After leading the Washington Redskins to a crucial victory over the Cleveland Browns last weekend, Kirk Cousins may have earned himself a starting quarterback job in 2013.
Obviously, it's not going to be with the Redskins. That distinction rightfully belongs to Robert Griffin III, who has ignited his team to first place in the NFC East. However, this offseason, there will certainly be suitors clamoring for the services of the Michigan State product.
It would be an overstatement to say that the Redskins' fifth-round selection of Cousins was a shock to the football world. However, many questioned what the 'Skins management was thinking by using two draft picks on quarterbacks, especially since the team had so many holes to fill. Little did anyone know just how impactful that decision would be on Washington's 2012 campaign.
Cousins saved the Redskins' season with his performances in the last two weeks. After leading his team to a comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Cousins played his first full NFL game last Sunday and brought Washington from behind to beat the Browns. He threw for 329 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and completed 70 percent of his passes.
Surely there will be NFL teams looking for that kind of production in 2013. In a draft class barren of elite quarterback prospects, Cousins could become a hot commodity on the trade market this season. Cousins has good height, pinpoint accuracy, underrated mobility in the pocket and off-the-chart intangibles.
It's far from a guarantee that the Redkins move Cousins this offseason. In fact, it might make sense for Washington to keep him on his rookie contract in case the very mobile RG3 gets hurt. He's not the only quarterback on the market, as Michael Vick, Matt Flynn and Alex Smith all figure to be out there for the taking. However, those three players are sitting on the bench right now for a reason. They haven't produced well enough to keep their jobs.
Cousins has more upside than all the aforementioned veterans. Let's take a look at four teams that should seriously consider putting together an offer for the Redskins backup quarterback.