Washington Redskins fans will forever be in debt to Kirk Cousins after what he did for the team in the home stretch of the 2012 season. After Robert Griffin III went down with a knee injury late in the game against the Baltimore Ravens, Cousins got the Redskins into the end zone and score the two point conversion to send the game into overtime, leading the Redskins to a much-needed victory.
After the next game, another win against the Cleveland Browns, there was a vote of confidence in the rookie from Michigan State. Undoubtedly, general managers across the league took notice. Cousins is no longer seen as a backup, but as a contingency plan to one of the hottest and most vulnerable properties in the game, Robert Griffin III. But there’s a scenario in which both the Redskins and Cousins could see their paths move down a positive road. Imagine if you will, Griffin misses the first three games of the season, and Cousins leads the Redskins to wins in all three.
Once Griffin returns, he keeps up the winning ways for the Redskins which leads to another playoff appearance, all while staying uninjured the entire way through. If that happens, the Redskins would face a scenario in which they have two star quarterbacks. Now, there is no way they would trade Griffin away, he’s worth too much money both on and off the field. But Cousins wouldn’t have the negative marketing impact if he were to leave Washington.
With this year and next year’s quarterback classes in the draft looking dismal, there’s a chance that Cousins could be shipped if Griffin proves he can stay healthy. But what could the Redskins get for him? After coming away from the Griffin trade with two fewer first round draft picks, perhaps the Redskins could at least get one of those back. If a team is really willing to spend, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Cousins to draw a first and third rounder.
There’s a lot that needs to happen between now and then, though. We’ll see how it all plays out, but don’t expect Cousins to be a Redskins quarterback forever.
Korey Beckett is a writer for RantSports.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.