Does Kevin Stefanski want Kirk Cousins as the Cleveland Browns quarterback? If so, a deal could be much easier to reach now.
It was announced last week that the Vikings were hiring Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager. Adofo-Mensah who previously worked for the Cleveland Browns, brings a new set of ties that could make things interesting moving forward.
Not only does the head coach, Kevin Stefanski have ties to Minnesota, but now Berry has a similar relationship at the GM level. The big question now is, what will the brand-new Minnesota Vikings want to do moving forward?
Does this situation make things easier or harder for the Browns to trade for Kirk Cousins?
One thing is for certain, the $45 million in cap that Cousins is set to eat in 2022 likely isn’t going to fly. A new general manager and a new head coach will want to bring in their own talent. Cousins has been good sometimes even great, but nowhere near elite during his Vikings tenure. There is a good chance the organization will want to part ways.
On one hand, this makes things easier for the Browns to swoop in if they are interested. The relationship is already there, and there could be a mutual interest which is key in getting a deal done.
However, I could see the relationship between Adofo-Mensah and Berry also being a roadblock. As the new man in charge, Adofo-Mensah won’t want to look weak, and trading with his old team could be a bad look (in some people’s opinion).
If the Vikings are ready to move on from Cousins, he’s willing to re-structure his deal, and the Browns have a home to trade Baker Mayfield, there is very little downside. Your worst-case scenario is that Mayfield shines somewhere else, but after last season that may be a risk you have to take.