Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan predicted the Redskins could get a first round pick in a trade for Kirk Cousins. And while Cousins has looked very good at times while starting in place of Robert Griffin III, he hasn’t yet looked so good as to warrant a team offering a first round pick for his services.
But if the Redskins could get an offer for a third round pick, then I think they would need to take it. Considering the fact that Cousins was a fourth round pick, then the team would end up gaining some value on him, and more importantly get another high draft pick to use in fixing some of the many needs the teams has going into next season.
There may be a team out there willing to give up a second round pick for Cousins, but if there isn’t then surely he’s worth at least a third rounder. It’s low risk, and for teams like the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, and others, Cousins would be an upgrade over what they currently have if those teams don’t want to draft a rookie.
The San Francisco 49ers got a second round pick for Alex Smith. But I don’t think Cousins resume is on the level of Smith, so it’s unlikely the Redskins would get the same in value. But they need to get something for Cousins. Because at this point, I just don’t think it’s very a good idea to bring him back.
The last thing the Redskins need moving forward is a quarterback controversy. And the next head coach of the Redskins doesn’t need to be placed in the predicament of choosing between the two. RGIII is the franchise quarterback, and the Redskins need to do all they can to build around him, and not stay stuck in neutral wondering who the quarterback is?
And Cousins value may never be higher than it is right now, so they may need to strike while the iron is hot. Cousins is a great backup, but the Redskins need to create a situation where their backup quarterback rarely if ever plays. And not a situation where the backup QB has designs on being a starter.