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Florio: Vikings 'playing a dangerous game of chicken' with Kirk Cousins

NBC talking head believes Vikings must have deal done before NFL Combine.
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Lost in the abyss of post-Super Bowl madness was a very strong string of words exiting the mouth of Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, who was adamant on his show that the Vikings are running out of time if they want to bring Kirk Cousins back in 2024. 

Florio, citing conversations he had during Super Bowl week, said the Falcons and Steelers "are the two teams to watch" if Cousins doesn't re-sign with Minnesota. He then took a step further by saying Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, head coach Kevin O'Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah are "playing a dangerous game of chicken."

"If they want him they're screwing this up because if they wait to see what someone else will offer before they make their best offer, they will have waited too long," Florio said. 

Florio believes the Vikings will lose Cousins to a better offer if they don't sign him before the NFL Combine starts in Indianapolis on Feb. 26. 

"The Vikings are playing a dangerous game of chicken here if they want him. Maybe they don't and they're looking for a way to ease out of it. But if they want him, Zygi, Mark, Kevin, Kwesi, you're going to blow it. You need to get it done now. You definitely need to get it done before Mike McCartney, his agent, goes to Indianapolis and has all the tampering meetings that we know are going to occur," Florio said. 

"Because he's going to come out of Indy knowing exactly what the Falcons will pay, exactly what anyone else will pay and it's going to be too late. I guarantee you. You got 10 days, Vikings. You got 10 days. The clock is ticking. You got 10 days. If you wait, Kirk's going to be gone. And if you don't want him, that's fine. But if you want him, you better get your asses moving."

You can watch the full segment with Florio here

Keep in mind that Cousins has repeated many times that contract talks typically don't start until late February or early March, so take Florio's confident claim with a grain of salt.

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