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.
Just want to reiterate, Browns were rebuffed by Skins on Kirk Cousins offer. All parties (incl. RG3) would welcome trade, except Bruce Allen— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 13, 2014
At this point barring a QB getting hurt elsewhere Cousins likely stuck in WSH, but that starter and backup would prefer otherwise.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 13, 2014
Rookie head coach Jay Gruden will have some tap dancing to do in his quarterbacks room from the get go— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 13, 2014
Source: Redskins will most likely not trade Kirk Cousins despite some interest because they prefer Cousins over McCoy as RG3’s backup— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) May 8, 2014
According to a source, Redskins’ Kirk Cousins has drawn interest of late from several teams. But trade prospects remain uncertain.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) May 8, 2014
Browns definitely had interest in Kirk Cousins. And now Manziel…— John Keim (@john_keim) May 9, 2014
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.
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.”)