The bad news for the Vikings is that their three veteran quarterbacks are due to hit the open market. The good news is that the Vikings can sign any quarterback they want, whether he played for the team last year or didn’t.

The best news could be the Kirk Cousins is one of those available quarterbacks.

Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, appearing on Friday with Paul Allen on KFAN in Minneapolis, was asked to describe what he knows about Cousins.

“Obviously, I know a pretty good deal about him because we’re in the same division you know the last two seasons,” DeFilippo said. “And I’ve had to compete against Kirk at some other places I’ve been. So obviously Kirk’s a heck of a football player. He’s got a lot of skills. He’s accurate. He’s got plenty of arm strength, and does some really nice thing. I mean, Kirk’s a very good quarterback.”

While that’s a far cry from DeFilippo saying “we’re going to pursue Cousins,” it keeps Cousins in play for Minnesota, if the Vikings will be accepting Cousins’ input when the time comes to pick a quarterback for 2018 and beyond.