Cleveland Browns: Breaking down the potential pursuit of Kirk Cousins
First let’s talk about how this move would be great for the team, money aside.
Signing Cousins would allow the Browns to commit to a starter for more than just one season. He would enter 2017 as the starting quarterback, and would be the starter in 2018, regardless of the outcome in 2017.
This type of stability can help the Browns to continue to build the rest of the team, and stop placing focus on a quarterback position that should be solved by now.
Having stability in the quarterback position is a major key to any team’s success, and the Browns should jump at the opportunity to add an experienced quarterback like Cousins if the Redskins decide to let him walk.
He could come to town in March and begin working with his receivers to prepare for the upcoming season. It would also allow the Browns to spend all 11 draft picks on players who don’t play quarterback, meaning the No. 12 pick could be spent on a solid defensive player, or even an offensive lineman.
Cousins may not be at the level of Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but he has led his team to the playoffs and has proven to be a legitimate starting quarterback who can successfully run an offense. For the Browns, that would be something new.
The problem with Cousins is that while he may not be at an elite level, it may take an elite-level contract to get him to Cleveland.