Looks like the Vikings are throwing in the towel and ready to trade Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins seems to be nearing his end in Minnesota.
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After a Week 5 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, the Minnesota Vikings are off to a 1-4 start and seem to be throwing in the towel. News broke on Monday that the Vikings were “more open” about trading quarterback Kirk Cousins. The latest news from Minnesota on Tuesday shed further light on the possibility of a Cousins deal as the team put All-Pro wideout Justin Jefferson in injured reserve. This means that Mr. Griddy is out for at least the next four weeks.Mahomes or Hurts? Who will win NFL MVP in 2016? This also means that the Vikings will likely be trying to enter the

. Minneapolis is in a mess after a year of winning 13 games, and being ranked first in the NFC North. Cousins has been having a great season. It is crazy to think that they would trade him. Cousins is the NFL’s top quarterback in touchdowns with 13, and second in yards, and yards per match. But his stats have not translated into enough wins this year. There’s also his contract which runs from

through to the end of the season

. Cousins’ contract also includes a clause that prohibits him from trading, which could complicate a potential trade. It appears that the days when Minnesota would offer Cousins fully guaranteed contracts are over. The Minnesota regarding Cousins, after Aaron Rodgers’ season was over. At the time, they were denied. If they start talking again, the story could be different. A trade for Cousins and that defense could help them jumpstart their season. The Vikings still have three weeks until the NFL’s trade deadline. They will have to act quickly to get rid of Cousins. Minnesota may not get everything they wanted, but they will want to make this deal ASAP if they are looking for a better chance at Williams. Even then, it’s not guaranteed, and the Vikings could still end up having to trade higher in the first-round. Kirk Cousins’ Viking era is ending quickly, regardless of Minnesota’s chance to land the USC prospect.