Peter King: Kirk Cousins Worth 1st-Round Pick in 2015
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Redskins should hold off on trading Kirk Cousins until they’re offered a first-round pick for him, Peter King says, which they can get if it’s a 2015 pick Washington’s requesting.
Cousins has been consistently vocal this offseason about his openness to being traded, and on Wednesday, the Redskins made it clear they expect a 2nd-round pick in exchange for their backup quarterback in any potential trade scenarios.
“In the first place, I wouldn’t ask for a pick this year. I’d ask for a pick in 2015,” King said. “This draft is too good. This draft is a tremendous draft, so whatever you ask for, it’s gonna be devalued.”
“Teams are always more willing to give up a pick a year down the road,” he explained. “What would happen if, on draft day for instance, you say to the Cleveland Browns, ‘Hey look, let’s say that you really want Johnny Manziel and you can’t move up to get him, and you don’t get your guy. Why don’t you trade your 2015 one, and that way you can still use the two ones you have this year to bolster your roster.”
The Browns have three of the top 36 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, as King points out.
“If somebody wants to give me a high two this year, or a one next year, I’d do it,” he said. “But otherwise, I’d keep Kirk Cousins on my team.”
King has actually said this previously, but that was prior to the Redskins final three games in 2013 — all of which they lost — with Cousins at the helm.