Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cousins' price too heavy

So the Washington Redskins want a second-round draft choice if some other National Football League team wants Kirk Cousins on its roster.

First of all, parting with a second-round choice for Cousins is the epitome of overpaying for someone. He’s nowhere close to being worth a second-round pick.

He’s not even worth a third rounder. In fact, offering a fourth-rounder for Cousins, who was drafted in that round by the Redskins in 2012, would be too much. He’s not that good. Start thinking fifth round or lower if you want to drop Cousins’ name into any conversation.

He looked like a solid professional against the Browns in his one start late in the 2012 season after a knee injury sidelined Robert Griffin III. Threw for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Skins torched the Browns, 38-21. It is the lone pro victory in his career.

Other than that, Cousins has been the epitome of mediocrity. In eight National Football League games, he has thrown for 1,320 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Subtract the figures from the Browns game and Cousins has thrown for just 991 yards, six touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 53% completion rate in seven games.

And for that the Redskins, who don’t own a first-round pick this year, expect some team to cough up a second rounder in the May draft. Have they lost their minds? Are they delusional?

Maybe this is a not-so-subtle signal to the Browns that if they want Cousins to rejoin new Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, his former offensive coordinator in Washington, it’ll come with a heavy price.

Now if that doesn’t send new Browns General Manager Ray Farmer into almost uncontrollable fits of laughter, then nothing will. Talk about overvaluing a player. Surrendering a second-rounder for someone who will be nothing more than a backup with the Browns makes absolutely no sense.

It’s almost an insult to the intelligence of Farmer to even think he would consider such a move.

As a courtesy, Farmer should at least take his call in the event Washington General Manager Brue Allen makes an effort to secure that high-round selection. And then he should succinctly and firmly reply, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

What’s next?

The best move the Redskins can make this season would be to hold on to Cousins for at least one more season should the seemingly fragile Griffin go down again. That is more likely than unlikely. In his first two seasons, The Third has yet to play a full season.

But it’s entirely possible some NFL team will bite and cough up a second rounder for Cousins. At the risk of sounding repetitious, it better not be the Browns.

If Farmer is as smart as I think he is, the Washington quarterback more likely to wind up in Cleveland is Rex Grossman, the 33-year-old journeyman who has played for Shanahan in two different cities the last five seasons.

Grossman hasn’t played in a regular-season game since the 2011 season, but would fit in nicely as the third quarterback and a mentor to Brian Hoyer and whomever the Browns take in the college draft.


  1. My biggest worry is Manziel. He's got Colt McCoy written all over him, (but with more personality issues). You think RGIII is fragile, wait until this kid gets beat around by an NFL defense. Caveat emptor!

  2. Once again, we disagree. That's better!.

    Manziel will be way better than McCoy. He's got a better arm, he's a better playmaker and he's got the "it" factor.
    McCoy had none of the three. Manziel overachieved in college. McCoy played as well as expected.

    Manziel might have trouble at first, but he's the kind of guy who will figure it out and adjust. If he's there at #4, I have no problem with the Browns taking him. But I don't think he'll be there.

    1. If he is there, it means 3 other bottom dwellers didn't want him. Not a good sign. We'll see, but the thought still scares me.

  3. And if those bottom dwellers didn't want him, so what? It means nothing. One of them, by the way, will take Clowney. So we're down to two bottom dwellers.

    I'm telling you -- and you can throw this right back at me if I'm wrong -- that Manziel will be a very good quarterback in the NFL. I believe he will be the best this class has to offer.

    Is he going to be a franchise quarterback -- whatever that is? Probably not. But he will make some franchise a winning franchise. I'd like to think it will be the Browns.

    Don't be scared. It doesn't become you.

    1. This is one we'll have to wait for.