WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – It is the belief of Peter King of Sports Illustrated that the Cleveland Browns could give as high as a late-first-round pick to acquire Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins, if he continues to play well through the final two games of the season.
King made this belief known Monday in a weekly piece on his site (TheMMQB.com) entitled “Ten Things I Think I Think,” noting Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s preference toward standard dropback quarterbacks, rather than mobile quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel (who could be available when Cleveland picks late in the first round in 2014).
I continue to think Cleveland, using the late-first-round pick acquired from Indy in the Trent Richardson deal, is a realistic spot for Cousins if he plays very well in the final three games. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner wants more of a standard dropback quarterback than a run-around guy like Johnny Manziel. If the Browns could use their first first-rounder on another need position (wideout, corner) and the pick in the 20s on Cousins, that would give Turner a chance to get a young veteran ready for opening day faster than he could with anyone Cleveland would pick in a May draft four months from opening day.
Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan has stated Robert Griffin III is still the starting quarterback of the future, while adding the caveat that he believes competition is always good to have on a roster at all positions, as it constantly pushes players to perform their best.
However, a few unknowns make it impossible to predict who will ultimately be the No. 1 guy – between Griffin and Cousins – in Washington after this season, as the future of Shanahan as head coach seems to be up in the air.
Cousins performed admirably in his first start of the season against a ragged Atlanta defense last week — completing 29 of 45 passes for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns, while throwing 2 interceptions. He assumed the starting role after Shanahan announced Griffin would sit for the final three games of the year.