Kirk Cousins. Cleveland Browns Quarterback.
This statement sounds like a wish. A dream. An impossibility. Or is it?
Both Cousins and his current team, the Washington Redskins, seem to be at an impasse on what is best for their respective futures.
Cousins has done his part to deserve a rich contract in DC. He sat behind current Browns QB RG3 to start his career, took over after Griffin failed and has passed for roughly 9,000 yards in 2 seasons. He did all of this on a rookie contract until he was franchise tagged before last season.
Money and/or long-term security are two things a veteran like Cousins must feel owed by now.
As for Washington, for whatever reason, there are dissenting voices on Cousins in the building. Whispers about Cousins record as starting quarterback, lack of dominant arm strength and age are held against the 28-year-old.
Some in Washington seem to be more comfortable going with former Browns QB Colt McCoy over Cousins.
“I’d say its substantially a likelihood,” 106.7 The Fan in Washington’s Grant Paulsen told the Nick Wilson Experiment (fully audio below) on Thursday, “Maybe 65-70% that he’s going to be available in the sense of trading the Washington Redskins to acquire his services.”
Money is a concern for Washington. A franchise tag is well over $20 million for a season at the quarterback position. Despite the Redskins having the 6th most cap space in the NFL this offseason, according to NFL salary cap website Spotrac.com, but a good deal of that would go to Cousins on a franchise deal again this season.
With an old roster & several players hitting free agency, paying Cousins that kind of money might not allow them to be competitive in 2017.
When hit with a franchise tag, a player can negotiate with other teams while his old team can either match the contract to keep him or allow him to walk. In the event, they allow him to walk, the player’s old team would be entitled to 2- 1st round picks from his new team. A trade can also be negotiated by the two teams for different compensation.
While this price would usually drive teams away, this is an accomplished starting quarterback we’re talking about. Washington also might be willing to lower their price to move away from Cousins.
“I don’t think they would get 2- 1’s,” Paulsen said before adding, “They wouldn’t make the deal unless they got a 1 and a 2 and maybe some other things.”
The first thing that would need to happen once Cousins is tagged is Hue Jackson & co. enticing Kirk Cousins to Cleveland. That is no small feat considering the Browns record last year.
Still, only giving up a 2nd round pick this year and next year’s 1st plus a mid-round pick or two in the next 2 years would leave the Browns with many an asset to improve the team including the 1st and 12th picks in this year’s draft and likely 9-10 picks to build out a depleted roster in Cleveland to support Cousins.
The presence of Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, Gary Barnidge and perhaps Josh Gordon (JK LOL!!!) would likely be attractive to Cousins too.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered in this scenario.
Would Cousins want to come to Cleveland?
Are the Redskins sure they want to move on from Cousins?
Do the Browns like Cousins more than other available quarterbacks this offseason?
While those (and other) questions are valid, the reality is Cousins would revitalize a beleaguered franchise & it’s fans to give Cleveland arguably its best quarterback since Bernie Kosar.
A lot of dominoes must fall for Cleveland to land Cousins but the scenario becomes more realistic every day.
If Browns are serious about turning this franchise around chasing and potentially landing Kirk Cousins would go a long way towards that goal.
Enjoy the full audio of the Nick Wilson Experiment below. The Experiment airs weeknights from 7 pm to midnight on 92.3 the fan.