Browns insider: No first for Cousins from Cleveland

Browns insider: No first for Cousins from Cleveland
December 18, 2013, 10:15 am
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Is competition good for RG3?

Last week Mike Shanahan suggested that the Redskins might be able to get a first-round pick for quarterback Kirk Cousins next season. Earlier this week Peter King wrote that Cleveland would be a “realistic spot” for Cousins to land and if he plays well enough the price could be the first-round pick that the Browns acquired from the Colts in the Trent Richardson deal.

Naturally all of this has Redskins fans excited about the prospect of getting a pick that’s likely to be in the 20’s to replace the high pick that’s gone in the Robert Griffin III deal.

But a Browns insider suggests that everyone should tap the brakes on the Cousins to Cleveland talk. In fact, they should slam those brakes and bring it to a skidding stop.

Tony Grossi, who has covered the Browns for nearly 30 years, wrote an article saying that there is virtually no chance of the Browns trading their first-round pick or any pick in the first three rounds for Cousins.

“Why would Browns CEO Joe Banner surrender a first-round pick for a two-bit quarterback taken in the fourth round a year earlier?” Grossi asked rhetorically.

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Some may disagree with his assessment of Cousins as a “two-bit” player. In fact, Banner may disagree. Grossi is doing a highly educated reading of the tea leaves in Cleveland, not reporting any inside information from the team brain trust.

But he does point out that the Browns have Brian Hoyer as their starter and Jason Campbell as their backup and they are much more likely to use that first-rounder from Indianapolis to draft a quarterback rather than spending it on Cousins.

All of this, of course, if very premature. There are two more games left this season and then we have over four months until the May 8 NFL draft. Underclassmen need to declare if they are coming out. The NFL Combine is in late February and then we will have almost two months of free agency before the draft. The QB market could look very different then than it does now.