Rumor: Kirk Cousins would consider signing with Browns if he leaves Redskins
The Pro Bowler will likely be one of the most targeted players in free agency this year. During a recent interview on 92.3 The Fan, Albert Breer of SI.com indicated that Cousins would consider joining Cleveland if and when he hits the open market.
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The 29-year-old put together another productive campaign, throwing for 4,093 passing yards while completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. 2017 marked his third straight season with more than 4,000 passing yards and at least 25 touchdown passes.
The Browns have struggled to find a viable starting quarterback over the last decade, with their last playoff appearance being 15 years ago. Rookie DeShone Kizer gave some flashes of potential, but the addition of Cousins would be a major step in the right direction toward the franchise competing for a playoff berth again.
Although there may be some interest on Cousins’ behalf to possibly entertain the idea of joining Cleveland, he did recently voice that he hopes he can work out a long-term contract to remain with the Redskins. However, this could hinge on whether Washington is willing to commit more than $30 million to Cousins next season on another franchise tag if a long-term deal is not agreed upon.
At the same time, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated that he didn’t want the franchise to work out another “one-year deal” with Cousins. He also voiced that the sixth-year veteran has proven to be a good starting quarterback.
Several other teams will be in the market for Cousins if he hits free agency, including the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Jets. In fact, there are already reports about dialogue between Cousins and the Broncos.
Ultimately, Cousins may have the market curtailed to him given a handful of teams are looking to add a proven quarterback to the mix. He is arguably the best available player at his position in free agency, pushing his price up even further. At the very least, it’s clear that Cousins is open to playing elsewhere if things don’t exactly work out with the Redskins this offseason.