So the saga continues. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is under contract after signing his franchise tender (as reported by Stephen Czarda). And as Diane Chesebrough of Redskins Wire tells us the five-year signal-caller has no interest in a long-term contract with the franchise. That is as long as team president Bruce Allen is with the organization.
So Cousins will play in 2017 with the ‘Skins and then move on – unless the team places another tag on him. However, they are also now in position to deal him. Common sense says reuniting him with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco makes the most sense. Would the Cleveland Browns entertain an idea of making a run at the Pro Bowl quarterback? There are numerous avenues here.
Which is why the destination that makes the most sense is the Houston Texans. The Browns and Niners combined wins total three for 2016. Both are in the midst of renovation projects. The Texans have already rid themselves of troubled quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Bill O’Brien’s team has won back-to-back AFC South titles, albeit with 9-7 records. They and the Denver Broncos have been tied to acquiring Tony Romo from the Dallas Cowboys. But no one is budging at the moment. And to be honest, the talented Dallas Cowboys’ leader hasn’t seen a lot of action the past two seasons. He’s in the latter stages of his career and is just another stop-gap answer at the position.
Dealing for Cousins makes sense for a contender like the Texans. But it also gives them their quarterback for the immediate future. He’s started every game for the team since being named the starter in 2015. He had a terrific receiving corps in Washington (Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, etc.). Houston has its own potentially formidable trio in wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and still-learning Will Fuller and Braxton Miller.
So if you’re general manager Rick Smith, why not make a run at Cousins? But any trade with the Washington Redskins can’t include defensive end J.J. Watt. That would be the wrong move. But wouldn’t it be interesting if the quarterback who wears No. 8 becomes O’Brien’s ninth different starting quarterback in four years? Stay tuned.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.