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Colt McCoy's arrival in D.C. could put Kirk Cousins on the trading block.
The decision to sign Colt McCoy, as reported by Redskins.com writer Andrew Walker, will inevitably reopen trade discussions involving 2012 fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins.
Washington was apparently keen to deal him this offseason but only at the price of a second-round pick, per Mark Maske of The Washington Post.
No team was prepared to offer that value for a player who tossed 10 interceptions in only eight appearances. But by bringing in McCoy, Allen has given himself leverage, a sort of safety net that could allow him to lower the asking price for Cousins.
The ex-Michigan State passer claimed to be open to a trade earlier this offseason, according to ESPN.com reporter Adam Schefter. Allen might still be able to tempt one of McCoy's old teams to deal away a pick for Cousins.
The Cleveland Browns are obvious potential trade partners, given the presence of ex-Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator. Even in limited action, Cousins has proved he can operate the Shanahan offense and its bootleg, play-action passes.
The Browns still have a gaping hole at quarterback. They recently hosted a workout for Blake Bortles and are planning to do the same for fellow prospects Teddy Bridgewater and Jimmy Garoppolo, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer (h/t ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen).
While they are doing due diligence on the draft's top-rated passers, the Browns might be tempted by an immediate, scheme-ready fit like Cousins.
Allen could wrangle a third-round pick from Cleveland if he sold the deal the right way. That would give Washington the second and seventh picks in a round that is loaded with talent.