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Report: Kirk Cousins concerned about potential trade to Browns as speculation mounts

Report: Kirk Cousins concerned about potential trade to Browns as speculation mounts

Virtually all the talk about trading Kirk Cousins revolves around the Redskins cutting a deal with the 49ers, with Cousins negotiating a long-term deal with San Francisco as part of the process. But there could be another possibility in the picture.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, “there is a growing belief in some circles that the Browns will try to acquire Cousins via trade.”

A deal to the Browns would not involve Cousins signing a long-term contract with Cleveland, something he likely would be very reluctant to do. Since Cousins signed his franchise tag tender, the Redskins can trade him anywhere they want to. They could simply cut a deal and ship their quarterback off to Cleveland.

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Some teams would be wary of trading for a quarterback who essentially is on a one-year deal for almost $24 million. But in the Brock Osweiler deal the Browns showed that they are willing to pay $16 million this year for a quarterback they are likely to cut. Why wouldn’t they pay a Pro Bowl QB who will be their immediate starter $24 million?

Hue Jackson’s offense is very similar to Jay Gruden’s so adjusting wouldn’t be much of a problem. And he could be a hero in Cleveland if he’s even competent instead of trying to build on ever-mounting expectations in Washington.

The Browns hold the No. 12 pick in the draft, a pick acquired from the Eagles in the Carson Wentz trade last year. There was plenty of talk that they were going to try to use that pick to entice the Patriots to give up Jimmy Garoppolo, another quarterback who is slated to be a free agent in 2018. They could just send it to Washington for Cousins, who is just three years older than Garoppolo and far more accomplished.

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Note that Florio is passing along chatter here; “a growing belief in league circles” is a long way from a done deal. But it does shed light on the possibility that the Redskins could still get a decent return for Cousins in a quarterback hungry league without the complication of Cousins needing to consent to a deal. In fact, colleague JP Finlay has caught wind of it, too.

Again, this is not a firm report and there is a very good chance that it won’t happen. But this or something like it seems to be on the table.

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

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WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

While coaches and staffs across the NFL were allowed to report to team facilities for the first time in months on Friday, the league has yet to allow players to return just yet.

But not being able to work out at Redskins Park has not stopped second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins and some of his receivers from getting some work together during this pandemic-ridden offseason. Just last week, the QB posted a picture of him with three of his fellow second-year veterans, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims Jr. and Kelvin Harmon.

On Friday, Haskins was seen throwing deep passes to Sims, and popular burgundy and gold fan page Redskins Today reposted the footage on Twitter.

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On this route, Haskins hits Sims perfectly in stride on a vertical route down the seam, and the second-year receiver caught the pass perfectly in stride. Sims had a fantastic end to the 2019 season and the undrafted wideout could play a much bigger role for Washington next season.

Haskins, too, is expected to make a significant jump in his second season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has stated he intends to enter training camp with Haskins as the starter, and the quarterback has used this offseason to get into, in his words, "the best shape of [his] life."

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Videos from the workout were documented on filmmaker Joey White's (@officialjoeyw) Instagram story.

Redskins fans hope the extra work Haskins and his receivers are putting in this offseason will translate to success on the field, as Washington finished 31st in total offense and dead last in points per game last season.

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

Over the past couple of weeks, several athletes and many others have made their voices heard on the racial injustices in America following the death of George Floyd.  A number of NFL stars released a joint video statement late Thursday evening, requesting the league to speak up more on the matter.

The NFL had previously released a statement last Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't speak on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a strong response to his players, condemning racism and admitting the league was wrong in not listening to its players earlier.

"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people," Goodell said. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Below is a transcript of Goodell's entire statement:

It has been a difficult time in our country, in particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families that have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices, and others on how we can move forward together for a better and more united NFL family.

These issues were first brought to the NFL forefront in 2016, when ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the national anthem as a way to peacefully protest and raise awareness for racial injustice in America. Kaepernick has not played a snap since he parted ways with the 49ers following that season.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that he, along with many of his peers, plan to kneel for the anthem when the season returns this fall.

Goodell's statement, which directly addressed police brutality and racial injustices in America, is a sign the NFL is moving in the right direction regarding these issues.

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