It may not happen this offseason if Washington does not lower its asking price.
The Redskins want a second-round draft pick in exchange for Cousins, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. Washington does not have a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft due to a 2012 trade with the St. Louis Rams that enabled the Redskins to move up and select Robert Griffin III. The Redskins do have a second-round selection.
Giving up a second-round pick helps Washington, but may not benefit another team.
Cousins is a former fourth-round pick who has not been spectacular as a starter. When Griffin was shelved late last season, Cousins had 381 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against Atlanta. He followed up that performance with 197 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss against Dallas. Cousins had 169 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against the New York Giants during Washington’s season finale. He finished last season with a 58.4 passer rating.
Overall, Cousins has 1,320 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in two NFL seasons.
Even though Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland are teams that could use an upgrade at quarterback, neither franchise may be willing to give up a high draft pick for an unproven quarterback. He did not light it up like former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassell, who had 3,693 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions after Tom Brady sustained a season-ending injury in 2008.
There is nothing wrong with Washington putting a high price tag on Cousins, but it will likely scare off most NFL teams.
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