Browns reportedly offered a fourth round pick for Kirk Cousins

There was a time when “people” (presumably Washington) were rumor mongering about what kind of trade value Kirk Cousins had during this draft season. At one point, I heard mumblings here and there on Twitter and on the radio about the Browns’ first round draft choice that they received from the Colts. Of course, I blasted that valuation right here on WFNY.

As it turns out, the Browns did make a run at Cousins during the draft, but thankfully the Browns were trying to get Cousins for a fourth round draft choice.

Whether you like Kirk Cousins or not, you must admit it would have been a hell of a deal for Ray Farmer if he’d gotten a backup QB of Cousins’ caliber who also still happens to be on his rookie deal. Cousins’ deal was for four years and just over $2.5 million and runs through the end of the 2015 season.

Alas, it’s not surprising that Washington turned that offer down. That trade would have clearly been in the Browns favor. It appears that Kirk Cousins just wants to play somewhere though. He might have that chance if he was anywhere other than Washington.


  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I think even a 4th rounder is probably “too high”.

  • mgbode

    almost as good as RGB’s “you shall not pass” GIF in the Haden extension thread. well done.

  • BenRM

    I think this is more of an indictment on the durability of RG3 than anything else.

    Vick 2.0. I hope JFF isn’t in the same boat.

  • RGB

    What do you mean too high?

    Who gives a s**t, its gone

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    That was great, as it paints our opponents as the Balrog. I can think of a few that can be described by: There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world AFC North.

  • mgbode

    are we talking about Josh Gordon here too?

  • Harv 21

    Holmgrem just told Seattle radio station: I think the Browns made a mistake. If you like a player you go get him.

    I agree with Craig: a 4th rounder for a back-up who might (might) end up as good or better than both Hoyer and Manziel would have been great. But in the mean time there was no need to devote a 3rd rounder for the back-up’s back-up.

  • mgbode

    IMO…Connor Shaw > Kirk Cousins

  • markn95

    Geez, it seems like every Browns organization has been infatuated with this guy since he was drafted (and there’s been 3 regimes here since the 2012 Draft, lol). I can understand it coming from the fans because he lit up our very mediocre defense at home later that season, but I don’t see much from a personnel standpoint. He’s really not that much different or better than Hoyer, which is no surprise since Dantonio presumably recruited both of them to MSU. All that said, a 4th round pick for an admittedly solid backup QB would have been a steal.

  • Natedawg86

    I would assume this was before we picked Manziel, so it would have been Thurs when they were jockeying around

  • mgbode

    I don’t know. It could have been. Really though, my comment was more aimed at this statement from Craig (and supported by Harv’s comment):

    if he’d gotten a backup QB of Cousins’ caliber

    I would argue that Hoyer is a better backup than Cousins (and that he will be the backup at some point next year), and that Shaw is a better backup than Cousins (and he is our QB3). So, we did NOT pay a 4th round pick and have a better QB depth chart as a result.


    Only possible thing is he’s worked with Shanahan in the past. That’s the only value I could possibly assign to Cousins, personally.

  • DB

    Hoyer was recruited by John L. Smith.

  • Harv 21

    kinda hard to place Shaw in any pecking order with Cousins before he’s even stepped into a NFL facility, no? We know Johnny won’t be lower than second in line only because he’s the most notorious draft pick we’ve had since Bernie.

  • mgbode

    yes, it is. but, it’s half who I think Shaw will become in the NFL (a good backup) and half how I feel about Cousins (a mediocre to poor backup).