Beyond the obvious thought that Kurt Cousins is head and shoulders above the free agent crow of QBs in the market, up to and including (The Life of) Brian Hoyer and Matt (Hot Tub) Barkley, does anybody think he will end up on the 49ers this year? As long-shotty as that sounds, and the fact that we could get him next year as a free agent, there are some factors that say yes, and some that say hell to the no.
One big thing about Cousins is he is on the Washington Redskins, and Dan Snyder is the owner of the Redskins. Dan Snyder had a major falling out with Mike Shanahan a few years back and does not really want to help any of the Shanahans, including Kyle. Trading Cousins to us would do just that. But, Cousins has publicly expressed his desire to return to Washington. Washington on the other hand has NO leverage at this point. I fully expect a lowball offer for Cousins from John Lynch at some point in the immediate future. Wash stands to lose him entirely next year as:
a) He wants out
b) He wants to be with Shanahan
c) He’s a free agent
So, Washington is forced to make a hugely outlandish offer to Cousins that still may not get him to stay in DC, or they let him walk next year without any compensation short a comp pick in 2019. He doesn’t even want to be there , and losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon isn’t helping things. Although they did pick up the semi-disgruntled, semi-sad Terelle Pryor from the Factory of Sadness.
Also, Washington just lost their GM Scotty McLoughan, a guy we know and love, to a power struggle with Bruce Allen. Sound familiar? Right. This isn’t a GM and a coach fighting, it is an EVP and a GM. Either way, a sure sign that the clowns in the front office are too busty stabbing each other to pay attention to the team on the field. Scotty got the ‘Skins some good players, and they had a mini-playoff run, something they hadn’t seen in a while, but they are in a downward spiral, and they have a lame-duck QB who actively wants out.
Don’t be too surprised to see a 3, a 4 and next year’s 2 get him. Hey, it could happen.