In their decades-long quest to find a franchise quarterback, the Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking to the trade market. Specifically, they’re looking at Kirk Cousins.
“Per a league source, there’s a growing belief in some circles that the Browns will try to acquire Cousins via trade,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported. “Another source said that, when Cousins chose to sign his franchise tender last week, the one concern he had is that, after the tender is signed, he can be traded. He specifically was concerned about being traded to Cleveland.”
We don’t know what the Browns would be expected to give up in this rumored deal. Still, we can safely assume that the Redskins wouldn’t give him away for cheap.
Statistically, it’s easy to see why Cleveland would want Cousins. Over the last two seasons, he’s completed better than 68 percent of his passes for more than 9,000 yards, had 54 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 99.3 passer rating. Plenty of teams would love that kind of production from the quarterback position. Given their historical quarterback struggles, the Browns would likely covet it more than most.
But would Cousins stay with the franchise? If Cousins was “concerned about being traded to Cleveland,” chances are that he doesn’t really want to be there.
So, could the Browns do enough to convince Cousins that Cleveland is a good fit?
If they can, then this trade may be sensible to pursue. With that said, it’s worth pointing out that judging by the history of this franchise, the answer to the aforementioned question is an unequivocal no.