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Kirk Cousins "Optimistic To Be Full Speed At Practice" In June

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) said his recovery from a torn right Achilles that he suffering on Oct. 29 (Week 8) has been progressing "up and to the right." He also said that he's "optimistic to be full speed at practice" before the team breaks for summer in June. It's quite the optimistic statement from the 35-year-old veteran, but even if he's not quite full-go at the end of the team's offseason program, Cousins should be able to take part in training camp at the end of July. It's especially important since Cousins will be learning a new offense in Atlanta and trying to gel with his new receivers. The talent surrounding him shouldn't be a problem, as he'll have Bijan Robinson, Drake London and Kyle Pitts to work with. Fantasy managers should be more considered about an aging QB coming off a serious injury.

Mar 13, 2024 8:49 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Signing Four-Year Deal With Falcons

Free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is signing a four-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Ari Meirov of the 33rd Team. Cousins is recovering from a torn Achilles that knocked him out of the 2023 season early, but it didn't affect his value on the open market. The four-time Pro Bowler joins a roster with several young rising weapons, including running back Bijan Robinson, tight end Kyle Pitts, and receiver Drake London. He has passed for at least 4,000 yards in seven NFL seasons, so he should provide a nice value boost for his new supporting cast. The move means the Minnesota Vikings will be in search of a new starting quarterback, while the Falcons are likely to become the clear favorites in the weak NFC South.

Mar 11, 2024 2:34 PM EST



Kirk Cousins To Test Free Agency

According to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is expected to test the market when free agency opens on Monday. However, both Cousins and the Vikings will "remain in communication." The four-time Pro-Bowler has had an efficient career. In 150 regular season appearances, he's thrown for 39,471 yards, 270 touchdowns, and 110 interceptions. He's also completed nearly 70% of his tosses. While the 35-year-old has been one of the league's most durable signal-callers over the years, he was limited to just eight games last season because of a torn Achilles. That said, teams will take a chance by signing Cousins, considering he's coming off a devastating injury. His age also may make other organizations look in another direction. But Cousins, a quality fantasy quarterback since his days in Washington, should have at least a few more solid years left in the tank. With that in mind, his fantasy outlook will be contingent on where he's playing during the 2024-25 campaign, although he may be the most productive by staying in Minnesota.

Mar 10, 2024 7:51 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Seriously Considering The Falcons

According to very credible sources, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is seriously considering moving his family to Atlanta so that he can play for the Falcons. Unless Cousins re-signs with the Vikings by next Wednesday, March 13, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. The Falcons have always been the top alternative to the Vikings for Cousins. His wife, Julie, grew up in nearby Alpharetta, Georgia, and her parents still live there. Minnesota wants to keep Cousins around, but only at their price, and they seem to think he won't get a better deal elsewhere. Cousins is now 35 years old and is coming off a torn Achilles last season, so it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank, but a move to Atlanta would give him a strong running game with Bijan Robinson and some interesting receiving targets in Drake London and Kyle Pitts.

Mar 5, 2024 5:12 PM EST


Commanders An Option For Kirk Cousins?

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on The Pat McAfee Show on Monday that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) has the Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons as his primary two options if he becomes a free agent next week, but Schefter also mentions the Washington Commanders as a possibility. Schefter also believes that the Commanders are open to anything with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of April's draft and could be open to moving back. If Cousins goes to Atlanta, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Vikings try to move up in the first round of the draft to select a rookie signal-caller. Cousins spent the first six years of his NFL career in D.C., so it would be a homecoming if he returned to the Commanders in 2024 and beyond. A move back to Washington would be intriguing from a fantasy perspective.

Mar 4, 2024 2:16 PM EST



Kirk Cousins Not Willing To Give Vikings A Discount?

ESPN's Dan Graziano writes that the sense he's getting is that the Minnesota Vikings want impending quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) to return, but Cousins has a very specific idea in mind for what he wants in a new contract, and the Vikings so far have not made an offer that matches it. Cousins and his family like Minnesota and would be happy to stay and finish his career there, but it doesn't sound like he's willing to offer the team a hometown discount. If the Vikings don't sign him to an extension before the final four years of his contract void on March 12, they will carry a $28.5 million dead-money charge on their salary cap this year and Cousins will be on the open market for the second time in his career. If he reaches free agency, several teams are expected to be interested in the veteran signal-caller despite coming off a torn Achilles last year, including the Atlanta Falcons.

Mar 3, 2024 2:01 PM EST


Falcons Interested In Kirk Cousins

The Atlanta Falcons are clearly seeking a quarterback upgrade this offseason over Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke. Some folks think they may be the favorites to trade for Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields, but ESPN's Adam Schefter also says they are interested in Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins (Achilles), despite the fact he tore his right Achilles on Oct. 29 and is 35 years old. Cousins has made encouraging progress from the injury, though, and expects to be ready for organized team activities and minicamp this spring. Despite his age and injury, he's expected to be the best available option on the free-agent market, and he'd certainly be an upgrade over Ridder/Heinicke with a strong RB in place in Bijan Robinson and intriguing receiving options in Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Still, Cousins' fantasy value will likely remain the highest as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 if he stays in Minnesota.

Mar 2, 2024 5:02 PM EST


Vikings Looking To Re-Sign Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said the team wants to re-sign impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles). "I think Kirk Cousins wants to be a Viking, and we're gonna work to make that happen," O'Connell said. Cousins, who has been encouraged by his progress from a torn right Achilles that he suffered in late October of last year, will be a big offseason topic. The 35-year-old signal-caller should be ready to go by training camp this summer for whichever team he's playing for, barring a setback in his recovery. Right now, the Vikings feel like the favorites to retain Cousins, but there will surely be a handful of teams angling to outbid Minnesota for his services. For the fantasy picture, Cousins' value would remain the highest if he stays with the Vikings and All-Pro receiver Justin Jefferson.

Feb 27, 2024 2:08 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Showing Encouraging Progress

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) is showing encouraging progress four months after having surgery to fix his torn right Achilles. Cousins posted a video on social media on Monday of him dropping back and throwing passes. The 35-year-old veteran signal-caller is on track in his progress and expects to be able to take part in organized team activities this spring. The big question, though, is where he'll end up this offseason. Will the Vikings make an effort to bring him back, or will he go elsewhere to a new organization. Where Cousins ultimately ends up and how much progress he's made from his Achilles tear will help shape his fantasy value for the upcoming 2024 season. Cousins' fantasy value will most likely be the highest if he stays in Minnesota.

Feb 26, 2024 2:01 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Won't Receive Franchise Tag

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins cannot be franchise-tagged by the organization. That said, Cousins is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The veteran quarterback is looking for a bounce-back campaign after tearing his Achilles in 2023. It sounds like the Vikings are hopeful to bring back Cousins next season. It's worth noting that Cousins should have a sizable market this offseason. At the moment, it's unknown what kind of contract Cousins will be seeking this offseason. The Vikings could end up in a bidding war in free agency because they won't be able to franchise tag the veteran signal-caller.

Feb 18, 2024 6:59 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Looking To Re-Sign With Vikings

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has made it clear that he hopes to re-sign with the team as he approaches the end of his current contract this offseason. In turn, Vikings decision-makers have said they are warm to the idea of bringing Cousins back. When asked if he'd consider giving the Vikings a hometown discount, he said, "I do think it's important to be aware of. I think that God has blessed me financially beyond my wildest dreams. So at this stage in my career, the dollars are really not what it's about." Cousins said "structure is probably more important." His current contract will void in March. Cousins was tied for the most TD passes (18) in the NFL and ranked second in passing yards (2,331) when he tore his Achilles in Week 8, so despite the serious injury, he could easily be the most coveted QB on the open market this spring.

Jan 8, 2024 5:36 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Has Cast Removed

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday that he had the cast removed from his right foot. Cousins had season-ending surgery to fix a torn Achilles just under two weeks ago and will now begin a long and grueling rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to go for full clearance by next summer at training camp. The 35-year-old will miss the rest of the 2023 season, and it remains to be seen if he'll even be back with the Vikings in 2024, as he's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next spring. The recently acquired Joshua Dobbs will start under center for Minnesota for the rest of the 2023 campaign.

Nov 14, 2023 12:25 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Undergoes Successful Achilles Surgery

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) underwent surgery to repair his torn Achilles on Wednesday morning at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Eagan, Minnesota, according to the organization. The 35-year-old suffered the devastating injury in the Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers, effectively ending his 2023 season. Cousins was playing some of the best football of his career. He was on a 17-game pace of 4,953 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, and ten interceptions. He will be a free agent this offseason. Rookie Jaren Hall is expected to start for the Vikings in Week 9, but the newly acquired Joshua Dobbs could take over the starting role as soon as Week 10 if Hall struggles in his first NFL start.

Nov 1, 2023 10:50 AM EST


Kirk Cousins Officially Placed On IR

The Minnesota Vikings placed quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) on injured reserve on Tuesday after he suffered a torn Achilles in his team's Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers. The transaction was expected as soon as Cousins' injury was officially announced but the Vikings made it official on Tuesday while also opening up roster space for newly acquired quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Cousins is expected to have surgery to repair his Achilles later this week. The Vikings will start rookie Jaren Hall in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons while Dobbs is expected to serve as the backup.

Oct 31, 2023 9:30 PM EST


MRI Confirms Torn Achilles For Kirk Cousins

As expected, an MRI exam confirmed that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (Achilles) suffered a torn right Achilles in the Week 8 win over the Green Bay Packers. Cousins will miss the rest of the year, making him droppable in redraft fantasy leagues. Given the timing of the 35-year-old's devastating injury, he may not be ready to go for training camp next summer. Rookie fifth-rounder Jaren Hall took over for Cousins after his injury on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Minnesota will use him as the starter under center in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. The only other QB on the Vikings' roster is Sean Mannion. Cousins' injury will negatively affect his free-agent market next spring, while it also severely downgrades the fantasy upside of all the team's offensive playmakers moving forward.

Oct 30, 2023 2:08 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Feared To Have Torn Achilles

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is feared to have suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The veteran signal-caller will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. If the injury is confirmed, Cousins will miss the remainder of the 2023 season, delivering another blow to a Minnesota offense that is already without Justin Jefferson (hamstring). Losing Cousins would leave the Vikings with rookie Jaren Hall at quarterback, but they could certainly make an external addition via free agency or the trade market. It's worth noting that the trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. EST.

Oct 29, 2023 4:46 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Ruled Out, Jaren Hall Enters At QB

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (ankle) exited during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. He was in extreme pain and unable to put weight on his right leg. The Vikings quickly evaluated Cousins and ruled him out for the remainder of Week 8. It's a very concerning development for Minnesota, who will turn to rookie quarterback Jaren Hall for the time being.

Oct 29, 2023 3:47 PM EST


Kirk Cousins A QB1 Option Versus Packers In Week 8

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to keep it rolling in Week 8 against the Packers after leading his team to an upset win over the 49ers with 378 passing yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. Cousins gave fantasy managers a boost in confidence as he was able to produce notable numbers without his All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson, as he struggled in his first game without his WR1. The Packers' defense will be another tough test for the Vikings' offense in this one, as they have allowed just 1,166 passing yards through six games this season. Fantasy managers have been shown they can trust the veteran as a QB1 option this season, but expectations shouldn't be too high coming off his strong start to the season. Cousins can be valued as a low-end QB1 option in conventional-sized formats.

Oct 27, 2023 5:55 PM EST


Kirk Cousins Cooks Top Pass Defense Monday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was terrific in Week 7's 22-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, completing 35-of-45 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. It looked like Cousins was in for some more prime-time misery after he got picked off on his second throw, but he flipped that script by carving up one of the NFL's stingiest pass defenses Monday. The box score may not even do the four-time Pro Bowler justice, as Cousins repeatedly made clutch third-down throws and electric downfield plays. Cousins' scores were two strikes to Jordan Addison, with one coming on a dangerous throw over the middle that the rookie ripped away from the defender. The 35-year-old faced plenty of pressure but orchestrated his first game of the campaign without taking a sack. Cousins will be a fringe QB1/2 in Green Bay against the Packers in Week 8, still without top target Justin Jefferson.

Oct 24, 2023 12:31 AM EST


Kirk Cousins A Risky Start Versus 49ers

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will look for a bounce-back effort in Week 7 after an underwhelming performance against the Bears in Week 6, as he managed just 181 passing yards. The veteran is in for a tough matchup against the 49ers defense, who have allowed just 4.5 yards per attempt to quarterbacks this season. Cousins will again be without his All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson in this one, so it looks hard to trust the Vikings signal-caller on Monday night. Although he ranks first in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards this season, fantasy managers can consider streaming a quarterback in place of the 35-year-old. Cousins has the look of a low-end QB1 at best in this matchup.

Oct 21, 2023 4:31 PM EST