The Washington Redskins seem to have a good thing going with backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, as not only is he a nice safety net to have for Robert Griffin III, but he’s also the most valuable trade chip that the team has. While rumors have been swirling for months about Washington trading Cousins, a move may not happen until after the NFL Draft this May.
CSN Washington reporter Rich Tandler states that while everyone has Washington pegged as trading Cousins to get a 2014 draft pick, the team may be best off waiting to get a 2015 draft pick from a team who misses out on a quarterback in this year’s class.
In fact, they might have to. Potential trade partners might want to see how the draft unfolds for them before calling. After the draft, teams that missed out on the QB’s they may have wanted might come calling. Or a team might get into minicamp and, after seeing how its signal callers perform on the field, decide it doesn’t like its situation at quarterback. They could then decide to call the Redskins and try to work out a trade for a 2015 draft pick.
This strategy makes sense, since there is a high likelihood that not every quarterback needy team gets the guy they want. Cousins may not be traded at all, but waiting to field offers until after the draft is not a bad idea.