Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent in the upcoming offseason, following his season-ending Achilles tendon injury during a game against the Green Bay Packers. Despite criticisms in his NFL career, Cousins was having a strong season before the injury. Speculations abound that the Minnesota Vikings might look for a new franchise quarterback.

Amidst this, Justin Jefferson, the standout wide receiver for the Vikings, has voiced his staunch support for Cousins, praising his leadership and game control. Jefferson, widely regarded as one of the NFL’s best receivers, is on the verge of entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and is likely to secure a significant extension. He has expressed a strong desire to continue catching passes from Cousins in 2024.

Highlighting their great connection, Jefferson spoke about the invaluable role Cousins played for him and the team, both as a player and a leader. Despite the injury sidelining Cousins for several weeks, his impressive stats before that, including 2,331 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions in eight games, continue to speak volumes about his performance.

Attending his first game post-injury, Cousins provided Jefferson with added motivation before the All-Pro receiver was introduced to the home crowd. Jefferson stressed the depth of their relationship and connection, emphasizing that their synergy goes beyond what is observed on the field.

While Jefferson refrained from explicitly pushing for a particular quarterback choice for the remainder of the season, he commended rookie Jaren Hall for his potential and development, hinting at the confidence the team has in whoever takes on the quarterback role.

As the Vikings navigate their quarterback situation, the support from key players like Jefferson underscores the significance of Cousins’ potential return to the team for the upcoming season.

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