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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t particularly concerned that his general manager doesn’t view him in exactly the same class as Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah told Jori Epstein of USA Today, “The main one asset where you obtain nervous about not burning it down is quarterback” and suggested “we don’t possess Tom Brady” and “we don’t possess Pat[rick] Mahomes.”
He acknowledged a team “is more prone to win for those who have that quarterback.”
Yet Cousins told reporters Thursday, “I haven’t trained with much thought with training camp being so busy and consuming so a lot of my time,” when asked concerning the comments. “I’m not too worried about it.”
In March, Cousins agreed to a one-year, $35 million guaranteed extension that keeps him set up through the 2023 campaign.
Adofo-Mensah’s tone managed to get seem as though he was unsure about this decision, even though Michigan State product is coming off the 3rd Pro Bowl season of his career. He completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The team went just 8-8 in games he started and missed the playoffs.
It had been emblematic of a lot of Cousins’ career. He’s got consistently set up impressive numbers, with six seasons greater than 4,000 passing yards, but continues to be just 59-59-2 as a starter for Washington and Minnesota.
The Vikings have made the playoffs only one time in his four seasons under center despite having playmakers such as for example Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.
Minnesota is in something of a transition with a first-year GM in Adofo-Mensah and a first-year head coach in Kevin O’Connell, however they didn’t overhaul the roster this offseason. Instead, it appears as though they’re hoping that talent will shine through as well as perhaps Cousins will parlay some of these individual numbers into team success.
If he doesn’t, it wouldn’t be considered a surprise if Adofo-Mensah looked elsewhere at quarterback next offseason.