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Need to Know: If the Redskins get an offer for Cousins should they trade him?

Need to Know: If the Redskins get an offer for Cousins should they trade him?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 16, 14 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Should the Redskins trade Cousins if they get an offer?

I heard an interesting report from Kevin Sheehan on ESPN 980 yesterday. He said that there is a belief around Redskins Park that the team could get as much as a third-round pick for backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

That would represent an increase in his value. Last year it was widely reported that the Browns offered a fourth-round pick for Cousins. The Redskins apparently wanted no worse than a second for him. The Browns would not up their offer and/or the Redskins would not lower their demand so no deal was made.

It appears that supply and demand may be driving Cousins’ value up. Last year there were three quarterbacks taken who appear to be their teams’ future at the position (Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Derek Carr) and another one who could hold that status (Zach Mettenberger). Plus there was Johnny Manziel, taken in the first round by the team that didn’t want to pay a second for Cousins.

This year the supply is lean. Jameis Winston is a character question mark, Marcus Mariota is a scheme question mark, and beyond those two there are projects. If a team needs a quarterback who can start this year or one that can serve as the primary backup, the trade market is likely to be a the way to go.

So, after a season where he played well at times but got a reputation for being a turnover machine, and one who didn’t react well after those turnovers, the short supply of quarterbacks in the draft could drive up the value of Cousins even though he has just one year left on his contract.

The question is, should the Redskins trade him? Are they better off with a third-round pick, Robert Griffin III as the starter, Colt McCoy as the backup, and a rookie or other inexperienced player as the third-string QB or with the status quo?

The answer depends on if Scot McCloughan and Jay Gruden believe that Cousins is a viable long-term starter for the Redskins if for whatever reasons they decide to let Griffin walk at the end of the year. If they don’t think he can be the starter, or at least a viable stopgap until they can find a franchise quarterback, then they absolutely have to hang on to him. A third-round pick isn’t worth it if they think there’s a chance Cousins could be the starter if Griffin falters.

But remember that Gruden buried Cousins on the bench the last half of the season. Perhaps he doesn’t believe the Cousins would be a good alternative to Griffin. In that case they should trade him for whatever they can get for him.

Timeline

—It’s been 109 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 150 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 4; 2015 NFL Draft 14; Redskins minicamp starts 61

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason. 

The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended. 

Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.

The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes. 

Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback. 

Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do. 

"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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