by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Cleveland Browns apparently made a hard trade offer to the Washington Redskins for quarterback Kirk Cousins, ahead of selecting Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Jason La Canfora.

Prior to the draft, La Canfora reported Cousins may “still be dealt” by the Redskins, although the Browns drafting Manziel almost assuredly put the kibosh on that possibility.

On Tuesday, La Canfora reported the Redskins rebuffed a Browns offer for Cousins, while asserting that Cousins and Robert Griffin III would have been open to the deal, which was inevitably nixed by general manager Bruce Allen.

Notably, La Canfora says both Griffin and Cousins would “prefer” a deal to have been made, suggesting Griffin would rather no longer have Cousins as his backup.

The Redskins will head into the 2014 season with RGIII, Cousins and recently signed backup Colt McCoy on the roster as it’s currently constructed.

La Canfora joined 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday to elaborate on his report.

“I’m just reiterating what I reported before the draft started last week, because it seems like it’s continually being denied and it’s true,” La Canfora clarified.

“[Browns offensive coordinator] Kyle Shanahan wanted Kirk Cousins,” he said. “Ray Farmer was going to try to get him Kirk Cousins, the Cleveland GM Ray Farmer contacted Bruce Allen. Ray Farmer was interested in making a trade before the draft to get a quarterback. He was willing to trade a 4. The Redskins would want at least a 2, and just didn’t seem all that interested in trading Kirk Cousins at all. So it didn’t go anywhere.

“Obviously they ended up taking Johnny Manziel, and the Redskins went through the draft and didn’t trade Kirk Cousins. And the Redskins have every right not to trade Kirk Cousins. It was a great draft pick. I liked it in real time. They have a quarterback whose injury woes are well-documented, in terms of the starter.

“So I get it, it’s just the idea that there’s nobody who wanted Kirk Cousins is disingenuous. And that’s the part where I think people around the league are like ‘C’mon, man.’ It’s one thing if you just don’t want to trade the kid, which is your priority and your prerogative, but don’t act like nobody wanted him and he’s just a devalued asset that’s just sitting around in your basement cluttering up dust. You didn’t want to trade him.”

On Griffin preferring Cousins be traded:

“Let’s not pretend that all the stuff that [Mike] Shanahan did on the way out didn’t happen,” La Canfora said. “And let’s not pretend it didn’t have consequences. My take on that in real time was that he’s going to do whatever he can to poison the well on the way out; contaminate some relationships and to make things contemptuous, and to make whoever inherits this job have to sort out some very intriguing interpersonal dynamics.”

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