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Kirk Cousins on probable free agency: ‘It’s a pretty short checklist…I want to win’

By Derek Wetmore

Imagine finishing up your morning workout and checking your phone only to find out through a flood of texts that you’ll be looking for a job with a new company next month.

That was Kirk Cousins’ reality this week.

OK, it’s a little bit different than if you or I had to pick up the pieces and get a new gig — Cousins will still be a very well paid NFL quarterback next year. But in all likelihood it will be in a different city than the one he’s called home since his rookie season in 2012.

Cousins joined SiriusXM NFL Radio this week at the Mall of America in Bloomington, as part of his promotional tour for Bose headphones. He shared the story about how he learned of the Alex Smith trade — and it apparently wasn’t before the rest of us learned about it. He also said that No. 1 on his checklist for picking his next employer is the ability to win.

Cousins was asked how this week has gone for him, considering the news.

“Not as bad as you might think,” he told the hosts. “It was a surprise. I was working out here in Minneapolis in my hotel, finishing my workout, went over to my phone and had a lot of text messages.

“It came as a surprise, certainly hadn’t heard anything but in this league — in my story — I’ve learned that curve balls come all the time. I expect to be a free agent come March 14. We’ll see how that plays out, and if it does it’s a unique opportunity that I look forward to. Haven’t had a chance to pick where I’m going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State. So I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

And if you’re to trust the criteria he shared during the radio interview, the Vikings would certainly make sense as a possible destination. Cousins made it sound like all he cares about is winning. (Charlie Weis apparently told him to go wherever he can win, rather than chase the biggest pay day.) And the Vikings went 13-3 and made it to the NFC Championship game last year with Case Keenum as the main man under center, thanks in large part to the league’s best defense and a pair of playmaking wide receivers.

Keenum is a free agent this offseason, and the Vikings have been given plenty of opportunity to demonstrate their affection for him. The key figures have stopped short of that at every turn, leaving the rest of us to wonder what Keenum’s future will hold. Ditto for Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, both scheduled to be free agents this March.

So with Cousins hitting the market at a time the Vikings might be looking for a quarterback, there’s naturally been plenty of speculation as to whether the second-best team in the NFC this year might be a good home for the guy likely to hit free agency for the first time in his pro career.

“It’s a pretty short checklist. At the end of the day I want to win,” Cousins said. “I was just talking to Coach Weiss earlier and he made it clear: ‘Hey, go where you can win.’ And that’s exactly what the plan is. … There are a ton of variables that decide whether we think we can win, but that will ultimately be what makes the decision.”

He added: “I believe there’s a lot of places you can do that [win] because it changes so much year to year.”

Year to year changes, sure. But the Vikings figure to be good again next year. Now they just need to figure out their quarterback.

The post Kirk Cousins on probable free agency: ‘It’s a pretty short checklist…I want to win’ appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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