Kevin SeifertESPN staff writer3 minutes to read
EAGAN, MINNESOTA — Kirk Cousins gave a Kirk Cousins-like response when asked about intensifying public discussion about the possibility of the Minnesota Vikings trying to deal him elsewhere before the NFL trade deadline on October 31.
“You know, I’m very focused on the Bears and going 1-0 this week,” Cousins said Wednesday. “Anything else is not worth my time, energy, or attention.”
When first asked if there was any scenario in which he might consider waiving the no-trade clause in his contract, Cousins declined to address that hypothesis.
He’s set to be out of contract next March, after the franchise tag deadline, meaning he has a guaranteed path to the free agent market if he wants one.
The Vikings have lost four of five games and will be without star receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) for at least four games after he was officially placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
The Vikings, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, have twice the chance of being selected in the top 10 in the 2024 draft (41.5%) than they do of making the playoffs (20.3%), raising questions among the media and fans about whether or not the team will do so. . We look to offload players at the trade deadline.
Cousins would have to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal, and he made clear on Wednesday that he did not want to add more to the public discussion surrounding it.
In fact, he insisted that he was not aware of the public debate at all.
“Ignorance is bliss,” Cousins said, “and I’m really ignorant. I don’t really have access to a lot, and I try to do it by design. So it’s very intentional.”
“Aside from high school friends who would text me about what they’re reading…I really don’t know what’s going on. I was isolated sometimes to the point of being a little naive and stupid, but I was ‘rather mistaken for this aspect rather than consuming everything…it takes your focus away from what’s important and what’s going to help you play well.”
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