Quick Links

Yes, of course, Kirk Cousins would seriously consider the Browns in free agency

USA Today Sports

Yes, of course, Kirk Cousins would seriously consider the Browns in free agency

Redskins Twitter started sizzling Wednesday night when MMQB's Albert Breer suggested that Kirk Cousins would "seriously consider" the Browns in free agency. 

Well, despite all the consternation, duh. 

Kirk Cousins is a savvy businessman. He doesn't close the door on anything, and the Browns could be a key cog to driving the market up should Cousins hit free agency. 

For two seasons, Cousins has not completely closed the door on anything, including his return to the Redskins or his desire to get to free agency. In fact, Redskins fans don't really know what Cousins wants because Cousins has been smart enough to never really disclose much. 

Will Cousins play on another one-year deal? Yes.


Will Cousins weigh all options? Absolutely.

And the Browns could be an interesting option. 

Sure, Cleveland has gone an astonishingly awful 1-31 in the last two seasons. The Browns have been terrible for a decade, but it does seem like, finally, a bright future awaits. 

Cleveland has the first and fourth overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Further, the Browns have more than $110 million available to spend in 2018 along with a new GM in John Dorsey.

The Browns have an absolute boatload of money they could throw at Cousins. No matter how often the Redskins passer said that his decision will not "be about the money," at some point, money will matter. 

Imagine a scenario where Cleveland offers Cousins $30 million per season with at least two years guaranteed. That, combined with the possibility of adding two elite players in the 2018 Draft, could be enticing. The Browns could add players like N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Penn State's Saquon Barkley or Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson. 

That future is promising. 

And, while it's easy to dismiss the Browns' hopes in a rebuild, Cleveland also has three second-round picks. That's a lot of chances to add young talent.

But does Cousins really want to go to a rebuilding team?

Remember, everybody assumed he would go to the 49ers, a squad that was rebuilding with a ton of salary cap space. But the Niners have moved on, acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo to run Kyle Shanahan's offense. In turn, maybe Cousins would elect to try his hand at rebuilding Cleveland with Hue Jackson, a coach many players speak highly of despite his terrible record. 

There's also value in a Cleveland offer in relation to other offers. Maybe it won't be Cousins, but his agent, Mike McCartney, would be crazy not to try and leverage a big offer from Cleveland against other suitors for his client. The Browns could be quite useful for Cousins even if the quarterback doesn't wind up on the banks of Lake Erie.

Now, some have even gone as for to point out that Cousins is from Michigan and might like getting back to the Midwest, but on the list of reasons why he would think about joining the AFC North franchise, that's not a legitimate one. Cousins has made $44 million the last two years. He can fly back to Michigan whenever he wants from wherever he wants, whether that's from DCA, Cleveland or even some airport in Florida. 

If he gets to free agency — which is still far from a sure thing — Cousins will certainly ponder the Browns. He's going to ponder every path like he explained during his charity radio event last week. 

Cousins is smart and strategic. Not considering an option, any option, would be the opposite. 

Quick Links

Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?


Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

Quick Links

Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

USA Today Sports Images

Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.


Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.


I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.