Posted February 19, 2014

Redskins seeking second-round pick for Kirk Cousins, according to report

NFC East, Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins trade: Washington Redskins QB was 0-3 as a starter in relief of Robert Griffin III last season.

Kirk Cousins (top) was 0-3 as a starter in relief of Robert Griffin III last season. (Richard Lipski/AP)

Ex-Washington coach Mike Shanahan speculated in December that backup QB Kirk Cousins could fetch a first-round pick via trade. The Redskins may have reduced the price since then. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that the Redskins “want a second-round pick … if they are going to trade” Cousins.

Is that a reasonable request? It may depend on what happens atop the 2014 draft — and more specifically, how desperate teams needing a QB find themselves once the Teddy Bridgewaters and Johnny Manziels of the world are off the board. Should a franchise such as Minnesota walk out of Day 1 of the draft still considering its possibilities at quarterback, Washington might have a greater shot at landing its asking price.

Which means, in turn, that this situation is not likely to be resolved any time soon.

The free-agent class at quarterback lacks any apparent long-term answers, but there intriguing options like Michael Vick, Josh McCown, Matt Cassel and Chad Henne set to hit the market. All started at points last season and could at least bridge the gap from the 2014 draft to the ’15 draft, when Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and others could jump to the NFL.

Cousins’ 2013 performance will not make it easy for Washington to cash in on a trade. He was 0-3 as a starter in relief of Robert Griffin III, with seven interceptions to just four TD passes. His completion percentage of 52.3 was well down from the 68 percent clip he posted in spot duty during the 2012 year. The 25-year-old’s brief experience gives him a resume boost over any rookies coming into the league, though he hardly has lit the world afire when on the field.

Washington’s desire to swing Cousins for a pick no doubt has at least a little to do with the team’s lack of a Round 1 pick. This will mark the second consecutive draft that the Redskins will sit out the first round, thanks to their trade with St. Louis back in 2012.

41 comments
TiderollsinVA
TiderollsinVA

As usual, the Skins are reaching as they are desperate for a high pick. The league knows this, therefore no one will play into the Skins scheme.  Oh, and Cousins is worth a 3rd round pick. 

OconnorPainting
OconnorPainting

i would like the patriots go after him as bradys replacement down the road

mollyshuman
mollyshuman

Kirk Cousins has been a real stand-up guy throughout his tenure in Washington.  I hate to see him leave because he was a great role model for coaches, teammates, and fans.  He could have started for many NFL teams, and I am sure that he was somewhat disappointed when he was drafted by Washington, knowing he would have limited play.  But he never complained or "talked out of school" like RGIII did.  I wish him the best in his career and hope that he  is traded to a team that can use him as a starting quarterback.

ChadCollins9
ChadCollins9

They better keep him, their current qb is a joke.  People need to admit they were wrong about him.  Hes not going to Canton

SpencerW.Morgan
SpencerW.Morgan

Cousins is better than any QB in this year's class.  I'd trade a 1st round pick for him.  He should have been starting in Washington.  

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

he's not worth a second round pick---pass on that deal

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

This just shows you how the NFL is on crack. The 49ers got Anquan Boldon for a 6th round pick and the 49ers would be lucky to get a 3rd round pick for Cousins. If Cousins is worth a 2nd round pick then Joe Namath is worth a 7th round pick at 70!

Danodin
Danodin

The Redskins are only considering this because they are desperate for draft picks. How did the owner make his fortune? Isn't very good at hiring, clearly.


I think trading Cousins for a second rounder this year is probably a mistake. The offensive line and RGIII together are a ticking time bomb.


The Bears are letting Josh McCown go? Wow. More stupidity. Packers fans rejoice.

matthewmhunter
matthewmhunter

I think they could have gotten a 1st round pick if they didn't play him at the end of the season and let the hype play into the equation. the equivalent of a prospect not throwing at the combine. Don't hurt your status by showing you're not all you are thought to be. 

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

Plus look at where these rookies will likely be going....Cleveland, Jacksonville maybe Oakland.  I doubt many rookies or even Cousins will have much success at any of these career killing franchises......& I'm staring directly at you Cleveland. 

J Diddy
J Diddy

I'd risk a 2nd rd pick for him before drafting Bortles or Carr in the first two rounds, that's for sure. 

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

The Skins see quite a few teams out there looking very thin at the quarterback position.  Handful of teams looking to spend a high pick on a quarterback should at least get into the trade talks.  Cousins could hit the ground running in the right offense.  People have gotten spoiled seeing Wilson and Luck have little to no learning curve in the pros......that isn't the norm.

villepeople
villepeople

Any team would be foolish to give up a second rounder for Cousins.

BruthaD
BruthaD

Anyone who would take him over Derek Carr or A.J. McCarron is insane

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

They would be better off keeping Cousins and trading RG3.

wetmouse
wetmouse

Kirk Cousins has proven he's another "ram God down your through" Tebow-type. WHat he hasn't done is prove that he's any better at QB that the force-ably-retired Tim.

Cousins is no more worth a 2nd rounder than Kevin Kolb is.

88viking
88viking

@SandersonKramer  The 49ers would be lucky to get a 3rd round pick for him considering he plays for WASHINGTON

jordanN
jordanN

@Danodin I don't think the Bears are letting McCown go, just that his contract has expired.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

@matthewmhunter  Are you a crackhead? Seriously there is something mentally wrong with you. They're lucky to get a 3rd rounder.

Grand_80
Grand_80

@BruthaD A.J. will be lucky to get picked in the last 4 rds, let alone get drafted.

Ray1950
Ray1950

@wetmouse  "ram God down your through" ????   You didn't, by any chance, mean throat, did you, Captain Atheist?  No need to respond. I believe you're "through" making a fool of yourself.

DiegoCerda419
DiegoCerda419

@wetmouse  look up russell wilson's twitter feed. He's also a man of God and just won this game few weeks ago. I forget what it's called though.  

J Diddy
J Diddy

@wetmouse  You mad at God, bro? Not sure what his religious views have to do with his playing ability, but if it makes you feel better...

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@JohnnyNacho @Plainview:  Yep, an interesting question, but I think it totally depends on the team around the QB and the system they run.  It seems that often these days when a team has found their guy, that only lasts a year or two and then they're not so sure anymore.  


It just shows how difficult it is to actually be a decent QB in the NFL, let alone a good-to-great one.