Speculation about Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins possibly reuniting with new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland has been swirling for days, but it would be surprising if it actually happened.
Citing unnamed sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that with the Redskins making it clear Robert Griffin III will be their starting quarterback, Cousins is open to being traded and Cleveland could be a destination for him. The rumblings were predictable because Shanahan spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Redskins, including the last two with Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.
However, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen told the Washington Times on Tuesday that Cousins hasn’t requested a trade. And Allen expects Cousins to be back with the Redskins next season, according to the report.
“There’s no change from our perspective on Kirk,” Allen said. “That’s it. We’re comfortable with Kirk.”
Even if the Redskins do change their tune and shop Cousins, the Browns wouldn't become a guaranteed trade partner. After all, they have the fourth overall pick in May’s draft, and it would be surprising if they didn’t target a quarterback early to pair with Brian Hoyer, who led the team to two victories last season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.