6 Ideal Trade Scenarios for Washington Redskins to Pursue This Offseason
With limited trade bait and a shallow pool of potential targets, the chances of the Redskins pulling off even one blockbuster trade this spring isn't likely.
But where there's NFL offseason, there's creative minds—possibly hindered with wishful thinking—blueprinting ideal trade scenarios.
Look no further. The following slides throw around a few ideas for the Redskins in the areas of both shipping and acquiring talent. Although trades are much less common in this league as opposed to others, things do happen. Will new head coach Jay Gruden and Co. make a splash?
Trade: Redskins trade Kirk Cousins in exchange for 2015 second-round pick and conditional 2015 fifth-rounder
Might as well address the elephant in the room first.
Even before Kirk Cousins announced that he would be open to a trade out of Washington, the talk was there. The Redskins had invested a ton in starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, Cousins was heating up as a commodity and history shows that teams are willing to pay a fortune for signal-callers. The puzzle was too easy to put together.
For Redskins fans, it doesn't seem to be so much about losing Cousins as it is about what/who the team nets in return. ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned on local radio station ESPN 980 earlier this month that he wouldn't be surprised if the Redskins were able to get a second-rounder and conditional fifth-rounder in return for Cousins.
While backup quarterbacks play important roles in the NFL, the Redskins would benefit more with additional draft picks. If a team comes calling with an offer like this, Gruden and the Redskins can't refuse.
Trade: Redskins trade their 2014 third-round pick to Miami in exchange for center Mike Pouncey
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have no intentions of trading Mike Pouncey at this time. But after public release of the Ted Wells report, things could get even messier in South Beach.
While Salguero puts to rest any trade rumors for right now, he does mention a possible suspension for Pouncey following the report—which does a pretty adequate job at labeling Pouncey as Richie Incognito's running mate in the Jonathan Martin bully scandal.
Even as one of the better centers in the league, Pouncey finds himself in a tough situation—as do the Dolphins. If the team is looking to make a serious statement about moving forward and reshaping their locker room, Pouncey could find himself on the block.
If you're the Redskins—despite his involvement in this latest media circus—Pouncey would spike interest. The Washington offensive line is in dire need of help, and Pouncey is due to earn less than $2 million in 2014. He'll be just 25 years old to start next season, and the two sides could work on an extension right away.
That is, of course, if you can trust your team to handle Pouncey's personality, which has weathered its fair share of digs throughout the lineman's short three-year NFL career.
Trade: Redskins trade Stephen Bowen in exchange for a 2015 late-round pick
This one falls along the lines of wishful thinking, as defensive end Stephen Bowen is set to earn more than $4 million next season (according to Spotrac). He'll turn 30 in March, and he's still recovering from offseason micro-fracture surgery.
If there's a 3-4 defense out there willing to bank on a healthy Bowen by early September, trading him could net a late-round pick for the Redskins, giving the team financial relief and a step forward in rebuilding the defense.
The problem, of course, is that for every reason trading Bowen would help the Redskins, it'd make it that much harder for another team—age, cost and reliability all come into question.
Trade: Redskins trade 2014 second-round pick to San Francisco in exchange for Mike Iupati
What if San Francisco decides to start assessing the situation now? Could it look to trade away a guy like Iupati and opt for a cheaper option when the time comes?
Despite being one of the best offensive guards in the league, Iupati is coming off a broken fibula suffered in last year's NFC Championship Game and he's going to attract big money when he hits the open market. Perhaps the 49ers become proactive, stockpiling more draft picks if they don't plan on paying Iupati in the next 12 months.
Likelihood? Extremely slim. The offensive line in San Francisco is the oil in that machine, and Iupati is a large contributor. But if Iupati's name does surface in trade rumors, the Redskins should put out their feelers on the mauling 26-year-old lineman.
Trade: Redskins trade a 2014 late-round pick to San Francisco in exchange for LaMichael James
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN BayArea, 49ers running back LaMichael James could find himself on the trade block after two seasons in San Francisco with less than 50 offensive touches.
The Redskins don't necessarily need a running back, but adding speed is critical due to the team's lack thereof at this point. James is a versatile offensive threat who provides crazy quickness and home run potential every time he touches the football.
Each of the Redskins' draft picks are significant this season, but spending a sixth-rounder on a player like James—an inexpensive 24-year-old with two years left on his deal—could serve as a draft choice well spent.
And because his name will surely pop up in the comments section, I prefer James over Chris Thompson. While CT3 is a nice talent, we have no reason to believe he's durable.
Trade: Redskins trade Adam Carriker in exchange for a 2015 late-round pick
This one falls along the same lines of the Stephen Bowen idea. Like Bowen, Carriker is an aging defensive end with a threatening injury history who's set to earn roughly $4.7 million this season, according to Spotrac.
If a team calls about Carriker, the Redskins would be wise to take just about anything in return. If not, it's likely the 29-year-old becomes a cap casualty in Washington.