Virtually all the talk about trading Kirk Cousins revolves around the Redskins cutting a deal with the 49ers, with Cousins negotiating a long-term deal with San Francisco as part of the process. But there could be another possibility in the picture.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, “there is a growing belief in some circles that the Browns will try to acquire Cousins via trade.”
A deal to the Browns would not involve Cousins signing a long-term contract with Cleveland, something he likely would be very reluctant to do. Since Cousins signed his franchise tag tender, the Redskins can trade him anywhere they want to. They could simply cut a deal and ship their quarterback off to Cleveland.
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Some teams would be wary of trading for a quarterback who essentially is on a one-year deal for almost $24 million. But in the Brock Osweiler deal the Browns showed that they are willing to pay $16 million this year for a quarterback they are likely to cut. Why wouldn’t they pay a Pro Bowl QB who will be their immediate starter $24 million?
Hue Jackson’s offense is very similar to Jay Gruden’s so adjusting wouldn’t be much of a problem. And he could be a hero in Cleveland if he’s even competent instead of trying to build on ever-mounting expectations in Washington.
The Browns hold the No. 12 pick in the draft, a pick acquired from the Eagles in the Carson Wentz trade last year. There was plenty of talk that they were going to try to use that pick to entice the Patriots to give up Jimmy Garoppolo, another quarterback who is slated to be a free agent in 2018. They could just send it to Washington for Cousins, who is just three years older than Garoppolo and far more accomplished.
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Note that Florio is passing along chatter here; “a growing belief in league circles” is a long way from a done deal. But it does shed light on the possibility that the Redskins could still get a decent return for Cousins in a quarterback hungry league without the complication of Cousins needing to consent to a deal. In fact, colleague JP Finlay has caught wind of it, too.
Last 24 hours I've heard similar https://t.co/25ntgFIynb— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) March 14, 2017
Again, this is not a firm report and there is a very good chance that it won’t happen. But this or something like it seems to be on the table.