Denver Broncos trade ideas with the Minnesota Vikings

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Denver Broncos offseason: Ezra Cleveland #72 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with Justin Jefferson #18 after the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Vikings might be entering a rebuild, and the Denver Broncos should see if they can pry a couple of veterans away from them in a trade.

The Denver Broncos share a few connections with the Minnesota Vikings.  The most obvious one is General Manager George Paton spending quite a bit of time as the right-hand man to now-fired General Manager Rick Spielman.

Along with Spielman, the Vikings also fired head coach Mike Zimmer.  With the Vikings having quite a few aging veterans, they would be wise to enter a bit of a rebuild.

They aren’t a bad team, but it’s unclear what they need to get over the top, and with a completely new regime coming in, it’s hard to see the team remaining competitive for 2022.

Teams would be wise to call the Vikings to see if they would be willing to part with some of their veterans.  They have two studs in Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson, but it seems like the rest of the roster could be in play.

Denver Broncos trade ideas with the Vikings

1. Kirk Cousins, QB

The Broncos need a quarterback and Kirk Cousins is a good one.  He threw for 33 touchdowns this year on just 7 interceptions behind a poor Vikings offensive line.

With the Broncos’ current offensive weaponry and league average offensive line, Cousins would thrive in Denver.

He’s currently option three for me if the team fails to land Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson.

Kirk Cousins would give the Denver Broncos much-needed stability and would allow them to sniff around the draft board this year and in future years to try and find a longer-term option with more upside.

Cousins won’t wow you with a crazy throw or make a big play with his legs, but he’s an efficient passer, and not many other quarterbacks in the NFL can say that.

I would ask Broncos fans to have an open mind if the team trades for Cousins.

Sure, he isn’t Mahomes, but his stats over the past four years are very comparable, or even better than some elite quarterbacks in the NFL.