What do they all have? A Super Bowl ring.
Cousins, of course, will need help around him – as every quarterback does. The Vikings have gone to great lengths to reorganize their defense during the offseason, so this unit should be able to give it a few more possessions this year.
There’s a load of talented players around him too, and Minnesota have invested heavily in the offensive line in the last few drafts to help protect him up front.
The pieces appear to be in place for Cousins to take the Vikings into a deep playoff run this season. I have no doubt that he would prefer that to the garish statistics.
I just wonder why the Vikings didn’t recruit an experienced goalie or attacking tackle. Yes, they wrote one of each, but they are rookies and there is no experience behind them.
And speaking of that offensive line in front of Cousins, Gerald has an investigation into this group of positions.
As I mentioned above, nearly all of Minnesota’s free agency resources this offseason have gone to defense.
Minnesota brought back former players who were slated to become free agents (Rashod Hill and Dakota Dozier) and traded a sixth-round pick to acquire Arizona inside lineman Mason Cole.
I’m not saying any of these players are Pro Bowlers, but they have 76 combined starts between them. Cole leads the way with 32, while Dozier has 27 and Hill has 17.
Hill (left tackle) and Dozier (right guard) worked with the first team offense during the offseason schedule, but rookies Christian Darrisaw (left tackle) and Wyatt Davis (right guard) could certainly land starting roles with strong performances in training camp and preseason.
If that ends up being the case, these three would be solid backups with the experience you are looking for.