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According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer and really anyone who looks at what Kirk Cousins brings to the table compared to Brian Hoyer is saying the Cleveland Browns are not going to try to trade for him. Both Michigan State quarterbacks bring an almost identical skill set and all indications point to the Browns drafting a quarterback in the first round, so getting Cousins to battle with Hoyer seems redundant to say the least.
The Kyle Shanahan link will make this rumor continue to exist until the bitter end as he was the offensive coordinator for Washington Redskins and will serve in that capacity for the Browns. Naturally, he will want the backup quarterback from his old team unless that guy is not good enough to start and their balder, doppelganger is already here.
The Browns are expected to cut Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell at some point, leaving them with Hoyer and Alex Tanney for the time being. If they draft a quarterback in the first round and they keep Tanney as the third string quarterback, they are set at the position.
Washington also has no urgency to trade Cousins as he is a good, cheap backup for Robert Griffin III and will want to get more than their initial investment of a fourth round pick. In other words, they are probably going to want at least a second round pick or a third round pick and conditional pick, which would be a huge expense for any team.