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Report: Browns not chasing Kirk Cousins, but 3 other teams tried, failed

Report: Browns not chasing Kirk Cousins, but 3 other teams tried, failed

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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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player, outside of Dwayne Haskins, has a lot riding on 2020?

Pete's pick: Sean Davis

Washington's free agency class is crowded with players on one-year deals, which is something Ron Rivera loves.

"A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey, give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself,'" Rivera told the media a few months ago. "I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract." 

Sean Davis is one such guy who's betting on himself, and should he win that bet, it'll do a ton for his career as well as for the franchise, too.

First, look at it from Davis' point of view. The ex-Steeler was a useful contributor during his first three years in Pittsburgh, but in 2019, he appeared just once before landing on injured reserve in mid-September. He needs to bounce back to ensure his NFL arrow is pointing upward again.

As for Washington, well, they've been looking for a pair of safeties to rely on for more than a decade now. They're locked in with Landon Collins at one spot, and with Davis being just 26 years old, he looks like an ideal candidate to slide into the other. 

Davis must be healthy, clean up his tackling and handle his coverage duties well, though, for both he and the organization to be happy. If he comes through, expect his next contract to far outweigh the one he's currently on.

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JP's pick: Fabian Moreau

Cornerbacks can make big money if they prove an ability to stay on the field and cover, and fourth-year Washington CB Fabian Moreau has a real opportunity this fall to show he can do both.

A third-round pick in 2017, Moreau came to Washington with plenty of fanfare from his college days at UCLA. Things haven’t really clicked yet, but the 2020 season presents a chance to take over a starting outside cornerback spot.

For the past few seasons, Moreau has been overshadowed by Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, but neither player is in Washington anymore. Moreau has also dealt with injuries. As a rookie, he barely played while working back from a torn pectoral and last year he missed a chunk of time with a hurt ankle. 

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Now, in 2020, Moreau needs to show up. 

Washington signed Kendall Fuller this offseason and he will nail down one spot in the secondary while Moreau and Ronald Darby compete to start opposite Fuller. If Moreau can win that job, and then play well on the field after that, he stands to see a major payday next year in free agency.

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Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Derrius Guice is officially a free agent.

The running back unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers after Washington released him on Friday. Guice is now free to sign with any team. 

The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Guice, who had become a fan-favorite during his two-plus years in Washington, has denied all accusations against him, per his attorney. 

Additionally, Guice -- who is usually active on social media -- has deleted both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

While a healthy Guice would likely be an upgrade to many backfields across the league, it's unclear if any teams will take a chance signing him

Guice's NFL career thus far has been all potential and little production. While he's shined when on the field, the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games due to multiple knee injuries since Washington selected him 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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