Redskins To Shop Kirk Cousins?

With quarterback Kirk Cousins unsigned as free agency approaches, the Redskins are willing to weigh their options with the 28-year-old and could entertain trading him, a Washington source told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link). In addition to the previously reported 49ers, the Browns would likely chase Cousins if the Redskins were to shop him, according to Cole.

The 49ers would consider surrendering the No. 2 pick in the draft to land Cousins, per Cole, which jibes with what ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote Friday. Plus, with Kyle Shanahan set to take over as San Francisco’s head coach, the team would have an obvious connection to Cousins. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington during Cousins’ rookie year, 2012. Cousins only attempted 48 passes that season as the backup to then-rookie sensation and now-Brown Robert Griffin III, but he might have ended up in a different organization if not for Shanahan. The Redskins used a fourth-round pick to select Cousins, and Shanahan was “integral” in making that happen, according to Ian Rapoport of (via Conor Orr of

Kirk Cousins

Whether via the $23.94MM franchise tag or a long-term deal, Cousins will come at a high price tag next season. That wouldn’t pose a problem for the 49ers’ cap situation, as they currently have upward of $81MM in room as March nears. It would be even less of an issue for Cleveland, the only team with more spending space than the Niners. While the Browns will lose a large chunk of that $108MM-plus when linebacker Jamie Collinsmega-extension becomes official, they’ll still easily pace the NFL in available money.

In joining the Browns, who possess the first and 12th picks in this year’s draft, Cousins would head to a team with an offensive system akin to the Redskins’. Browns head coach Hue Jackson and the Redskins’ Jay Gruden were both offensive coordinators in Cincinnati before taking on their current roles and share similar philosophies.

Cleveland, which is coming off a one-win showing in Jackson’s first year at the helm, will have the opportunity to select any signal-caller it wants in the draft and is reportedly high on North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Unlike Trubisky, Watson or any other draft-bound QB, Cousins has already emerged as a quality pro and represents a far more established passer than anyone in this year’s flawed class. While Cousins alone wouldn’t turn the Browns into contenders, perhaps he’d help them accelerate their rebuild and start inching toward relevance.

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10 comments on “Redskins To Shop Kirk Cousins?

  1. stryk3istrukuout

    Wow, interesting. Do the Browns go for it? On one hand, they haven’t found a single cornerstone QB in the franchise’s existence and likely won’t in this draft. On the other hand, they probably lose the 1st pick (likely Myles Garrett per every mock draft I’ve seen) and maybe more. Plus, then you have to actually pay him premium money. As well, the alternatives are guys like McCarron and Garopollo who appear poised, but also haven’t proven a ton and will probably cost a first rounder also (just maybe not the number one pick). It’s also funny in some respects because Cousins would be stealing RG3’s job again. Personally, I think the Browns should stay the course and let Cousins be. He’s become one of the best QBs in the game, but he’ll be 29 by next season already. As well, I envision their personnel moves will help other QBs assimilate. While I think a Cousins addition would be fruitful, I think I’d rather see what’s up aead. Their defense obviously was garbage so it’s going to take more than a QB and the draft, if they draft well, should be a resource capable of filling many holes.

  2. jacobsigel1025

    If the Titans could get that big ass package for the pick that resulted in Jared Goff, I could only imagine what Washington could get for Cousins

  3. sals029

    Redskins should look to move Cousins if they can’t get a LT deal. In interviews Cousins doesn’t even give the obligatory I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I hope we can work something out comments. He always sounds like he has no desire to play in Washington, isn’t going to sign a deal, and would like to get out asap.

  4. Gino

    You can’t give up 100 million AND a bunch of high draft choices. So the Browns wouldn’t do it.
    Washington wouldn’t because what the hell are they going to do for a quarterback? Who would take on such a problem?
    Ain’t gonna happen.

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