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Report: Kirk Cousins concerned about potential trade to Browns as speculation mounts

Report: Kirk Cousins concerned about potential trade to Browns as speculation mounts

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.

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.

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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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