Report: Dan Snyder a possible barrier in Kirk Cousins deal to 49ers

Dan Snyder isn't interested in trading Kirk Cousins to a member of the Shanahan family tree, according to a report.
Michael Dixon
Written by Michael Dixon

On paper, a San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins trade centered around Kirk Cousins makes perfect sense. But according to a report, one man who doesn’t want it to happen is Washington owner Dan Snyder.

If true, that’s the sign of bad ownership. Unfortunately for Redskins fans, it would¬†not be the first time that particular charge has been leveled on Snyder.

As Washington’s owner, Snyder’s interest should be on how to make Redskins as good as they can possibly be. If that means trading with an old adversary (or perceived adversary) in Kyle Shanahan, so be it. With a high draft pick, the 49ers have a strong asset that can help Washington become a better team. With an abundance of cap space and, with all due respect to the newly signed Brian Hoyer, a need at quarterback, the 49ers would be a likely team to offer up that compensation.

Snyder’s reluctance would make more sense if he didn’t want to strengthen a rival. But that’s not the case. Washington and San Francisco don’t play in the same division and really, even with Cousins, the 49ers are still a long way from playoff contention.

Snyder being unwilling to deal with Shanahan is just petty behavior. That kind of behavior is more destructive to his own team than any feud with the Shanahans.

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Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.