It's that time of the NFL offseason. All the draft picks have been made, all the coaches hired, and (nearly) all the free agents signed. And with the preseason still a month and a half away, the football media-sphere starts trying to fill time with some truly astounding hot takes.
Analyst and former quarterback Chris Simms floated the idea that if San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggles in Year 2 of his five-year, $137 million contract, head coach Kyle Shanahan could make a move for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, whom Shanahan coached for two years in Washington.
"Yes, if the 49ers underperform, I could see them going after Kirk Cousins."— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) June 19, 2019
One NFL analyst thinks Jimmy Garoppolo could be replaced if 2019 goes awry.https://t.co/kwuF9Kc6JK pic.twitter.com/6RMCw2upcS
Where to start on this one?
Although the 49ers can technically cut Jimmy G after this year and only suffer $4.2 million in dead cap money, that seems highly unlikely given the confluence of talent around a fully healthy Garoppolo this season. But would they possibly expect the Vikings to graciously eat a large portion of the $28 million they owe fully guaranteed to Cousins in 2020 to faciliate a deal? I'll answer that for you: no.
Finally, if Cousins does flame out in Minnesota, how likely is it that he would land on his feet with yet another starting job? If Garoppolo flames out in San Francisco, will Shanahan even be there for another year? This is about as spicy as takes get, Chris.
And then you’ll see John & Kyle get fired. “let’s trade for another QB with one of the most expensive contacts”... sounds like a bs report??— Great White Buffalo (@DakotaLynch) June 19, 2019
In Madden's franchise mode, this move could work. In the real world, there are too many moving parts and financial difficulties to make this scaldingly hot take a reality.