Bay.

But three weeks later, with a Thursday night showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers looming, Cousins and the Vikings are at a crossroads. If the team moves on from Zimmer and/or general manager Rick Spielman, two parties who will forever be linked to the decision to bring Cousins to Minnesota, the Vikings may take a clean-slate approach.

If Minnesota were to trade Cousins, the Vikings would incur a $10 million dead-cap charge, and the team acquiring the quarterback would be on the hook for his $35 million fully guaranteed base salary.

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