Chicago Bears get in on Kirk Cousins trade buzz with these deals

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The rumor mill is alive and well, and Kirk Cousins is the latest name thrown in. Could the Chicago Bears be a fit?

Now, before Bears fans get their panties in a bundle over Cousins, let’s take a step back.

As much as Bears fans love to poke fun at Cousins at times, the fact of the matter is, he’s a very good quarterback. Maybe he’s not elite, but Cousins would be an enormous upgrade for the Bears.

We’re talking about a quarterback who threw for 4,265 yards and 35 touchdowns with just 13 picks in 2020. That would be a career year for any former Bears quarterback.

The fact of the matter is, Cousins has had his moments, both good and bad. He’s had a rough go on prime time. That much is true. But, he’s also had plenty of bright spots; more so than his dim spots.

As of late, the rumors have a potential Cousins for Jimmy Garoppolo swap as an option with the San Francisco 49ers. But, if the Vikings would really entertain offers for Cousins, why shouldn’t the Bears at least do their due diligence?

We’ve done a thorough job covering what it would take for the Bears to land several veteran quarterback options this offseason, and Cousins is no different. How could the Bears potentially make the Vikings listen to an offer for their quarterback?

One thing to remember with each one of these trades: the Vikings would use any draft capital from the Bears to package and move up to select a franchise quarterback for their future. Currently, they own the 14th pick this year.

Minnesota would likely have to package that 14th pick with some capital given to them from Chicago and move up inside the top eight picks to select a top-4 quarterback.