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Kirk Cousins trade Rumors

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.


Potential Trade destinations for Kirk Cousins


Kirk Cousins – If the Redskins get a Third Round offer, trade him


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  • rick staley

    Kirk Cousins to the Browns for their 2nd round selection (regardless what Alex Smith brought in return to the 49′ers). It is still a capitalistic money churn where the NFL owners are concerned. I do agree that Cousins should not give the Skins a return any higher than the 3rd round selection as you mentioned.

    Moreover, If an ownwer wants or is convinced by his GM to make a move, usually it is at the market price for such commodity. However, desires and expectations can cause some to struggle with total value of certain pieces during acquisition…imho.

    Thus, since lil’ Shanny loves Cousins, it would be feasible for the Browns OC to talk Jimmy Haslam into overpaying for Kirk. Shanny would not have to invest any of his time into getting to know this QB’s strengths & weaknesses, he could construct the playbook similar to what the Skins O has done in last couple of seasons as well. Also, even more important is the fact that Shanny already has a trust built into Cousins, and Kirk has already went on record several times praising his former HC & OC too.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I agree Rick, Cousins connection with Shanahan makes sense, but the only thing is the Browns already have a quarterback that I think is comparable to or maybe even better than Cousins in, Brian Hoyer. Plus, the Browns will more than likely draft a rookie QB, so why give up a second round pick for Cousins?

      • rick staley

        Maurice: Although the latest scuttlebutt has the Browns starting Hoyer, and Weeden demanding to be traded prior to camp, the Browns are such a dysfunctional organization that trading for Cousins (using 2nd round pick) seemingly is a safer bet than using it on a 1st or 2nd round QB with zero NFL experience. They need to upgrade O-Line and RB sooner than grooming another QB draft mistake like the Texas signal caller from a couple of years back & Weeden.

        Haslam has stirred up the murky waters of the dog pound to the point that nothing really surprises me anymore when news is generated from Cleveland’s front office of confusion. More than likely your point of view regarding Cousins will come true. Thanks for the good read!

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Thanks for the comments Rick. I think if Johnny Manziel is on the board when the Browns pick, they will snatch him up quick. The Browns are dysfunctional, but they need a star player too, and Manziel will give them that.

          And judging by what’s going on with the Browns front office, Cousins’ connection to the Browns, Kyle Shanahan may not be around for long. But we’ll see.

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