Debrief: Vikings’ quarterback conundrum the talk of Indianapolis

Gregg Rosenthal is writing daily Debriefs during the week of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. This edition explores the Vikings’ biggest question mark, as well as other Thursday developments in Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS — The biggest question bouncing off the walls in drinking holes around Lucas Oil Stadium this week concerns what the Vikings will do at quarterback.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport guessed that Kirk Cousins would land in Minnesota during a stopover on the Around The NFL Podcast, but Rapsheet said not to rule out the Cardinals as a dark-horse option. The Jets might have the most guaranteed money to offer, while Broncos executive John Elway displayed a mix of confidence and anxiety that he could land his man to move past a nightmarish 2017.

“Life is too short to rebuild in the NFL,” Elway said.

Cousins is the safest option available to avoid doing so, and it’s shaping up to be a four-team race to sign him. That leaves teams like the Broncos and Vikings making contingency plans if Cousins spurns them. One of the most surprising developments this week is the growing wisdom that Minnesota’s Option B could be re-signing Sam Bradford rather than Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater.

Reading between the lines of Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s comments Thursday, the organization

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