There are two versions of the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins trade market story


(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

There are two versions of the Kirk Cousins trade market story. In one version, no other NFL team asked about trading for Kirk Cousins. In the other version, the opposite thing happened.

So good luck with that.

“I know you talked going in, you guys weren’t looking to deal Kirk Cousins,” Scott Jackson said to GM Bruce Allen on ESPN 980′s Inside the Locker Room this week. “Did you get questions about him on draft day, or get calls? And if so did you ever set any type of price for him during this time?”

“We had never set any price for him, and the only calls was from the media,” Allen replied with a chuckle.

“Really? No Cleveland talk? With Cleveland was there a chance?” Doc Walker asked.

“You would have to ask Cleveland,” Allen said. “I don’t know how they had their quarterbacks ranked in this draft. Obviously they made a big play in getting the quarterback they did [Johnny Manziel] in the first round, so I don’t know if there ever was really any serious interest.”

That’s the first version. Here’s the second.

I’ve been trying to think of a way to reconcile these stories. I think I’ve got it. Sure, some teams had interest in Cousins, but they displayed that interest only via posts on their private Pinterest pages. Or maybe via telegraph. But no one ever called.

Here’s much more from La Canfora, who said on 106.7 The Fan that “the idea that there’s nobody who wanted Kirk Cousins is disingenuous.” And here’s what our guys reported before the draft:

Several teams are interested in Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins but it remained unclear in the hours before the NFL draft if any of them is willing to offer enough to convince the Redskins to trade Cousins, according to several people familiar with the situation.

The Redskins remained adamant that they wanted at least a second-round draft choice to consider trading Cousins, one of those people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the team’s behalf on the issue.

(One other fun Bruce Allen nugget from his 980 appearance. He was asked about trading picks with the Cowboys.

“Both teams did have a chuckle about the irony of the trade,” he said. “But I must say, we also talked to the Giants and the Eagles while we were on the clock at different points. So it worked out well for them and it worked out well for us.”)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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