Could Browns work an overly complicated sign-and-trade for Kirk Cousins?

by Olga Hunt February 5, 2018, 6:08
Could Browns work an overly complicated sign-and-trade for Kirk Cousins?

The Redskins want to franchise tag Kirk Cousins so they can trade him, according to a report.

Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins once again, with the idea of trading him and getting something in return for the 29-year-old.

The Redskins will receive quarterback Alex Smith once the trade is official on March 14. March 12 is the date for teams to get in contact with players set to become unrestricted free agents at that 4 p.m. deadline on March 14, with a ton of action happening that week.

Instead, Washington could place a franchise tag on him and not only get something back for him, but control where he goes.

"After the 2015 season I was ready to do a long-term deal", Cousins told NFL Live.

By rule, teams that sign a franchise-tagged player must give up two first-round draft picks, though that can be negotiated - in 2009, the Patriots tagged Matt Cassel and sent both Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick, signing Cassel to a new contract.

Dorsey could still call the bluff and make the trade, hoping that one year with the Browns would be enough to persuade Cousins that the team is on the right track.

However, tagging Cousins would add further complications, since Washington could not trade him until he signs the franchise tag.

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Kirk Cousins had just finished a workout in the hotel gym in Minneapolis when he saw the text messages on his phone. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State". Teams can begin designating franchise players on February 20.

This free agency class is loaded, with the biggest name surely being Bell in the backfield.

The Browns are another team to watch, because they have so many high draft picks.

Others teams rumored to be in the hunt are the Cardinals and Vikings, whose radio voice Paul Allen of KFAN reported that a source told him that the Vikings are "number one with a bullet" on Cousins' list.

Last week, the Redskins agreed to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. I'm fully aware he hasn't had much of a running game and his weaponry dropped off this season.

Cousins told USA Today it would be hard to move on from playing with teammates, singling out running back Chris Thompson, among others.

"The team's gotta do what's best for them", Cousins told TMZ Sports on Thursday at the EA Sports Madden Bowl. Cousins works out a deal with another team.

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