Vikings acquire Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs in the wake of Kirk Cousins' season-ending injury.

Josh Dobbs is not set to start for the Arizona Cardinals this week, but there's a possibility he could see some playing time with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Arizona Cardinals are trading Josh Dobbs and a 2024 seventh-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round pick, as reported by NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The trade has been officially announced by both teams.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell mentioned on SiriusXM that rookie Jaren Hall is expected to start against the Atlanta Falcons. However, he indicated that there is a possibility Josh Dobbs could see some playing time as well.


The Vikings' move a day after quarterback Kirk Cousins' torn Achilles ended their season shows they won't go quietly. After three straight wins under Cousins, the Vikings are 4-4 and alive in a wide-open NFC playoff battle.


The trade of Josh Dobbs, who has been traded for the second time this year, may not come as a major surprise, especially in light of the recent change in stance by Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon on Monday.

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Gannon stated Dobbs would start again in Week 9 after Arizona's Week 8 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but on Monday, he shifted to Kyler Murray or Clayton Tune against the Cleveland Browns. Eight games and two months after trading a fifth-round pick for Dobbs, the Cardinals have a sixth.

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The Browns' depth chart names Dobbs their No. 2 quarterback this offseason. With Murray recovering, the Cardinals acquired him as their starter. Dobbs is moving again a week before his last squad's game.

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Fumbling in five straight games (eight on the season) and throwing interceptions in three of his last four have plagued Dobbs. He appears to be a specialist at rapid fixes for teams. The Tennessee Titans picked the 28-year-old journeyman over youngster Malik Willis for his first NFL start last season.

This year, Josh Dobbs found himself in the starting role for the Cardinals and now has the opportunity to offer the Vikings a seasoned option following Kirk Cousins' unfortunate injury.

He went from the NFL's poorest club to a second-place team with a quality receiving corps that may get Justin Jefferson (hamstring) back in a few weeks. In addition, the Vikings traded offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland to the Jaguars on Tuesday.

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