Vikings Hire Quarterbacks Coach With Ties To Kirk Cousins

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The Minnesota Vikings have hired a quarterbacks coach with ties to Kirk Cousins amid his looming free agency.

The Vikings announced the hiring of Josh McCown on their official website and social media accounts Tuesday (February 27). McCown, 44, who played quarterback for 12 teams in 18 seasons and worked as the Carolina Panthers' quarterbacks coach in 2023, shares an agent, Mike McCartney with Cousins, who is set to become a free agent this offseason.

On Tuesday (February 27), Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell reiterated that he wants Cousins to return in 2024, but acknowledged that the negotiation process must be navigated correctly.

"Kirk Cousins knows how I feel about him. I've held no secrets there. He knows how the Minnesota Vikings feel about him. I believe Kirk wants to be a Viking, and we're going to work to try to make that the outcome," O'Connell said via Pro Football Talk. "I think anytime you go into situations like this, it is a negotiation, and we're trying to come to an agreement that works for both sides, as we not only build our football team for 2024, but we're trying to do some things to help us sustain for the future as well. ... I feel like we're heading toward a good place with Kirk, but like we've seen, free agency and the uncertainties for this time of year, you've got to be ready in a leadership role to have contingency plans and adjust on the fly."

O'Connell had previously worked with Cousins as a quarterbacks coach in 2017 during their shared tenure with the now-Washington Commanders prior to being hired as the Vikings' head coach ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

Cousins, 35, posted two clips of himself dropping back to pass and throwing a football on a tennis court Monday (February 26), nearly four months after suffering his season-ending injury in October.

"Almost 4 months in now…encouraged by the progress! Grateful tor all the help around us," Cousins wrote on his X account.

Cousins underwent successful Achilles surgery on November 1, three days after suffering the injury during a win against the Green Bay Packers on October 29.

"Surgery was a success! Grateful for your prayers, Dr. Coetzee’s abilities, and our medical team. Would appreciate continued prayers! One day at a time…," Cousins wrote in a post shared on his X account at the time, which included a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

Cousins threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns on 23 of 31 passing prior to exiting the game. The 35-year-old entered Week 3 with the third-most passing yards (2,057) and second-most passing touchdowns (16) among all NFL quarterbacks.

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