If middle ground in contract talks can be found, Kirk Cousins will be back with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2024-25 season.

Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on Wednesday provided a clear answer when asked if he wants Cousins back as the team’s quarterback next season.

“Yeah. I’ve been pretty consistent with that. Kirk the player is somebody that, as we saw what he does to this team, I thought we were playing really good football before he got injured. It’s the most important position in sports. It ultimately always comes down to can you find an agreement that works for both sides and all those things, but as a player it’s certainly my intention to have him back here,” Adofo-Mensah said.

Adofo-Mensah indicated that contract talks will happen and that both sides have an awareness of each other’s needs and wants.

“These aren’t new conversations that are happening. Each side kind of understands the other and we’re going to go have those conversations and see where we end up,” Adofo-Mensah said.

Cousins, who will be 36 when the 2024-25 season kicks off, is also recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his season on Oct. 29.

If Cousins re-signs, the Vikings could still take a quarterback high in the NFL Draft.

“It’s the most important position in our sport so you want to be thinking long term and short term,” the GM said. “The Vikings are going to pursue actions that help us in both windows and that’s open to any position in the draft, whether we picked 11th or 23rd.”

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