As fears loom large of the Cleveland Browns acquiring Washington Redskins back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Washington Post attempts to ease any concerns over the poor-man’s Andy Dalton joining his former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, near the shores of Lake Erie—at least when it comes to moving anything of value to obtain him.
“The harsh truth was proven in late December when Cousins stumbled through three losses as Robert Griffin III’s insurance policy,” writes WaPo’s Rick Snider. “There was nothing that showed Cousins is worth anything more than a pick in the fourth round — where he was taken in 2012.”
Not that Cousins wouldn’t welcome a reset button-like trade that gives him a starting gig, but his career 68.6 quarterback rating and 8:10 TD:INT ratio all but ensure that no team will be paying the ‘Skins’ asking price, which is said to be set at an early-round draft pick.
Last season, Cousins was a big part of Washington’s nine-game slide, throwing four touchdowns, seven interceptions and posted a 58.4 rating. Browns fans will remember the day that the then-rookie stepped in for an injured Robert Griffin III and led the Redskins to a win, but the mirage was quickly revealed as a guy who was also prone to lobbing the ball in the direction of the opponents1.
The Browns still need a quarterback in the most dire of ways, but it appears that they are of the belief that an older, coming-off-ACL-surgery Brian Hoyer is a better option at this point.