Cleveland may make a run at trading for Kirk Cousins https://t.co/AVY9QJcWG2
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 14, 2017
Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com first reported the Browns interest in the Redskins signal-caller Tuesday afternoon.
It’s no secret Cousins is unhappy in the nation’s capitol. For the second year in a row, the Redskins placed the franchise tag on him. Cousins will be one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. However there is an old saying that money can’t buy happiness.
Cousins wants to be traded. Is Cleveland a possible destination? Florio thinks it’s possible. Others deny it including Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2017
The Browns have already experimented with a quarterback drafted by Washington in the 2012 NFL draft. Robert Griffin III is once again looking for work after one season wearing an orange and brown uniform.
The cost for Griffin is pocket change compared to what the price would be for Cousins. Cleveland signed Griffin as a free agent. The Browns may have to trade the number 12 pick in next month’s NFL draft in a package deal. The assets are there to make a trade, but giving away the pick they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles last year is not the way to go.
The Browns could offer a package that includes quarterback Brock Osweiler for Cousins. Washington should reject that offer in an instant. Why acquire someone via a trade if you believe you can get him without any compensation in return.
Another factor to consider, would Cousins want to be part of a rebuilding process? The Browns are certainly not a playoff team right now. Even if they have a terrific draft and all the free agent additions live up to expectations, the playoffs are a stretch this season. The Browns would have to work hard to convince Cousins to sign a long term deal before committing to him. That doesn’t appear to be a likely scenario.
Cousins wants to be with one team and one team only, the San Francisco 49ers. He wants to play for new head coach Kyle Shanahan in the bay area. Shanahan was Cousins’ first offensive coordinator in the NFL.
The Browns need to bring in a veteran quarterback to help mentor Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and a soon to be draft selection. Cousins is not that guy, the price is not worth the hassle he could bring to Cleveland.