Let’s be honest – the Oakland Raiders aren’t sold on either Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor. Assuming that’s the case, one quarterback they could target this offseason to fix their problems under center is Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins.
So far this offseason, the Redskins have reassured fans that Robert Griffin III is their quarterback moving forward, and there will be no competition between him and Cousins for the starting job. Then Cousins made it clear that he’s open to being traded. The pieces seem to be falling into place for a deal to get done, but would the Raiders be in the mix for the former fourth-rounder?
Well if their current quarterback depth chart has anything to say about it, yes.
McGloin was a pleasant surprise last season, but the former undrafted free agent out of Penn State offers limited long-term potential. Pryor looked good to start the 2013 campaign, but quickly crumbled after teams figured out how to take advantage of his raw passing abilities. Unless head coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie want to bet their jobs on one of those two quarterbacks, they’d be wise to find a better option under center.
Since entering the NFL in 2012, Cousins has shown some considerable potential as a starter. In limited action (eight games, four starts), he’s completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,320 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Although he struggled a bit in 2013, his performances as RG3’s fill-in during his rookie season were more than enough to convince teams he can be a No. 1 quarterback.
Cousins can’t be traded until the new league year opens on March 11, but the potential is there for the Raiders to strike a deal for the young gunslinger. They have several young pieces and seven draft picks to work with, and the Redskins are definitely in need of some help.
If McKenzie can put together a solid package, there’s no reason why the Raiders couldn’t explore a trade for Cousins.