NFL Draft Rumors: Cleveland Browns to Trade No. 1 Overall Pick to Redskins for QB Kirk Cousins?
Instead of taking a chance in a young quarterback with just one year of experience as starter in college, the Cleveland Browns may just trade their No. 1 pick to the Washington Redskins for dependable starter Kirk Cousins. The Browns are reportedly torn between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, using the No. 1 pick on Trubisky, who had just one year of starting experience at UNC, is too risky and costly. Instead, the Browns can opt to trade the No. 1 pick to the Redskins for Cousins.
With Cousins, the Browns will have a dependable starter that they lacked in the past years. Last season, the Browns played six different quarterbacks, including Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Terrelle Pryor, Charlie Whitehurst, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
Cousins, who recently signed an exclusive-rights franchise tender worth $23.41 million for 2017, threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 97.2 rating last season. He ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time passing list, tallying 12,113 yards in five seasons with the Redskins.
Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to get the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons. If the Redskins use the franchise tag on Cousins for the 2018 season, he will earn upwards of $34 million in guaranteed money.
Earlier, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported that the Browns front office and coach Hue Jackson are split on who to draft come April 27. Jackson wants to take Trubisky, but the front office is firm on making Garrett the No. 1 overall pick.
The Browns have the No. 12 pick, which they can use on a quarterback but Trubisky may not be available at that point. The New York Jets are also interested in Trubisky and may use the No. 6 pick to acquire him.
The Browns were planning to use the No. 12 pick to acquire backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots. However, the Patriots are not willing to part ways with Garoppolo, whom they see as a reliable backup in case Tom Brady goes down with an injury.
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