As it stands, the Detroit Lions seem content with rolling with Jared Goff as their quarterback in 2022, and depending on how he performs, he could be around even longer.
Because of that, it seems pretty unlikely that the Lions will select a quarterback No. 2 overall but could they decide to trade for a signal-caller?
In a piece recently published on Fansided, Adam Patrick lists three potential “dark horse” trade destinations for Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins.
One of those teams is the Detroit Lions.
Here is what Patrick has to say about a potential trade that would send Cousins to the Motor City.
Inter-division trades don’t happen very often, especially when quarterbacks are involved. But would the Vikings turn down a deal for Kirk Cousins if the Lions were willing to send over one of their two first-round picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft?
Even if Detroit does offer Minnesota a first-round pick, it might come with the stipulation that the Vikings have to take Jared Goff in the deal. However, this is something that Minnesota might actually be fine with since acquiring Goff in exchange for Cousins would create almost $25 million in cap space for the Vikings.
Plus, Goff has a history with new Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell. In 2020 when O’Connell was in his first season as the Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator, Goff was his starting quarterback.
As for Cousins, the Lions are a team that he probably wouldn’t mind suiting up for since they play their home games in the same state that he grew up in. With his career in the NFL getting closer to the end, perhaps he would enjoy spending his last few years in the league suiting up for his hometown team.
Personally, I do not see any possible way that this trade goes down as the Lions are looking for their quarterback of the future and trading draft capital (and Goff) for Cousins, who is already 33 years old, just does not make sense for a team that is still rebuilding.
Nation, would you make this deal?