Kirk Cousins could be looking to add his name to a list of quarterbacks you’ve definitely seen before—no, not a list of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, or the short list of signal callers to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.
I’m talking about the list of quarterbacks to start for the Cleveland Browns since 1999. The number’s at 27, and if Cousins hits free agency, he’ll apparently give a hard look at becoming No. 28.
We could get her a jersey to match… Who’s her favorite QB? 😜 pic.twitter.com/OZYmW4gB0h
— Chris Lambert (@clamberton7) January 10, 2018
“My feeling is that he would very seriously consider the Browns,” Sports Illustrated’s NFL insider Albert Breer told 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “I think he’d also consider the Jaguars and Jets. I think the Browns would be in that group.”
— Kyle Kelly (@KyleKellyCLE) January 10, 2018
Cousins has played the last two seasons under the franchise tag, a route the Washington Redskins don’t appear motivated to take once more. Doing so would cost the team $34.5 million in 2018.
“I think something has to be done,” head coach Jay Gruden told the Washington Post. “I personally don’t want to go through another one-year deal, and just [keep going] one year, one year. I think you want to have a quarterback in here that’s going to be here. And hopefully that is Kirk, and if not, we have to move on and do what we have to do as an organization.
“For the most part, the great quarterbacks are in the same system year in and year out, and are developing in that system. [Teams are] not holding our breath every March and April, waiting for the guy. But if that’s the case, that’s the case. But we like Kirk and his development. He’s played well at times, without a doubt, proven that he’s a good starting NFL quarterback.”
Several teams will be in need of a quarterback this offseason. If Cousins and the Redskins don’t agree on a deal before he hits the market, he’d be the best free-agent option available.
The Browns have the second-most cap space to spend on free agents this offseason, behind the San Francisco 49ers, who seem to have remedied their quarterback woes. So while it’s nice to think Cleveland, winners of a single game between now and December 13, 2015, can still entice top-tier free agents, their name will most likely just get tossed out for leverage.
Poor Browns. Even good news is really a reminder of their futility.