The Browns just missed on UNC QB Mitch Trubisky, who was selected by the Browns at No. 2 overall after they traded up to get him. However, it appears as though they had Cousins as their backup plan in case they were unable to get their preferred quarterback in the draft.
The trade rumors surrounding Cousins have really died down in recent weeks, and indications have been that he’s likely to remain with the Redskins for the 2017 season.
Although, Washington has said they plan to keep Cousins, they still need to get a long-term contract worked out and it’s going to run them a massive long-term to go along with a lot of guaranteed money.
The Browns have the resources and cap space to acquire Cousins and then sign him to a possible record-setting deal, so this is an interesting situation to watch moving forward.
Cousins, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus when Washington elected to use the franchise tag on Cousins that paid him $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Cousins has appeared in all 16 games and thrown for 4,917 yards while completing 67 percent of his passes to go along with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Cousins’ trade as the news is available.