5 NFL Teams Who Must Start Trade Talks for Kirk Cousins Now

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

5 NFL Teams Who Must Start Trade Talks for Kirk Cousins Now

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    Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins is a player who several NFL teams should be attempting to trade for this offseason. 

    Cousins was a hot commodity in the 2012 NFL draft, but was a surprise pick by the Redskins in the fourth round, considering the team had already selected Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick. 

    In Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens, Cousins showed exactly why the Redskins took a chance on him. Cousins entered the game in the final moments and threw a touchdown pass followed by a successful two-point conversion. 

    Cousins would go on to lead the Redskins to victory in overtime against one of the best teams in the NFL. 

    With Cousins finally seeing some action and more than proving he has the potential to be an NFL quarterback, here are five teams that need to be on the phone with the Redskins[ organization when the offseason begins. 

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff finally made the smart move recently and decided to go away from second-year bust Blaine Gabbert. 

    However, the option they chose isn't much better. 

    Chad Henne certainly isn't the answer in Jacksonville, but Kirk Cousins could be. He could effectively utilize weapons such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Cecil Shorts while growing as a quarterback within the offense. 

    The Jaguars would be silly to pass on an opportunity to land Cousins. He's at least as good as Henne and could bring the team its first winning season since 2007. 

4. Arizona Cardinals

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    Arizona has given it a shot with two quarterbacks this season and it simply hasn't worked out for either of them.

    Both John Skelton and Kevin Kolb have failed, so it's time to move on.

    The Cardinals need a better option, and that option could be Cousins. It's going to take quite the haul to get the Redskins to give him up, but at this point it's worth it. 

    He'd easily be the starter next season. 

3. Oakland Raiders

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    Time is running out for Carson Palmer in Oakland. The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and there's no one behind Palmer who could replace him.

    That's where Kirk Cousins comes in. The Raiders don't have a lot to offer, but need to make an attempt.

    If the Raiders miss out on one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft, Cousins is the next best thing and already has a year of professional experience. 

2. New York Jets

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    The New York Jets are in line for a massive overhaul thanks to the erratic coaching of Rex Ryan and the horrendous quarterback play of Mark Sanchez

    Sanchez has been so bad that the coaching staff is actually considering using Tim Tebow and has given playing time to former seventh-round pick Greg McElroy. 

    New York would be wise to bring in Kirk Cousins via trade. He can at the very least do what Sanchez is doing—just barely completing better than 50 percent of his attempts. 

    The difference? Sanchez is doing that after four years. Cousins is a rookie with untapped potential. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the NFL's worst teams, and most of the blame falls on the quarterback position. 

    Both Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel have been horrible, which explains why the team only has two wins. There's a lot of talent on the offensive unit, but without a quarterback it can't succeed. 

    If the Chiefs' organization is serious about being competitive, it will make whatever offer is necessary to acquire Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. He's a work in progress. But placed in the Kansas City offense, he could elevate the Chiefs to new heights.