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Report: Browns not chasing Kirk Cousins, but 3 other teams tried, failed

Report: Browns not chasing Kirk Cousins, but 3 other teams tried, failed

Cleveland will not be in the running to trade for Kirk Cousins, per a new report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

And while the Browns are not expected to chase the Redskins passer, three other teams tried and got shot down, per Cabot's report. 

It's been a busy Tuesday for Kirk Cousins news.

The day started with the Redskins quarterback joining ESPN's Adam Schefter on his podcast and declaring that he never requested a trade out of Washington. 

That runs contrary to a Chris Mortensen report from last week that said Cousins asked about a trade and was told by Washington owner Dan Snyder that it wasn't going to happen.

On Schefter's podcast, Cousins explained he went to Snyder and Bruce Allen, but not for a trade, more to ask what was the organization's plan with the quarterback.

Prior to Cabot's report, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that he expected the Browns to make a run at trading for Cousins, something that CSN had heard similarly. Florio said that Cousins specifically did not want to be traded to Cleveland. 

All of the reports and speculation stem from the 'Skins inability to get a long-term deal done with Cousins, the quarterback that has broken the franchise's single season passing yards record in consecutive seasons. Last year, Cousins and Washington landed far apart in long-term contract discussions, and the QB played on a one-year franchise tag for the 2016 season.

This year, while talks have been more positive between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins, still the current course appears headed to another year on a franchise tag.

Could that change? Certainly. And quickly.

Perhaps it's a positive sign for contract talks that the Redskins are demanding significant compensation in any conversation about trading Cousins. From Cabot's report:

"[An offer from Cleveland is] not expected to happen because of the high compensation it would take to get Cousins, and because of the high salary he would command. The Browns would likely have to give up their No. 12 pick this year and most likely at least a first-rounder next year."

It's important to remember that in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, misinformation is more common than information. Teams will say one thing and do the opposite. 

The Browns have 11 picks in the 2017 Draft, including two in the first round. The Browns do not have a quarterback.

Tony Romo is likely available from Dallas for the right price, but of young QBs, Cousins and New England's Jimmy Garoppolo are the pick of the litter. Cousins is more accomplished, and reports have shown plenty of interest from around the NFL in trading for him. 

Only one thing can truly end the Cousins trade speculation: A long-term deal. Washington and Cousins have until July 15 to work on it, though the NFL Draft takes place the final week of April. 

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Need to Know: Facebook Redskins mailbag—Media disrespect, Cousins risk

Need to Know: Facebook Redskins mailbag—Media disrespect, Cousins risk

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 22, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 80 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 25
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 72

Fan questions—Facebook edition

I put up a post on Facebook to get some questions from fans and while I got a lot of good ones I didn’t get any that would require an answer long enough for a full post. So I picked some questions to answer rapid-fire style.

I will do the same thing with questions I got on Twitter tomorrow.

Marc, the reality is that the Redskins took a step back last year. Their record was worse and they didn’t make the playoffs. Looking at the recent history of the Redskins, what reason would an analyst have to think that they wouldn’t continue to backslide. Quite simply, the Redskins are going to have to prove it on the field if pundits are going to predict that they will improve from year to year.

He takes risk but how much depends on why the hypothetical decline in his numbers happened. Is it simply because they passed less often? Was he less accurate? Did the receivers have trouble getting open and/or drop a lot of passes? Did game situations differ? Where there injury issues? NFL teams aren’t simply going to look at top-line numbers and determine his value from there. The “whys” will be very important.

I’m very confident that Su’a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger will be an upgrade over what they had at safety last year. Neither is going to the Pro Bowl but the new safeties should represent more than baby steps towards impriving the position. I also ask you to recall all of the talk of Josh Norman getting burned in training camp last year. He turned out to be pretty good.

I don’t make much out of them. He’s not going to bluff anyone into thinking that Nate Sudfeld is going to be a 2018 replacement for Cousins. And Mike McCartney isn’t going let a Williams “take one for the team” statement affect what he sees as a fair deal for his client. Carry on.

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Former NFL GM lays out some staggering numbers in potential Kirk Cousins deal

Former NFL GM lays out some staggering numbers in potential Kirk Cousins deal

Charley Casserly is tired of people talking about Kirk Cousins' potential new contract with the Redskins without talking potential numbers, so on Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Redskins Training Camp on CSN, he came up with some of his own.

Feel free to fill up a cold glass of water before you hear them, though. Maybe two glasses, actually, because the numbers are quite large.

The ex-GM took into consideration the money Cousins is set to make in 2017 because of the franchise tag and then outlined the deal from there. In the end, he settled on $81 million as the minimum amount of guaranteed dollars the Redskins must offer the QB, and even at that point, he still isn't sure an agreement would happen.

To hear how he arrived to that staggering number, watch the full video in the video player above. And maybe get a refill for that water, too.

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