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Washington Redskins Should Trade Kirk Cousins to Cincinnati Bengals

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COMMENTARY | The Washington Redskins are looking to trade quarterback Kirk Cousins in their quest to secure an additional high selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. Courtesy of their third consecutive first round postseason exit, the Cincinnati Bengals could decide to move on from Andy Dalton and bring in a signal caller who can take the team to the next level.


Here's why the Redskins and Bengals should consider pulling the trigger on a Kirk Cousins trade that would reap rewards for both franchises.

How the trade would benefit the Redskins

As a result of the Robert Griffin III trade that rocked the NFL world a couple of years ago, the St. Louis Rams are the proud owners of the Redskins' second overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

With the Redskins on the outside looking in when the first round of this year's draft takes place, trading Kirk Cousins serves as the organization's best opportunity to recoup a pick of value that would help compensate for the loss of their first rounder.

Even if trading Cousins fails to yield a first rounder in return, the Redskins should have little problem getting a second rounder in exchange for their talented young backup quarterback who displayed flashes of potential filling in for RGIII during the last three games of the 2013 season.

As for the slim possibility of Cousins staying in Washington, that's probably not going to happen. Despite a disastrous sophomore campaign after setting the league on fire during his rookie season, RGIII is still worthy of the distinction as the Redskins' quarterback of the present and future.

Barring the Redskins' new head coach unexpectedly deciding to keep Cousins around, there's a good chance "Captain Kirk" will finally get his opportunity to lead his own franchise in 2014.

Since a Cousins' trade is seemingly inevitable, dealing him in exchange for a first or a second round pick to the Bengals makes a ton of sense.

How the trade would benefit the Bengals


Embattled starting signal caller Andy Dalton was the Bengals' weakest link in the team's frustrating, 27-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Dalton threw two interceptions while fumbling once in a disastrous performance for a Cincinnati team that seemed poised to finally breakthrough with a playoff victory.

In three years as a starting quarterback, Dalton has proven to be solid but questions remain about his ability to guide his team to success in the postseason.

With a deep and talented roster that has the potential to contend for the next several years, at some point the organization could decide to pull the plug on Dalton and go in another direction with a signal caller who can take them further in the postseason.

Due to Dalton's perennial struggles during the playoffs, perhaps the Bengals would be intrigued about the scenario of bringing in Cousins to compete with or possibly surpass Dalton as the team's franchise quarterback. By trading for Cousins, the Bengals would reel in a talented quarterback who at the very least could push Dalton to greater heights or even replace him as the team's starter for the foreseeable future.


Instead of drafting a quarterback in the first or second round who will need experience or exploring free agency to reel in a veteran signal caller with a hefty price tag, the Bengals could execute a trade to land a talented player such as Cousins who has experience under his belt and isn't going to break the bank.

Hopefully, the Redskins and the Bengals can join forces and make a trade for Kirk Cousins become a reality.

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Drexel Perry is a Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards Yahoo Sports contributor. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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