Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now


Cleveland Browns: Impacts of the Alex Smith trade

Cleveland Browns: Impacts of the Alex Smith trade

With Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith traded to the Redskins and Cousins set to become a free agent in March, the Browns will explore the possibility of signing him, and every other available veteran.

The Washington Redskins seemingly acquired their starting quarterback going forward in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that brought Alex Smith to Washington in exchange for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick. Therefore, they're more likely to seriously pursue the next tier of quarterbacks, including Cincinnati's AJ McCarron, whoever shakes out from the Vikings, and other potential free agents. Also for Washington, their time with Kirk Cousins is now up.

Meaning, Cousins may not end up being the league's top free agent after all, which would be big news to teams like the Jets, Broncos, Cardinals, Browns, Bills, Jaguars and Vikings, who are in search of a solid quarterback.

But what about a possible tag-and-trade situation in which Washington could get more than a 2019 compensatory third-rounder for Cousins?

The Redskins would immediately place a $34.5 million hold on their salary cap, essentially frozen cap space until Cousins agrees to the franchise tag.




"I knew it would be a tough decision if it came down to deciding what to do in free agency", Cousins told ESPN's NFL Live on Friday.

Cousins turned in the 20th-most Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back among the 35 quarterbacks to top 200 drop backs in 2017. The Redskins, with Robert Griffin III on the roster and with uncertainty over Cousins' future, wanted to wait. For Kansas City, Andy Reid and the front office are ready to hand the keys of the offense over to Patrick Mahomes, a player who KC spent a first round pick on in last year's draft. Several hours before the trade leaked out, one source close to Cousins said they had no idea if the Redskins would tag him or let him test the market. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State".

Cousins has gone on the record as saying that money will not the sole determining factor, however, as after dealing with the Redskins he wants to join a stable franchise that can also win, which would take the Browns out of the running. Three teams were mentioned by National Football League execs as the most likely landing spots for Cousins. Cousins would be allowed to seek offers from other teams.

Sure, they could. They have two second-round picks this year (37th and 49th).

"Anytime you hear positive things from your peers it means a great deal", Cousins told USA Today.

follow

editors' picks

February 03, 2018
Amazon pledges to continue to increase video budget
The stock has gained 67% for the one-year period, through Thursday, far outpacing the S&P 500's 26.3% return. But even without the benefit, the profit number would have been the largest in the company's history.

February 02, 2018
US Stocks Fall For Second Consecutive Day
According to Bespoke Investment Group the S&P 500 could end its record streak without consecutive declines of 0.5 per cent. USA markets have suffered a second day of steep losses, as investors dumped health care companies and Apple .

February 01, 2018
Nokia 3310 gets a new 4G VoLTE variant
The Nokia 3310 4G variant was spotted on TENAA some time back and after the initial leaks, the phone is now official in China. The 3310 4G however switches to YunOS which is designed by tweaking Android OS developed by Chinese shopping giant Alibaba.

February 01, 2018
Shopian narrative: Army vs police
Why are we even running the government in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has asked. Tell Mehbooba (Mufti) to withdraw the FIR else her government would be toppled".

February 01, 2018
Chiefs QB Alex Smith Off To Washington In Monster NFL Trade
Though a deal is in place for Smith, it can't technically be finished until the new league year begins on March 14. They signed several QBs but did not find a lot of success since Brett Favre's one-year stint with the franchise.

January 31, 2018
56% of Irish Voters Want Change, PM Greenlights Abortion Referendum
Mr Breen said his decision is influenced by his personal experience of losing a baby that was born at 20 weeks. The committee has called for terminations to be allowed without restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

January 30, 2018
Cyber War With China Using 5G? Trump Officials Disagree About The Reports
As Axios notes, the wireless industry is already deploying 5G networks to customers. It would then rent access to carriers like AT&T , Verizon and T-Mobile, it said.

January 29, 2018
Carmelo Anthony becomes 21st National Basketball Association player to score 25000 points
But one thing about Dre, man, he's tough, and he's a strong person, so he'll definitely persevere through it". "It's s***. The Thunder shooting guard was in the middle of both All-Defensive Team and Defensive Player of the Year discussions.

January 28, 2018
Trump Administration: End NASA Funding for ISS by 2025
In the budget documents, seen by The Verge , all financial support from the United States could be terminated by 2025. It's not entirely unreasonable that funding for the Space Station would end by 2025.

January 28, 2018
Nelly Faces Two New Accusations Of Sexual Assault
She says Nelly suggested she and a friend accompany him to an after-party, offering a ride since she had been drinking. Nelly allegedly pulled up his trousers , walked towards her, and again dropped his trousers and started masturbating.