After Jarvis Landry trade, Browns believe they can get Kirk Cousins
The Cleveland Browns have been terrible for years. But, with all the cap space and draft picks they have, there is no excuse this year—if they use them correctly. One of their first big moves of the offseason, trading for Jarvis Landry, could be setting them up for an even bigger one.
According to Mike Ortiz, it appears that the Browns think they may have a good shot at landing Kirk Cousins.
Quarterback play has been one of the many issues the Browns have had in recent years. Many have expected them to use either the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in this year’s draft to address the position. But, in an effort to win now, it appears that they may be looking to go after a more polished and developed starter. We shall see.
But, if they are going to make a play for Cousins, why complete a trade with the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor?
The answer to that is simple. While Taylor does have an impressive skill set, he is not a great passer. His career QB rating is respectable (91.2) and his completion percentage is not bad (62.4). But, completing passes is easy when they don’t travel far. His average yards/attempt the last two seasons was under seven.
So—then why trade for him? The answer to that is simple— because Taylor is still good. He is a proven starting quarterback in this league. But that doesn’t mean the Browns aren’t still interested in Cousins as well.
Cousins is the better of the two and will be the starter if they acquire him. If they do, Taylor becomes a well-paid but not insanely overpaid backup. If they don’t get Cousins, then Taylor can be the bridge while whoever they draft gets up to speed with the NFL game. Or, maybe they don’t go after Cousins, stick with Taylor, and draft Saquon Barkley and another position of need inside the top four.
It seems strange to say this, but good move Cleveland. Good move indeed.