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Which Players Are Better off with a New Team?

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback  Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on August 29, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 12, 2012

Sometimes NFL players simply are on the wrong team. 

You know, that budding running back that simply can't get touches because he's behind an All-Pro. Remember Michael Turner in San Diego behind LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego? 

How about the capable backup who flashes brilliance in relief duty? Matt Schaub as an Atlanta Falcon ring a bell? 

These three players would be much better off on a different team. 

 

Kirk Cousins

When Cousins, filling in for an injured Robert Griffin III, threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss in the fourth quarter to take the lead against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, the masses were quick to jump to the conclusion that the Washington Redskins had two young and tremendously promising quarterbacks. 

Then, the Michigan State alum crashed his own party by throwing interceptions in consecutive possessions, all but ending the 'Skins chance at a colossal upset victory. 

While the ending to his relief effort wasn't memorable for Redskins' fans, it's pretty clear that Cousins has NFL starter potential. 

For the time being, sure, he'll be a capable and exciting back to Robert Griffin III in Washington. 

But eventually, one would have to think that Cousins, when he's confident enough, will want to explore new avenues in his career—like getting a shot as a starter. 

For the time being, this promising youngster who'll always be tied to RG3 and most likely behind him on the depth chart, is OK in a Redskins uniform.

However, you can't tell me a handful of teams wouldn't consider the 24-year-old signal-caller right now or at season's end. Griffin III would probably be better off with a veteran mentor backup, anyway. And the Redskins, well, they could use some draft picks. 

 

Tim Tebow

I know, Tebow is on the cusp of starting for the New York Jets. He has to be. Mark Sanchez isn't even completing 50 percent of his passes and hasn't demonstrated that uncanny and relatively surprising clutch gene that popped up on occasion in his first few seasons with Gang Green. 

Who knows if Tebow will ever get considerable playing time under center for Rex Ryan. As it currently stands, Tebow has thrown two passes and been utilized on 14 run plays—the definition of a decoy or, probably more correctly, a marketing sideshow. 

Kansas City Chiefs fans are fed up with the poor quarterback play they've endured with Matt Cassel under center the last two years, but wouldn't Tebow be a great fit in the run-heavy offense as a change-of-pace complementing Jamaal Charles?

Most likely, Tebow wouldn't flourish as the franchise signal-caller, but you'd have to think he could be successful as a frequently used wildcat quarterback or short-yardage runner.

Maybe Tebow is thrust into the starting lineup and turns the Jets around. However, that's doubtful. Either way, is the future really that bright for Tebow in New York?

 

Matt Flynn

Flynn was supposed to be the franchise quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The gig was his. Then, the underdog story of the 2012 draft class, Russell Wilson, was selected, and Flynn was outplayed in training camp and the preseason. 

Suddenly, the LSU alum found himself, again, as a backup. 

No, Wilson isn't as cemented into the starting role in Seattle as Aaron Rodgers is in Green Bay, but Flynn can't be too thrilled with his current job (unless he's happy making millions while holding the clipboard on the sidelines, which, obviously, is possible).

Flynn displayed fine quarterbacking skills with the Packers last season and wasn't totally inept in his preseason action with the Seahawks this August. 

There are a faction of quarterback needy teams that would love the chance to work with Flynn and try to develop him into the face of their franchise. 

He is a safe backup option to Wilson in the Pacific Northwest right now, but he could be better utilized on another NFL squad. 

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