Due to their dire situation at quarterback, the Houston Texans are in need of a starting signal caller.
Here's why it makes perfect sense for the Redskins to trade Cousins to the Texans.
How the trade would benefit the Redskins
Despite his recent struggles due to his torn ACL recovery, Robert Griffin III is the Redskins' quarterback of the present and future. With Cousins sitting on the bench, the Redskins have a talented player who's more than capable of being the guy in some NFL city not named Washington D.C.
Having a talented backup such as Cousins isn't a bad insurance policy in case of an injury to RGIII. As witnessed in 2012, it was convenient to have Cousins step in with Griffin hurt and provide stellar play as the Redskins continued their journey to the postseason with an important victory over the Cleveland Browns.
However, with the team struggling at 1-4, there's a good chance the Redskins are headed towards a poor season whether or not Griffin is able to stay healthy. Having an insurance policy such as Cousins loses its value if the team isn't in a position to make the postseason, which could certainly be the case if the Redskins keep up their current level of play for the remainder of 2013.
Therefore, with the season slowly slipping down the drain, the time is now to execute a Kirk Cousins trade to Houston.
If Cousins is dealt and RGIII gets injured, there's always veteran Rex Grossman available to play in a pinch. His career inconsistencies aside, he's still one of the better backup quarterback solutions in the league. If the Redskins weren't happy with Rex as the primary backup, preseason success story Pat White's still available as a street free agent.
RGIII also has something to do with another key benefit associated with trading Cousins. A part of the king's ransom the Redskins relinquished to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the opportunity to draft Griffin was their 2014 first round selection.
Even if the Redskins end up with a terrible record in 2014, they won't be able to reap the fruits of their incompetence; the Rams are positioned to be the proud recipients of Washington's first rounder in next year's draft.
If the Redskins were to receive a first round pick from Houston in exchange for Cousins, they'd be able to recoup the first rounder they lost in the Griffin deal to the Rams. That's a better fate for the Redskins than being the laughingstock of the NFL, which will certainly be the case if they end up with a top selection only to see St. Louis enjoy it on draft day.
How the trade would benefit the Texans
The recent struggles of Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub continue to go from bad to worse.
A franchise seemingly well-positioned as an AFC Super Bowl favorite, the Texans' dreams of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy have been derailed due to their so-called franchise quarterback failing miserably in 2013.
Despite some playoff experience, backup T.J. Yates probably isn't the Texans answer at quarterback. Undrafted free agent and local favorite Case Keenum has promise, but there's no guarantee he's going to be the solution to the Texans' needs at signal caller either.
There's also free agent Vince Young lobbying for the job, but it's doubtful the Texans will even consider him as a serious possibility.
By trading for Cousins, Houston would have a young gunslinger capable of being their franchise quarterback for this year and beyond.
So hopefully, the Redskins and Texans can get together and make a Cousins trade to Houston become a reality-- a reality that for the reasons state above, would benefit both franchises tremendously.
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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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