Mike Shanahan thinks that there could be a bull market for the Washington Redskins’ backup quarterback this coming offseason.
On his weekly appearance on ESPN 980 on Friday, Shanahan talked about the possibility of Kirk Cousins, the backup quarterback who will start the rest of the season in place of Robert Griffin III, increasing his trade value if he plays well in the team’s remaining three games.
Shanahan said that “maybe we can bring a first-round pick back to this organization” in exchange for Cousins in the perpetually quarterback hungry NFL.
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Shanahan’s optimism may or may not be warranted. Albert Breer of NFL.com talked to one pro scouting director who likes Cousins, comparing him favorably to another NFC East QB who is playing extremely well right now.
"(Cousins is in) the same genre as Nick Foles, but has better arm strength and athleticism,” said the director. “Ultimately, I think he's an above-average starter who you would love to have as your backup. Like Foles, he can win games for you if he has weapons around him."
But that doesn’t necessarily add up to a first round pick. "I just don't think he's worth giving up a high-round pick for when, in the end, you're gonna be looking to replace him," he said.
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Another personnel executive disagreed. "It only takes one (team), and these few games may have a strong influence on the answer,” he said.
The other question here is whether or not Mike Shanahan will be around to spend whatever pick the Redskins might get for Cousins if they do decide to trade him. But if Cousins does play well and the team can spin him into a first-round pick, or even a high second rounder, turning the fourth-round pick the spent on Cousins in 2012 into a high pick will be a nice bullet point on Shanahan’s resume if he does end up looking for work.