In answer to a question regarding the public speculation that the Minnesota Vikings would try to trade him before the NFL’s trade deadline on October 31, Kirk Cousins had a very Kirk Cousins-like reaction.
Cousins declined to respond when asked for the first time if there was ever a situation in which he would think about waiving the no-trade clause in his contract.
His deal is scheduled to expire in March of 2019 after the franchise tag deadline, giving him a sure route to the free agent market if he so chooses.
The outstanding receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring), who has missed the last four games for the Vikings due to injury, will be out for at least four more contests.
The Vikings have a 41.5% chance of selecting in the top 10 of the 2024 draft compared to a 20.3% likelihood of making the playoffs, which has the media and fans wondering whether the team would try to offload players at the trade deadline.
To make a deal possible, Cousins would have to renounce his no-trade clause, but he made it clear on Wednesday that he didn’t want to add to the public debate over it.
In fact, he asserted that he was completely unaware of the public debate.