Jason Cole of B/R reports that the Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins have continued to discuss a potential long-term deal. However, the two parties have reportedly made very little progress towards an agreement, according to Cole.
Interestingly enough, Cole mentions that the Redskins are wondering if they would be able to bring in a veteran quarterback this offseason to replace Cousins such as current Cowboys backup Tony Romo. This, of course, is assuming that the Redskins decide to trade Cousins this offseason.
Romo being a realistic option for the Redskins ultimately comes down to whether the Cowboys end up trading him or releasing the veteran quarterback outright. There’s also the possibility that the Cowboys could ask Romo to agree to not play for the Redskins as a condition upon granting him his release.
For what it’s worth, Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network mentioned during an interview with 1090 San Diego that he believes there’s a “better than 50 percent” chance Cousins won’t be back with the Redskins next year. (NFLTR)
Jeremiah went on to say that he “would not be shocked at all” if the Redskins agreed to trade Cousins to the 49ers at the Combine.
As for Romo, reports continue to say that he plans on playing for a team in 2017, as opposed to calling it a career. The most popular landing spots for Romo have been the Bills, Chiefs, Broncos and Texans, but it sounds like there’s at least a chance the Redskins could show some interest, depending on their plans for Cousins.
Romo, 36, is entering the fourth year of his seven-year, $119.5 million contract that included $55 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $14 million (2017), $19.5 million (2018) and $20.5 million (2019).
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing or trading Romo would free up $5.1 million in available cap space while creating a staggering $19.6 million in dead money, which figures to be a huge consideration for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys could improve those figures to $14 million of cap savings and $10.7 million of dead money if they were to designate him as a post-June 1 release.
In 2016, Romo appeared in one game and completed three of four passing attempts for 29 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.
We’ll have more regarding Romo as the news is available.