Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com provides reports from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Chris Cooley of WTEM-AM stating the Browns made an offer to the Redskins for Kirk Cousins during last week's draft:
[Cleveland] offered Washington a fourth-round pick for Robert Griffin III's understudy, but the Redskins balked, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen 'absolutely' would've made the deal had the Browns offered a second-round pick, according to former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley of WTEM-AM in Washington D.C.
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com provides a synopsis of Redskins general manager Bruce Allen discussing a potential trade of Kirk Cousins:
Allen also said the #Redskins never came close to a deal for backup QB Kirk Cousins during draft.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) May 12, 2014
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports continued:
Just want to reiterate, Browns were rebuffed by Skins on Kirk Cousins offer. All parties (incl. RG3) would welcome trade, except Bruce Allen— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 13, 2014
As experts and commentators discussed the merits of Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles heading in to the 2014 NFL draft, it was easy to forget that there are talented backup quarterbacks already available.
One signal-caller that has not been forgotten is Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins.
Prior to the draft, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports passed along some rumors to fans regarding Cousins and the Cleveland Browns:
One QB who might still be dealt this weekend is Skins backup Kirk Cousins. Browns were willing to deal midround pick for him.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 8, 2014
Skins and Browns have not had contact since the original inquiry, but somethings things heat back up during the draft— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 8, 2014
Interestingly enough, former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian recently commented on the possibility of Cleveland trading for Cousins, via Scott Allen of The Washington Post:
If you have the fourth pick in the draft and it’s too high to take a quarterback there, and you don’t want Johnny Manziel, and you potentially get [Sammy] Watkins or Khalil Mack, go ahead and take them. Now you have a pick at 26, and so you say to yourself: Who’s better at 26? [Eastern Illinois QB] Jimmy Garoppolo? Whoever else is left on the board at that point? Or Kirk Cousins, who knows the offense, who played for Kyle Shanahan, who basically can coach it for all of the new players on offense, and who Kyle Shanahan apparently likes.
Mark Maske of The Washington Post provided more context for the latest rumors regarding Cousins:
According to a source, Redskins' Kirk Cousins has drawn interest of late from several teams. But trade prospects remain uncertain.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) May 8, 2014
The Redskins continue to want at least a 2nd-rounder for Cousins, that source said. Post soon at Insider... http://t.co/CD2N5w8tTu— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) May 8, 2014
However, Dianna Marie Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington reports that a deal for Cousins is unlikely:
Source: Redskins will most likely not trade Kirk Cousins despite some interest because they prefer Cousins over McCoy as RG3's backup— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) May 8, 2014
If a were to trade for Cousins, they would receive a quarterback who is theoretically ready to step in and lead an offense right away. The same cannot necessarily be said about the quarterbacks in the 2014 draft.
Cousins threw for 854 yards and four touchdowns in only five games for the Redskins in 2013, but he did have seven interceptions last year as well and his completion percentage was just 52.3.
As with any moves on draft day, trading for Cousins would come with an element of risk and potential reward. But because he is still young (25 years old) and already has some NFL experience under his belt, some teams might be more intrigued by his potential than some of the top incoming rookies.
However, that experience is clearly valuable to the Redskins, meaning any potential suitor would have to bring a serious offer to move a deal forward.