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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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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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