Minnesota Vikings General Manager Kwesi-Adofo Mensah has recently stated interest in trading for a viable backup Quarterback incase of a Kirk Cousins injury or another positive Covid test for Kirk Cousins.
#1: Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders (Trade)
Taylor Heinicke will find himself as the third-string Quarterback in Washington heading into the 2022 season, although Heinicke isn’t starting caliber, he has shown he has some ability to make plays and be a reliable backup. In 2021, Heinicke threw for 3,419 YDS, 20 TD – 15 INT, and a 85.9 Passer rating. Heinecke is more than able to step in for a game or two and play serviceable football with a great supporting cast in Minnesota.
#2: Nick Mullens, Philadelphia Eagles (Trade)
Nick Mullens will also be a third-string Quarterback heading into the 2022 season, and is more than capable of being a good backup. Mullens had some success with the San Francisco 49ers filling in for Jimmy Garoppolo a lot, with a good amount of help on the team Mullens has the ability to play decent football.
#3: Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (Sign)
I am projecting Panthers QB Sam Darnold will be released before the start of the season, as the Panthers have not found a trade partner. In this case the Vikings would sign Darnold shortly before the start of the season, Darnold would be an ideal starter, but he is better than Sean Mannion as he has some ability to stretch the ball down the field. If this is for one or two games I guess it would be okay.
#4: Kyle Allen, Houston Texans (Trade)
Kyle Allen is currently the Backup Quarterback for the Houston Texans, and has starting experience for the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Commanders. Allen would be a solid option at backup for the Vikings mostly because of starting experience and being a veteran QB.
#5: Cam Newton, Free Agent (Sign)
Cam Newton is well past his prime, and it showed last season in his short stint with the Carolina Panthers, but Newton would be cheap and offers leadership, and rushing ability. Newton isn’t ideal, but this would be a last resort type of deal.