Purple Rumor Mill: Cousins ​​Last Laugh, Jim Marshall HOF, Nwangwu Enhanced Role

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VikingsTerritoryit is purple rumor mill is a chronicle of two days each week. All of the week’s rumors are lassoed and filed in two places – the Saturday and Sunday articles – for review. Today is the July 10 edition.

Remember – rumors are rumors. What you read over the weekend in these articles is what the world is talking about regarding the Vikings, not necessarily things that will come to fruition.



Rumor: Kirk Cousins ​​and the Vikings had the final say on the Carolina Panthers, who allegedly mocked the Vikings for a Cousins ​​trade proposal.

November 18, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports.

Once upon a time, the Panthers front office would have mocked the Vikings for a proposed asset swap involving Cousins.

Last March, Jonathan Alexander of Charlotte Observer reported, “Additionally, while there were reports that the Panthers made inquiries about cousins ​​in Minnesota, two sources said that call never happened. The coaching staff and front office were actually in a meeting when they heard the news and laughed it off.

Now sites like fan side run with the idea that the Vikings had the last word.

The whole story is a bit silly. If that “last laugh” thing means anything, it can’t be judged until Cousins ​​and Baker Mayfield play a full season under their new coaches. Of course, if the Vikings light up the NFL and go deep into the playoffs, the Panthers will look stupid in hindsight.

Still, there’s also a chance for Mayfield to shine in Carolina — on the cheap. Like any trade, it takes time to evaluate.

Rumor: Jim Marshall could actually be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jim Marshall steps into the Hall of Fame
jim marshall

Marshall has indeed revived the hope of entering the Hall of Fame, a group that should welcome him. Twenty-five semi-finalists were announced last week.

The Vikings legend ranks 22nd all-time in sacks and has never missed a game for Minnesota — like never. He started 270 games and played at a high level. It would be like a Vikings rookie this year starting every game until the end of 2037.

Marshall is a three-time All-Pro and a two-time Pro Bowler. His longevity and stats of eating purple people deserve Canton. Vikings fans and pundits have been calling for it for years, so it would be quite a victory lap for Marshall if it comes to fruition.

Rumor: Kene Nwangwu, not Alexander Mattison, could slip into the team’s RB2 role for 2022.

November 28, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox – USA TODAY Sports

This one originates from Paul Allen of KFAN, who was a guest on the Vikings YouTube channel. Allen said of Nwangwu possibly on Mattison, “Mattison would be prohibitively favored, but everything is new. So Alex don’t come in and say, Oh, I know this room. I know that. I know that. I like this. It’s brand new, and Kene is fast. If Kene can catch passes, then he can usurp Alexander.

If the Vikings turned to using running backs as pass catchers – like a big hug – Nwangwu would have the advantage. He’s faster than Mattison, and the working theory is that Kevin O’Connell will sponsor the speed.

However, in college, Nwangwu was not a prolific pigskin receiver – he had seven receptions in four years at Iowa State – so this rumor should be filed under the perhaps Category.

Allen is also high on rookie WR Jalen Nailor.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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