Report: Kirk Cousins would accept a trade only to the 49ers

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As Washington closes in on the deadline for deciding whether to apply the franchise tag for a second straight year to quarterback Kirk Cousins, the tag-and-trade option continues to percolate. If Washington goes that route, however, it won’t have many options.

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Cousins would accept a trade only to the 49ers. It’s a match that flows clearly and obviously from the dot-connecting process sparked by former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s emergence as the presumed successor to Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

So why would Cousins be able to block a trade to any other team? While, in theory, any player under contract can be traded anywhere (absent a no-trade clause), no team is going to give Washington significant compensation for a one-year, $23.94 million deal that has no security for the new team beyond 2017. It therefore becomes critical for any trade talks to include contract negotiations, so that the team that acquires Cousins from Washington will have him under contract for multiple years.

The real question, as posed here last week, is whether Cousins would take less than $53 million fully guaranteed over the first two years as part of a long-term deal with the 49ers. That amount, which reflects the 2017 tag and a 20-percent transition-tag raid for 2018, is what he’s believed to want in Washington in order to do a long-term deal. It’s unknown whether he’d give the 49ers a new-hometown discount in order to facilitate a trade.

If Cousins won’t take less, would the 49ers plunk down that much plus send one or more draft picks to Washington to get a quarterback who will be able to run the Shanahan offense? It’s an issue that will be resolved, if anywhere, this week in Indianapolis as all teams gather there for the Scouting Combine.

89 responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins would accept a trade only to the 49ers

  1. I’m a little concerned if the Skins are willing to let a franchise QB walk with nobody ready to take the reigns. They have to know something the rest of the NFL dosen’t. I would be very cautious if I were the 49ers giving up possibly multiple 1st round picks and a 25 million dollar a year contract.

  2. Not smart Kirk. They already have it better than everyone else and a franchise QB in Kaperchoke. At least that’s what most delusional Niner fans believe. The real reason you should beware of going there is York and those trash fans down there. How can a decent city like San Francisco fill their their stadium with such garbage people? I use the word “fill” loosely. It’s really only 3/4 of the way full but be sure they are garbage humans. And the king of the garbage people is York.

  3. Trade him and switch draft slots in the 1st & 2nd rounds. Skins can trade back or grab two dudes high not heir board. 9’ers pay huge for an 8 & 8 QB.

  4. If the Redskins send Cousins packing I will never support the team again, will never watch another game. He is the first franchise QB they have had in decades. They need to just pony up and pay the man his 53M guaranteed over the next 2 years and get it over with. Yeah its a big cap hit, cut Josh Norman if you have to, that kid has been a major let down unlike Cousins who has carried the team.

  5. It’s insane that Kirk Cousins is going to get that kind of money but teams back themselves into a corner. Neither the 49ers or the redskins have a competent QB on their roster other than Cousins.

  6. This is what happens to a dysfunctional organization! That sub-par QB that has done nothing in the NFL that has not won a playoff or meaningful football game in his whole career is now screwing this sad example of an organization. Unbelievable!!!!

  7. If Cousins is going to demand at least the value of both tags to be guaranteed in the first two years of a long-term deal, where is any incentive to sign him to one?

  8. I can see why Cousins might want to do this, but not the team. Unless they think Colt McCoy can stay healthy for an entire season until Watson or Trubisky figures out pro ball (I’m going on the assumption that the #2 pick is part of the deal and they draft a QB of the future).

  9. “2017 and 2018 first round picks”

    Yes Washington can keep theirs but if this report is true they wont be getting the 49ers. Zero leverage. How does a 2nd and future 3rd sound?

  10. bigblackanvil says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:08 AM

    Kirk is delusional.

    medialovesthecowboys says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:08 AM

    Cousins is not worth 53 Million

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    Kirk is worth whatever the market yields. The problem with the QB market is it has been inflated due to terrible deals in years past. AND the position is the most valued in the sport. The Redskins played the “show me” game, and Cousins went out and balled. Now, they have no QB option outside of Kirk, so Kirk holds all the cards.

    It would be a terrible business decision for Kirk to accept LESS than the 53 the franchise tag. He’s not being “greedy.” His worth is not based on your feelings of him. He’s been toyed with by an organization. Now that he’s proven himself to have value, the organization identified what he’s worth by franchising him last year. This isn’t Cousins fault, but he’s benefiting from a bad franchise decision.

  11. I don’t get it why he thinks he is worth that sort of money?

    In the context of 32 starting QB’s, he doesn’t rank in the top 10, its a stretch to say he’s in the top half. Where the big money is earned is in the important games and Cousins was the losing QB in the only playoff game he was in and in the final game of this year, he threw an INT with the playoffs on the line. If the Redskins let him walk, so be it, just look at the Jets last year where Fitz made a lot of noise about his contract, finally settled and then stunk up the joint.

  12. That would open up Garoppolo to the Skins, competing with the Bears and Browns.

    Interesting.

    It’s all about contract control.

    The team that trades for JimmyG can likely get him at about 12 mil per as opposed to 18 mil per.

  13. If Kyle Shanahan thinks he can win a super bowl with Cousins, I’d go for it. It would allow them to get to work on the rest of the roster, but the most important position is already solidified. I don’t know if Cousins is an elite QB, but I think he’s better than Matt Ryan. I wonder what they’d trade. Maybe trade Kaepernick? I bet Jay Gruden would be excited to get a talent like Kap to work with. Could be a win win.

  14. @whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:54 AM

    I don’t get it why he thinks he is worth that sort of money? In the context of 32 starting QB’s, he doesn’t rank in the top 10, its a stretch to say he’s in the top half.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    How come you can’t get the fact that teams are now overpaying QBs? It’s not what he THINKS he is worth…it’s how much he KNOWS they have to pay him. Washington has lost all its leverage. I believe if Washington doesn’t trade him, he can not sign the tender, sit the season out and go to San Fran. Anybody know if that’s the correct scenario.

  15. whether he stays or goes they will be cellar dwellars. Boys rule 1st place for the next 10 years and win 4 SB’s.

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!

  16. @truninerfan49 – If this was the Patriots, sure. But since WHEN have the Deadskins EVER “known something the rest of the NFL doesn’t???” Don’t overthink this.

  17. It’s sad to see so many Redskins fans here who have Stockholm Syndrome. Like you’re actually saying please ship cousins off comma and sided with ownership not paying the player. All they had to do was offer something Fair last offseason to get this done. Instead they insulted him with a deal that have the same or less guaranteed money than the tag.

    That’s going to make for a bitter particularly when you don’t open your pocketbook

  18. $53 million guaranteed is a nice number but it is wrong to assume that is the bar. The only thing he is guaranteed is $24M for 2017. If he wants more guaranteed money before 2017 begins, he has to sacrifice some of that $52 million. If he’s willing to be reasonable, he could get up to $60-70M guaranteed over three years.

  19. timmmah10 says:

    Kirk is worth whatever the market yields. The problem with the QB market is it has been inflated due to terrible deals in years past. AND the position is the most valued in the sport. The Redskins played the “show me” game, and Cousins went out and balled. Now, they have no QB option outside of Kirk, so Kirk holds all the cards.

    It would be a terrible business decision for Kirk to accept LESS than the 53 the franchise tag. He’s not being “greedy.” His worth is not based on your feelings of him. He’s been toyed with by an organization. Now that he’s proven himself to have value, the organization identified what he’s worth by franchising him last year. This isn’t Cousins fault, but he’s benefiting from a bad franchise decision.

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    The fault in your logic is this: Cousins’ market value is NOT 53M over two years. That’s an artificially inflated value created by the technicalities of the salary cap and the CBA.

    Cousins’ “market value” is what he would make if there was fair and open competition for his services, and it ain’t 53m for two years.

  20. The posters here are totally delusional. Kick him to the curb! Yeah, that’s smart. Colt McCoy!! LMAO! Why does he think he is worth that? Because that is what the market and league rules dictate. He’s never won in the playoffs!!! Yeah, because there aren’t 40+ other guys – one guy is supposed to do it all. Have you SEEN their defense?!? He is middle of the pack QB? Every statistic that you can find says otherwise. His stats say that he has played like a top-five QB the past two years. Yes, that is right. Such delusion! The Redskins bet against themselves last year – they actually bet that Cousins would be a bust – and they lost. If they still think he is worthless then, yeah, “kick him to the curb.” They think that someone else will pony up two first round picks for the guy who their actions keep saying they don’t want. The Redskins are delusional, too.

  21. I think the degree of draft picks and the amount of money he will make outweighs a QB at 30 years old with a sub .500 record. Keep the picks and cash and build for the future.

  22. Did everyone forget that it was in the Shanahan offense that he failed and was benched??? So, why would he want to venture down that road again? And for a guy who hasn’t won anything I don’t think he’s in a position to be making such demands. I like Kirk, however, the reason the REDSKINS are not really in on a long term deal is he still misses wide open receivers, hesitates in making key decisions and has not shown up in meaningful games, you don’t want to throw money at a guy who hasn’t given you a true glimpse of franchise QB to be, use that money to make the team better in other weaker areas. I believe for a year at least Colt McCoy can give you just the same as Cousins, this will allow them to position themselves for hopefully a better QB draft class in 2018, and if they can land the USC QB Darnold, this guy looks like the real deal.

  23. “I believe for a year at least Colt McCoy can give you just the same as Cousins”

    Welp…..there goes my coffee all over the place.

  24. Here is the real deal, folks. So listen up. You cannot win in the NFL without a “franchise QB.” The problem is you also cannot win because the cap kills you if you pay a “franchise QB” what a franchise QB is able to demand in free agency. So the teams that win are teams like the Patsies who are paying their franchise QB less than market value (are they cheating (again) by Kraft paying Brady extra money under the table and off the books???). Or teams like Seattle and Dallas paying 3rd and 4th round draft pick QBs who turn out to be studs for 3-4 years under lowball rookie contracts. The only other way to handle it requires you to be smart and get way ahead of the salary cap curve and sign your QB to a REAL long term contract – like the Packers, who have STILL never paid Rodgers $20 million in a single year. They have him locked up for three more years and his cap hit will never exceed $21.1 million – which is a lot less than the Deadskins are about to get hit for ONE year and no future player control.

  25. Kirk folds under pressure Cousins and 53 million dollars in the same sentence? The world has truly gone mad.

  26. All I know is the Redskins have a gag on Scot Mcloughan who is about the only credible talent evaluator in a management position on the Redskins. There’s a reason for that.

  27. Market value for anything is whatever someone is willing to pay. That Kirk Cousins, with 3 career wins against winning teams, is currently driving the QB market is a peculiarity of supply and demand in the current tag/cap environment. That it is also fairly humorous and faintly obscene is just a bonus. Hate all you want on the guy but nothing changes the simple fact that he bet on himself twice… and he won both times.

  28. First, none of this is Cousins fault, and he’s not greedy – he’s simply taking advantage of the hand the Redskins foolishly dealt him. For him not to work that to his best advantage would be stupid on his part. That’s not greed – that’s good business.

    Having said that:

    53 million is not the “market” value of Cousins, and he must know that – and if he doesn’t his agent should tell him before he overplays his hand. 53 million is an over-inflated value for a player of his caliber (good, but not “elite”) that comes with the supposed application of a second year franchise tag and potential application of a third year tag.

    Tagging him this year might make sense in some ways, but only with an effective “out” plan for next year.

    They should let him test the market – that will set his true “market” value – it won’t be 53 million for two years, and they can decide if they want to beat that price or not. If it’s reasonable, they should keep him. I think something like 4 years, 72 million with about 36 guaranteed is at the high end of what the true market for Cousins would bear.

    Any team that offers him 53 million for the next two years is nuts – Redskins included.

  29. Yep, the Redskins finally have a good QB after 25+ years of QB hell and then find a way to get rid of him. What an insult to Skin fans who’ve basically become masochists over the years.

    I guess Kirk is too much of a reminder to the Skins braintrust of how RG3 was a massive bust. Snyder probably looks at Kirk as Mike Shanahan’s middle finger.

  30. I chuckle at all the knuckleheads that think the QB market has been INFLATED. Are you freaking kidding me? The NFL has two major price controls in place to DEFLATE player salaries.

    1. Hard salary cap that can’t be exceeded.
    2. Franchise tag that keep players of the free agent market and prevents other teams from bidding for the player since what they would give up is so punitive.

    If there were no franchise tag and any team could sign let’s say an Andrew Luck without torpedoing their draft picks then too end QB salary would be $30 million per year….EASILY

  31. I think this would be a good move for the Skins. Yea, you lose a good QB but I don’t think he is 22-24 million per year good. Trade him to the 49ners for a 1st and 2nd and maybe Kaep? Trade back a couple spots and grade a guy like Fournette and draft a WR like Williams if he is still there Or trade back up to get him.

  32. I think everyone is being too hard on him. Who’s to say you can’t win a superbowl with him. He’s been the starter for 2 years and has 54 td’s to 23 picks. He has the 3rd best QBR in the NFL over that time. What did the Redskins give him? Average offensive line? Who’s the running back? No weapons after D Jackson. Also the 28th ranked defense in the NFL. This team was over 500! Give him a good team and some more time to develop and I think he can be worth big money.

  33. He should suck it up for one more year and then hit FA.

    He’s not going to win with the 9ers this year anyway, and them trading a bunch of picks for him this year is only going to lessen the talent pool form him to work with when he gets there.

  34. 1phillyphan says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:46 AM

    Every day Philly Phans wake up and are thankful the Redskins are in the NFC East….

    ———————————————————-Every day Philly fans wake up and wish they could win a Superbowl.
    Redskins………..3 SB wins
    Philly……………..0 SB wins LOLHAHAHAHA

  35. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Feb 28, 2017 9:40 AM

    The fault in your logic is this: Cousins’ market value is NOT 53M over two years. That’s an artificially inflated value created by the technicalities of the salary cap and the CBA.

    Cousins’ “market value” is what he would make if there was fair and open competition for his services, and it ain’t 53m for two years.
    +++++++++++++++

    The fault in your logic is this: Cousins’ market value is based on what the current market will bear. Given this situation the market will bear a lot more than it might have in the past. But that’s the past, this is the present market conditions, artificially created or not; it is the current market.

    Cousins “market value” is what he will make under the current market conditions and it may or may not be $53M for two years.

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  36. Remember those folks who insisted that the Skins had turned the corner on being dysfunctional in personnel matters and that George Allen was a competent club president?

  37. He’s not screwing the Redskins. They are going to trade him to some foolish team. That’s good for the Redskins. Well played converting a 4th rounder to a 1st rounder.

    RG3’s failure created this situation. Not dysfunction nor Cousins. Kirk was never to be more than a backup. To now use Cousins to get back some of that draft capital is good move.

  38. pau49ers says:
    Feb 28, 2017 10:20 AM

    I think everyone is being too hard on him. Who’s to say you can’t win a superbowl with him. He’s been the starter for 2 years and has 54 td’s to 23 picks. He has the 3rd best QBR in the NFL over that time. What did the Redskins give him? Average offensive line? Who’s the running back? No weapons after D Jackson. Also the 28th ranked defense in the NFL. This team was over 500! Give him a good team and some more time to develop and I think he can be worth big money.
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    Here’s the reasons why some people are hard on him. For starters, fans of other teams don’t realize just how good he is because they haven’t watched many Skins games. They’ve just heard this false narrative that Kirk is average, when in reality, if you look at the last two years when he was a full time starter, he’s broken franchise records and ranks in the top 5 of all QBs in many key QB stats.

    The Redskins had a historically bad 3rd down defense and could never get off the field. They also have no running game at all. They also had a kicker who constantly missed clutch FGs. The Redskins would’ve easily been 11-5 or 12-4 last season with an average D, average running game, and an average kicker.

    Although most Skin fans like Kirk and want him back, some fans of the Redskins are Kirk haters. They spew nonsense about him but the truth is, they were die hard RG3 fanboys and they just can’t get over it. They view Kirk as a constant reminder of the RG3 disaster. These people just pull any excuse out of the air to justify hating on Cousins.

  39. 53 mill over two years isn’t his value. That’s just an impossible number he would get if he got franchised twice in a row. Everybody is in agreement that would never happen, and no team would franchise him twice with those numbers.

    So it’s false logic of Florio and the rest of the commenters to compare a long term contract to numbers of a double franchise tag scenario that has no possibility of playing out.

  40. Mix in some draft picks and send Cousins to the Rams so he could reunite with another of his old offense coordinators and then Goff to the 49ers would make sense.

  41. It’s all supply and demand.
    Cousins is ok but not great. However, there is a huge demand for QBs because teams like the Jets have no QB at all.
    The difference between Kirk Cousins and a QB off the scrap heap is probably around 4 wins. With the cap going up, a QB needy team would pay him 25MM/year because it would save them for having to waste time and draft picks hunting for a QB for 5 years (or longer).

    It’s not a question of pay more for a good QB vs pay less for an average one like you could do with other positions like LB.
    It’s a case of over pay for a decent QB or pay 7MM for a terrible QB and go 4-12.

  42. Market value is perception, and while the usual perception is what other teams would pay, the Franchise Tag changes that to the QB’s perspective. In this case, all Cousins has to do is not agree to a long term deal and he is likely to make $53 million for getting tagged 2 years in a row. That’s the starting point for negotiations, not what the rest of the league thinks he’s worth. Might that affect whatever deal he might get after those 2 years? For sure…but he’ll already have $53 million.

  43. One option never discussed but probably unlikely is to not tag him. His perceived value goes down immediately. He would no longer be able to say “I’m worth 24 million this year, and 53 over two years.” Because the tag was not applied. Huge risk for the redskins and they would then still have to offer him a huge deal that he’d probably decline for less money in SF and the skins would lose out of draft picks. But it could possibly settle down this QB market a bit…

  44. “bkostela says:
    Feb 28, 2017 11:26 AM

    Why would anyone (SF included) trade for this guy?”

    Please. Don’t be silly. Plenty of teams (SF included) would be making a massive upgrade by taking Cousins. Jets – Bears – Niners – the list goes on. Cousins has shown himself (so far) to be a solid top half – and can be argued just inside the top ten – QB.

    So yes – there are teams that would be interested in a trade.

    However, no one is going to pay him 53 mill over two years.

  45. In 4 seasons Kirk Cousins has managed to garner a 93.6 career QBR and a number 11 on that all time list tied with Matt Ryan and sitting behind names such as Rodgers, Brady, Young, Manning, Brees and Roethlisberger. There are many truly great names below him on that list as well, one of them is Kaepernick, at number 17. Really, Colin Chokernick? I don’t think so. How about Choke Kelly, or Choke Baalke? How about an organization that chokes? Anyone remember the production Jim Harbaugh got from him? How about the production he’s had on a team that’s turned into a dumpster fire since he got there?

    Why don’t we lay the blame where it’s due? Why would a team in such calamity want to give up the farm for another player who’s never played a down in their uniform, and hasn’t punched it through in bigger games…yet? Why, when the new coach hasn’t even worked with the existing stud on his roster? Isn’t there a chance a guy like Shanahan could get a little something out of a guy like Kaepernick? Is Cousins really going to be an immediate solution to all the SF woes?

    To Kirk Cousins: stay in DC, take that tag money. Let them build a better team around you, add to the defense and build on the other side of the ball. Unless of course Belichick calls. Transplants rarely work out when big expectations are the expectation…however, if it has to happen, please Mr. McCloughan, get all you can from SF in the arrangement, and get Kaepernick as well. We might as well come away with a statistically top tier QB in the process.

  46. It would be a gamble for both parties. Cousins may not be another Aaron Rogers or Drew Brees who can bring you a Lombardi trophy, and the Niners may or may not rise to the top again in the next couple of years.

  47. Letting Cousins go would be the smartest decision the team has made in a while. Getting draft picks even if its two 2nd rounders or a 2nd and a 3rd would be gravy.

    Inflated stats in a passing league don’t make someone an elite (or franchise) qb. Beating good teams and winning games that count do. Cousins has never done that despite have the league’s best receiving corps the past two seasons.

    I don’t care if a guy puts up video game numbers, especially when the team throws the ball 40 times a game. I care that he’s only beat two teams over .500 in his time as a starter and both of them had sub-par defenses. Good teams don’t pay for fools gold and the Skins would be foolish to hitch their wagon to a guy who says he needs a big contract to have a voice in the locker room.

  48. LET’S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT IT’S KIRK COUSINS WHO WANTS OUT OF WASHINGTON. I REPEAT HE DON’T WANT TO PLAY FOR THE REDSKINS.

    AS A FAN OF THE TEAM..I SAY F HIM. LET’S GET THE 2ND PICK OF THE DRAFT AND MAYBE MORE.

    LET’S GO GET JIMMY G FROM THE PATRIOTS

  49. (1) Cousins not worth $25 million a year.
    (2) Cousins is not worth $50 plus million g’teed over 2 years … except that if was a free agent he’d get it plus more.
    (3) Skins gambled and lost when they franchised him last year. They need to smooth things over with him and offer the g’teed money he wants if they can get an average value in the 20 to 23 million range.
    (4) If they can’t win with him making $23 million a year they need to trade him for San Fran second rounder this year. San Fran can trade down from #2 to get a second rounder back.
    (5) If Garoppolo is worth a second rounder Cousins is as well.
    (6) Worst thing Skins do is franchise him and keep him. He’s gone after next year and they get a third for him in 2019. If they franchise him for $30 million a year then just end the franchise. Give it to someone else to run.

  50. At least with $53m he’d be able to afford a house in the Bay Area. Probably even have a few bucks left over for a nice car or two.

  51. You people who are arguing he’s “not worth it” and that “market value” is less because most clubs won’t pay it, do not understand what “market value” means. Market value is the price that brings together a willing seller and willing buyer. It has nothing to do with what “most” people would pay – just the price at which a transaction gets concluded. If you sell your house and one buyer comes in at a much higher offer, that is the “market value” in that transaction. Just google “market value.”

    Now, if you want to argue he will not perform consistently equal to other QB’s getting the same money, you may be right, and I would tend to agree. But that’s not what “market value” means.

  52. 1phillyphan says:
    Feb 28, 2017 8:46 AM
    Every day Philly Phans wake up and are thankful the Redskins are in the NFC East…

    This is absolute GOLD coming from a Philly fan. We have owned you for about 3 years now. And I am still sure that trophy case is easy to clean.

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