The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster.
The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft) to Dallas, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, via sources informed of the potential talks.
To be clear, the proposed swap is in a stage so preliminary that serious negotiations have yet to take place — and might never reach fruition.
The Redskins are in a quarterback pickle after handing Kirk Cousins unheard-of leverage by way of a second consecutive franchise tag. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is an avowed Cousins booster. After mentoring Cousins for two years in Washington, Shanahan attempted to trade for the former Michigan State star after landing the Browns offensive coordinator job in 2014.
“We’re always going to look to invest in that position,” Brown said. “I think we’ve got three young guys on the roster between Robert, Cody and Kevin that we’re excited to have back. But we will always look to add to that position. We think there are some guys in the draft that are intriguing for us. There could be some guys in free agency, depending on how things shake out, that can help us, too.”
When Brown also said he could imagine entering the 2017 season with just those three on the roster, he was asked why.
“That could be the reality that we’re faced with, so it’s something that you have to prepare for,” Brown said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s an aiming point on our target. And I’d leave it at that. But we do like having Cody and the work they’ve put in. Robert’s come in and obviously had a tough year with the durability and the injury early. But the reality is those are three guys on our roster and we’ll continue to develop and work with them.