It’s been reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins is open to be traded. I can’t say I blame him, but at this point it’s not a sure thing. I stated if the Redskins could get a third round pick for Cousins then they should jump on it, as they have many needs to fill at other positions.
Some fans and pundits still believe that Cousins is still a threat to start ahead of Robert Griffin III, but I just don’t see it. I think Cousins performance in his three starts late last season only served to solidify RGIII as the starter for next season. Cousins had his chance to prove he could start for the Redskins but he couldn’t get it done.
However, the question to be asked, is Cousins better than any quarterback a team might draft in the third round? And I think the answer is yes. Cousins value is in the third round not higher. The 49ers got a second round pick from the Chiefs for Alex Smith, and Cousins isn’t as good as Alex Smith, so his value is lower.
The Redskins drafted Cousins with a fourth round pick, so getting a third rounder for him is good value. This is a deep draft, and the Redskins could use extra picks. The Redskins shouldn’t hold on to this idea of Mike Shanahan’s, that Cousins is better than RGIII. If that sentiment is still there, then they should let it go.
Do everything in their power to prepare RGIII, and to keep him healthy, so the backup quarterback rarely ever plays at all. And Cousins has potential, but there’s no guarantee that he will ever become an above average starter in the NFL. So why not get something for him while his value is at its highest?
I’ve already pointed out some teams that might want to trade for Cousins. One team being talked about is the Cleveland Browns, now that Kyle Shanahan is the offensive coordinator there. And it’s possible, but odds are the Browns will draft a rookie especially if Johnny Manziel is on the board.
But Cousins would be an upgrade over what they currently have. So if Cousins wants to be traded, I say the Redskins should go for it.