Cleveland will not be in the running to trade for Kirk Cousins, per a new report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
And while the Browns are not expected to chase the Redskins passer, three other teams tried and got shot down, per Cabot's report.
It's been a busy Tuesday for Kirk Cousins news.
The day started with the Redskins quarterback joining ESPN's Adam Schefter on his podcast and declaring that he never requested a trade out of Washington.
That runs contrary to a Chris Mortensen report from last week that said Cousins asked about a trade and was told by Washington owner Dan Snyder that it wasn't going to happen.
On Schefter's podcast, Cousins explained he went to Snyder and Bruce Allen, but not for a trade, more to ask what was the organization's plan with the quarterback.
Prior to Cabot's report, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that he expected the Browns to make a run at trading for Cousins, something that CSN had heard similarly. Florio said that Cousins specifically did not want to be traded to Cleveland.
All of the reports and speculation stem from the 'Skins inability to get a long-term deal done with Cousins, the quarterback that has broken the franchise's single season passing yards record in consecutive seasons. Last year, Cousins and Washington landed far apart in long-term contract discussions, and the QB played on a one-year franchise tag for the 2016 season.
This year, while talks have been more positive between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins, still the current course appears headed to another year on a franchise tag.
Could that change? Certainly. And quickly.
Perhaps it's a positive sign for contract talks that the Redskins are demanding significant compensation in any conversation about trading Cousins. From Cabot's report:
"[An offer from Cleveland is] not expected to happen because of the high compensation it would take to get Cousins, and because of the high salary he would command. The Browns would likely have to give up their No. 12 pick this year and most likely at least a first-rounder next year."
It's important to remember that in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, misinformation is more common than information. Teams will say one thing and do the opposite.
The Browns have 11 picks in the 2017 Draft, including two in the first round. The Browns do not have a quarterback.
Tony Romo is likely available from Dallas for the right price, but of young QBs, Cousins and New England's Jimmy Garoppolo are the pick of the litter. Cousins is more accomplished, and reports have shown plenty of interest from around the NFL in trading for him.
Only one thing can truly end the Cousins trade speculation: A long-term deal. Washington and Cousins have until July 15 to work on it, though the NFL Draft takes place the final week of April.
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