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.