The notion that the Redskins might trade Kirk Cousins to the 49ers is not crazy. It is far less likely, but still in the realm of possibility, that if such a deal happens the Redskins will have some interest in bringing in Tony Romo if he gets cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
But a three-way trade that would send Cousins to the 49ers, Romo to the Redskins and high draft picks to Dallas is, well, just not happening.
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Here’s Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
Absent an actual trade rumor to shake up the Scouting Combine, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media essentially made up a potential three-team blockbuster.
In fairness to Rapoport, he added the various “could be” and “may be” qualifiers, making it clear that it was all speculation. Nevertheless, the notion that the 49ers and Washington would, in order to get Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, include the Cowboys send Tony Romo to D.C. represents implausibility at best. Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation scoffed at the idea of such a convoluted outcome; one source called it “conjecture,” adding an exclamation point for effect. (Sad!)
Most Redskins fans didn’t really need to hear much from sources; their BS detectors picked up the implausibility of such a deal right away.
Let’s set aside the emotional reaction that would come from Redskins fans seeing this:
The first thing that makes no sense here is the money. If the Redskins traded for Romo they would trade for his contract. Over the next three years Romo would be due salaries of $14 million, $19.5 million, and $20.5 million. That totals $54 million. The hypothetical long-term contract for Cousins that was detailed here yesterday carries a cash outlay of $66 million over the next three years. The difference of $12 million over three years for Cousins in his prime vs. Romo, who has played five games the last two years, is nearly insignificant. Yes, the guaranteed money has been paid out by the Cowboys so the Redskins could cut him at any time with no dead cap. But then they would be back to square one at the most important position.
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The idea that the Cowboys could get anything as valuable as a first-round pick in return for Romo also seems very far-fetched. Given his contract and recent injury issues a 2018 fourth that could upgrade to a third if he stays on the field seems like the maximum a team would give up for Romo.
I could go on with reasons why it won’t work but this is nothing more than a sheer speculation or, at best, adding two plus two and getting 17. But you get the point. Maybe the Cowboys stirred it up to try to establish a trade value for Romo so they won’t have to just release him. For that matter, perhaps the Redskins gave it a nod so that if they do trade Cousins for a relatively small return, fans might think, well, at least they didn’t get Romo.