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Report: Browns unlikely to trade for Kirk Cousins

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Could backup quarterback Kirk Cousins go from Washington to Cleveland this offseason? Maybe. But probably not.

The possibility has been discussed in recent days since the Browns hired Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, and Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi wrote for NFL.com in 2012 that he thought a Cousins-Shanahan combination would make a lot of sense. However, a source told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that it’s a remote possibility the Browns would trade for Cousins.

Cousins has shown flashes of potential in his two seasons in Washington, but he’s far from a sure thing as a starter. He has completed 114 of 203 passes for 1,320 yards, with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a passer rating of 68.6. Those aren’t numbers that would entice the Browns or any other team to ship a high draft pick to Washington to acquire Cousins.

The most likely scenario for the Browns is that they’ll be starting a rookie first-round draft pick like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater in 2014, and that Brian Hoyer will be that rookie’s backup. It’s nice that Cousins knows Shanahan’s offense, but the Browns aren’t likely to hand over the future of the franchise to a quarterback who has a passer rating of 68.6 in Shanahan’s offense.

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  1. ajgreenhof says: Feb 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    It’s all but irrelevant when your coach may be canned by this time next year. Because of their fiasco earlier they weren’t able to bring in any of the higher quality coaches on the market.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    Too many QB options in this draft and next plus a ton of FAs. Nobody should trade for Cousins unless, or rather until Washington comes begging.

  3. tjmac95 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    Matt Schuab to cleveland, had success in shanahans offense

  4. calhounlambeau says: Feb 5, 2014 11:37 AM

    Just another Matt Flynn type QB. I don’t understand it.

  5. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 5, 2014 11:48 AM

    Darn.

  6. erikinhell says: Feb 5, 2014 11:48 AM

    That’s all the Browns need. Another career backup. At least they didn’t trade away those three first round picks for RG imp.

  7. skinsrock says: Feb 5, 2014 11:48 AM

    It doesn’t make sense for Cleveland because they are going to have a chance at a franchise guy at the top of the draft… I would look for a partner that is in the middle of the first round that misses out on the top guys & still doesn’t feel happy about their QB situation..Maybe the NY Jets? Or a team that has an aging QB & might need a replacement in a year or two… Arizona Cardinals?

  8. harveyredman says: Feb 5, 2014 11:50 AM

    So where are all the geniuses who said Cousins was waaaay better than RGIII? Where y’all at now??

    Cousins had the opportunity to showcase his skill against the 4 worst pass defenses in the league and besides the first game against Atlanta and a bunch or rookie db’s he completely sucked.

    That Oline is not built to pass block or play from behind, which the defense and specialty teams ensured happened early and often.

    Cousins is who we thought he was – a noodle armed, 4th round draft choice from a 2nd tier Conference who looked awful in his extended chance to show is stuff.

    RGIII is who we thought he was – Heisman winner, Offensive RoY, record setting QB who played on a kneedthat was nowhere near game ready last season.

    I am looking forward to seeing RGIII regain his form and retake the division.

  9. raysfan1 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Unless the Browns put better blockers up front and better skill players around the QB, it won’t matter who the the QB is.

  10. garyhd01 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:04 PM

    my guess is cousins would want out of washington and because of that he would be a fairly good idea as a backup to bradford and the rams! they might give him a chance to compete for a job and also be a backup for another injury prone qb. but washington is dreaming if they think he brings a 1st round pick more likely a 3rd and if the rams trade down from #2 and add a few extra picks this makes some sense of course the picks could bring a mettenberger or garappolo etc

  11. ravenswhat says: Feb 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    Why would they trade for an able bodied QB when they can just draft another bust in the first few picks? Next up on the clock…the factory of sadness.

  12. gomer1 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    If I’m Houston, I would take Clowney #1 to pair with Watt, then move the 2nd rounder (33rd overall) to Washington for Cousins. Fills two needs on a team that isn’t all that far away.

  13. normaneinstein7 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:11 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Feb 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    Too many QB options in this draft and next plus a ton of FAs. Nobody should trade for Cousins unless, or rather until Washington comes begging.
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    Why would Washington come begging? The Redskins have no urgent reason to trade Cousins. His salary is dirt cheap and he still has two years left on his rookie contract. BTW, Kirk is still a very young QB who was placed in many no win situations. Simply pointing out stats without looking at the circumstances behind those stats is intellectually lazy. It doesn’t surprise me that the Browns aren’t interested. When was the last time they made the right decision at QB?

  14. heymister24 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    Brian Hoyer will be the starting QB in 2014, Tebow to backup, then rookie.

  15. FinFan68 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    Lombardi likes Ryan Mallet. A trade wouldn’t surprise me unless the hoodie thinks he will replace Brady down the road

  16. 80sbroncofan says: Feb 5, 2014 12:23 PM

    If Cleveland wanted Kirk Cousins then they should have drafted him instead of Brandon Weeden. 2012 draft was loaded and they botched both first round picks. Unbelievable.

  17. wagon151515 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:23 PM

    You have to love the delusional Redskins fans and their take on RGIII. The excuse for his poor season was the knee not being fully healed. Seriously? His lee had nothing to do with his poor season. There was the reported rumor that Dr. Andrews, before the season began, was concerned about the way the Skins were using him. Which was a direct comment towards the read option focused system. Dr. Andrews was concerned because having blown the same knee out twice makes running that style offense even more dangerous. Dr. Andrews appeared to worried about Bob’s long term career. Then, shortly before the start of the season Kyle S. made a comment about not being able to use the offense that got them to the playoffs the year before because teams now knew what was coming and would defend it better. So what do they do? Try to change Bob into an NFL QB. The poor performance of the Skins is even worse than people realize because they actually had one of the top rushing offenses. The problem was Bob is not a pocket passer. His feet work was horrible. His accuracy was abysmal. He looked accurate in his rookie season because the read option worked so well that every play action sucked defenders in and left single covered receivers wide open down field. So hitting a receiver with a defender 10 yards behind him is simple. Year 2 wasn’t that way. Receivers were actually covered and his accuracy and decision making (especially under duress) was pathetic. Who knows though, maybe Bob will become that accurate, pocket passer. Skins fans need to wake up though. This situation with Bob might turn out to be the biggest bust in the history of the team with them giving up as much as they did to get him.

  18. logicaldawg says: Feb 5, 2014 12:25 PM

    Hoyer is better than Cousins. Cousins is part of a flooded market right now. Talk of him at one point for a 2nd rounder is a joke. He is nothing special.

    The QB class is deep but with no one at the marquee level.. Because of that, the best Browns strategy would be to draft Sammy Watkins at #4 and then take dip into the long list of QBs with question marks TWICE in their mix of picks 2 through 7 (all in the first 4 rounds). Hopefully this will yield one starting QB. And I wouldn’t rule out QB as a decent starter as well. Still young and was showing promise before his injury.

    They are loaded with picks in a loaded draft. they need to let the quality fall into their lap. It is possible to fill their WR, RB and OL holes in this draft and still come out with a decent CB to bookend with Haden.

    Oh yeah, and $30mil in cap space doesn’t hurt in free agency either.

  19. logicaldawg says: Feb 5, 2014 12:27 PM

    …Hoyer was the QB I was referring to as having promise in the previous post.

  20. opinevain says: Feb 5, 2014 12:28 PM

    Cousins isn’t worth it. He should stay in Washington because you dont know what will happen to RG3

  21. jbcoyle56 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:28 PM

    Haslam fumbled the annual coaching search and he and Banner will do the same in the draft if they take Manziel. God forbid they trade up to take him! This grease fire is gonna start to spread. With all the trash be trotted out by both the Browns and the Cavs it will have the Cuyahoga River burning again in no time.

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 5, 2014 12:28 PM

    normaneinstein7 –

    Washington WILL come begging one day because Kirk is not happy it is obvious and that is partly due to the new HC making it very clear that there is no possible competition. Even if RG3 regresses and overnight turned into a horrible QB then it doesn’t matter if Kirk is the greatest QB in the world. He is barred from having a chance, and that’s not going to likely help Washington in any constructive way. It’s just an awkward and unhealthy situation and I think it’s a matter of time before Washington decides to salvage him for less than what they would ideally think they could get today.

  23. hendawg21 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:35 PM

    normaneinstein7 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 12:11 PM
    thestrategyexpert says: Feb 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    Too many QB options in this draft and next plus a ton of FAs. Nobody should trade for Cousins unless, or rather until Washington comes begging.
    _________________________________

    Why would Washington come begging? The Redskins have no urgent reason to trade Cousins. His salary is dirt cheap and he still has two years left on his rookie contract. BTW, Kirk is still a very young QB who was placed in many no win situations. Simply pointing out stats without looking at the circumstances behind those stats is intellectually lazy. It doesn’t surprise me that the Browns aren’t interested. When was the last time they made the right decision at QB?
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    I have to agree with normaneinstein, Washington’s O-line is pitiful with the exception of Trent Williams no QB could be successful with that line and only one go to receiver, that being said what RGIII did his rookie season speaks volume for his talent and the pressure he put on defenses, wearing the knee brace hindered him and having no off season did as well. Who knows the true value of Cousins having to play behind that line and as I stated only go to receiver who plays consistent, it is funny that Cleveland is listed as a possible trade partner…Cousins only NFL win is against none other than….Cleveland!

  24. wearepennstate1984 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:39 PM

    Bills DC + Skins OC = Starting over in 2017

  25. harveyredman says: Feb 5, 2014 12:42 PM

    @wagon151515 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:23 PM

    Trolling is no way to live. Your proof that a (wee) little bit of knowledge is dangerous.

    You made your point – you don’t like “Bob”. Next time, save yourself and just write that, instead of vomiting all over yourself with stuff so compelling no one has bothered to vote up or down… lol

  26. seahawkshurtpeople says: Feb 5, 2014 12:49 PM

    I laugh at the Redskin fan and his stupid thoughts.

    RGIII is a Dolly Parton sized bust and a team cancer to boot. He makes Ryan Leaf seem like Bart Star.

    Kirk Cousins is a good Christian man that’s stuck in Snyder’s hell whole cess pit. He would be a starter on maybe 4 or 5 teams just not a top tear guy.

    But Snyder has messed his head up so much with all his favoritism and special treatments of broken down RGIII that Kirk spends most of his time crying and praying for release.

    So sad. (sniff)

  27. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Feb 5, 2014 12:52 PM

    Cincy will send a 5th for him and he can challenge Andy….

  28. mrfrostyj says: Feb 5, 2014 12:55 PM

    Too bad they got rid of Chud. With a 68.6 QB rating I could see this guy definitely giving Weeden a run for his money. Then you round it off with Hoyer battling which ever first round rookie they draft for 3rd string and Cleveland would win the pre-season bowl for the second year in a row with those magical fourth quarter comebacks when the best QB on Cleveland’s team runs circles around the worst players of everyone elses. Pure genius.

  29. eatitfanboy says: Feb 5, 2014 1:02 PM

    Lombardi loves Hoyer. I would not surprise me if he got a commitment from Pettine to at least give Hoyer a shot before committing to a rookie.

    For that reason, I see them waiting until the second round to take a QB- someone in the Carr/Mettenberger/McCarron range.

    Not saying that’s what I would do, but it’s what I think they will do.

  30. aikmanschinstrap says: Feb 5, 2014 1:31 PM

    No one wants to go to Cleveland. Even Lebron James who grew up rooting for Cleveland teams left the area.

    Lets face it. This city hit its prime in the mid-1900s and collapsed quickly. Too many manufacturing jobs manned by union workers.

  31. daddyb1gdrawz says: Feb 5, 2014 1:36 PM

    If the Browns were smart they would give Brian Hoyer a chance at starting. He played well last season before getting hurt.

  32. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Feb 5, 2014 2:06 PM

    Trading for Kirk Cousins would be dumb. Hoyer looked good when her started lady year and was 3-0 as a starter, Draft Johnny Football with the 4th pick, let them battle it out, and Evans with the later pick in round 1. Then find that steal Rb in a later round then that team will own that division

  33. barkymingo says: Feb 5, 2014 3:03 PM

    Lebron wasn’t a fan of any Cleveland team if you did your research. He grew up a Bulls, Cowboys, Yankees fan. Only team from Ohio he liked was tOSU. Dude has been a bandwagoner from birth.

    The Browns just need to draft a QB and stop trying to polish a turd like they have been. We can’t keep taking other teams unwanted QBs and trying to turn them to franchise guys. Either draft Manziel or Bridgewater at 4 or Bortles with the 26th. Don’t waste any picks by trading them either. Sit tight and draft.

  34. whyalwaysthehate says: Feb 5, 2014 3:44 PM

    KQ’s arm is not strong enough in the Brown’s stadium wind. Most are not. Better find a QB who can also use his legs. Jim Brown is not coming back.

  35. magilagorilla says: Feb 5, 2014 3:49 PM

    I think you are exaggerating how “good” Cousins is by averaging his 2012 numbers in with his terrible 2013 numbers. In 2013 he had 4 TD’s, 7 INT’s, 2 Fumbles,and a passer rating of 58. All his starts were against bad defenses, and one of his 3 starts was agianst the WORST DEFENSE IN THE HISTORY of the NFL. The only QB on the Redskins that could be traded for the Browns first round draft pick is RG III.

  36. rg3skinsgetsome says: Feb 6, 2014 2:31 PM

    Kirk can back up rg3 any day….no reason to trade, he’s cheap and a good back up what else is there to say.. waste another pick on a qb in the draft? Yeah that seems logical..

  37. hogheadgeez says: Feb 6, 2014 9:55 PM

    KC needs a few more decent games under his belt before we can think of getting anything better than a 3rd for him at this moment. Probably more valuable to the Skins for 2014.

  38. billco6192013 says: Feb 7, 2014 4:49 PM

    what kind of O are you RUNNING skins ,option, pistol,west coast,I dont think any skins fan can tell me what kind of o you will be running.RG KNEE cant take the every game beating.When garcion goes down and he will ,it will be another bad season in the making.O line needs work and more skilled position guys to make that O line work.Keeping that de cord. is a bad move too.The skins are a mess..

  39. billco6192013 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:01 PM

    YOU CANT BUY A SUPERBOWL, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT, ITS BUILING THROUGH THE DRAFT AND SINCE YOU HAVE NO FIRST ROUND PIC SEE U NEXT YEAR.YOU COULD HAVE HAD CLOWNEY OR MATHEWS AT NUMBER TWO ,INSTEAD YOU HAVE RG KNEE AND A BACK UP IN THE 4 TH ROUND THAT YOU COULD HAVE BUILT AROUND THIS YEAR AND MORE CAP ROOM.GOING THROUGH PRE SEASON TAKING ALL THE SNAPS WITH THE FIRST TEAM IS HUGE YOU CANT COMPARE KIRK WITH RG 3 .WHEN YOU BECOME A POCKET PASSER YOU HAVE TO STUDY MORE FILM IS RGKNEE, GOING TO GET IT DONE.NOTTT.MY MONEY IS ON KIRK.RUNNING AROUND LIKE A CHICKEN WITH YOUR HEAD CUT OFF ISNT A GAME PLAN.TRYING TO MAKE AN OTION QB INTO A POCKET PASSER DOESNT WORK EITHER.THATS WHY POCKET PASSERS LAST LONGER AND DO WELL BECAUSE THERE IS A SOLID GAME PLAN BEHIND IT.GOOD LUCK WITH RGKNEE LADIES

  40. billco6192013 says: Feb 7, 2014 5:06 PM

    OH YA GIVE GLASSAPO HIS NEW CONTRACT SO HE CAN SHOW UP 10 GAMES A YEAR LOL.WHAT A JOKE.SYNDER GETTING PLAYED LIKE FIDDLE , I LOVE IT.

  41. hogheadgeez says: Feb 7, 2014 10:35 PM

    Snyder makes BIG money off of the Redskins. I doubt he’s being played like a fiddle. He’s a businessman not a football guy. As soon as he truly lets a football mind run things, we’ll be good.

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