The Washington Redskins are about to do something more moronic than I have ever imagined they would do. They are about to give up on a quarterback, that has been the best QB that they have had in the last 20 years. Everyone knows that in this era of the NFL you need a competent QB. They have that in Kirk Cousins, so why not pay him?
Per reports from several outlets, including Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, a deal between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers could be reached as early as next week at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. This means that the Redskins are more than likely giving Kirk Cousins the Non-Exclusive franchise tag. That would allow him to negotiate a deal with another team. If the new team reaches an agreement, the Redskins can match or let him go for compensation.
The compensation is the tricky part. The typical compensation would be two first round draft picks. However, that can be negotiated to something else that the two sides have agreed upon. The Washington Redskins better not trade Cousins for less than a first-rounder. I have seen reports that include swapping of picks with the 49ers. Idiotic! I have also seen reports that include RB Carlos Hyde and the 34th pick. Again, idiotic!
The Washington Redskins have a good situation on offense. The upgrades are needed on the defensive side. Losing Cousins, or giving him away, would almost start the process over. This is something that the fans of the Redskins are not wanting to see. We have finally put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in forever.
If the Washington Redskins drop the ball and move on from Kirk Cousins it could be one of the most detrimental moves this franchise has made. It is not often you can have a QB the caliber of a Cousins come along. I know he is not Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, but he is a top 10 QB. In this era of the NFL, those guys get paid.
Everything at this point is just a rumor and until we hear different a rumor is just that.