Late last season, former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan bragged that he thought the team could get a first round draft pick from trading backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. As Cousins was given the start in the final three games of the 2013 season to rest regular starter Robert Griffin III, but to also showcase him for a potential trade.
And while the results were mixed, it’s doubtful the Redskins could get a first round pick for Cousins. But a third round pick might be a realistic price to pay for a team in need of a potential starter at quarterback. It would need to be a third round pick because the Redskins used a fourth round pick to draft Cousins, so they’d want to earn value on the trade.
Although Cousins didn’t exactly light it up as the starter the last three games, the state of the team was such at the time that it wasn’t the best situation for a quarterback to be look his best. Mike Shanahan was on the verge of being fired, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wasn’t on very good standing with the team due to his father.
And while some teams will solve their quarterback problems by drafting a new one. Others may have more pressing needs to address with their first few picks, and only want to bring in some competition for their starter. Or teams who want a fall back option, just in case their starter isn’t up to the task of maintaining a hold on the job.
One team that comes to mind is the New York Jets, where rookie starter Geno Smith looked good at times, but struggled at times as well. And the Jets backup situation isn’t that good either. As Matt Simms did and OK job considering his inexperience, and former starter Mark Sanchez looks to be headed out the door.
Another team is the Tennessee Titans. Their starter Jake Locker, has potential but is often injured. And their backup Ryan Fitzpatrick has filled in well in relief, but isn’t really capable of being a long-term answer. The Oakland Raiders have a question mark at quarterback too, and Kirk Cousins might be an upgrade over what they have now.
If the Redskins can’t get at least a third round pick for Cousins, I think they’ll hold on to him. While there are still some fans who think he’d make a better starter than Robert Griffin III, I’m not convinced of that. But he’s still adequate as a backup, and with RGIII’s history of injuries, it may be smart to hold on to Cousins just in case.