The Redskins play the Steelers tonight on (preseason) Monday Night Football, and Kirk Cousins figures to play the first half, which leads to this sort of thing:
Jon Gruden on ESPN: "If I were a coach, I'd offer a first-round pick to the Redskins to get Kirk Cousins on my team."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2013
Does Gruden, who has a vested interest in MNF, have incentive to hype the broadcast for ESPN? Yes. Does he have a point? Well, maybe.
There is serious, credible hype building around Kirk Cousins being worth a first-round pick in a trade. First Peter King, now Jon Gruden.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 19, 2013
Skins fans have hoped for that sort of outcome ever since Mike Shanahan drafted Cousins in the fourth round last year, three rounds after drafting RGIII. But what would Shanahan do now?
If the Redskins are offered a first-round pick for Kirk Cousins, they should make that trade immediately.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) August 19, 2013
I don’t see how Cousins has first-round value right now, and he also has high value for the Redskins at the moment (via RGKnee), so it’s not like a trade is imminent. After this season, though, is another story.
Imagine if RGIII is healthy, and Cousins continues to acquit himself well, then the Skins’ 2012 fourth-rounder, like Matt Schaub, Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn before him, becomes the hot backup QB du jour. Remember, the Eagles did get Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick for Kolb just two years ago.
That’s the best-case scenario, and it means Cousins doesn’t get a chance to shine when it counts. Meaning, tonight is his prime time. If KC looks like he could start somewhere, that means the Redskins win.