The random looniness continues. This time, the Washington Redskins are linked to a three-way trade involving Kirk Cousins and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins used the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins that would keep the passer under center for the 2017 season at just under a $24 million price tag. Three days later we have a report that might send Cousins to San Francisco and Tony Romo to switching sides in the NFL's fiercest rivalry.
Romo is rumored to be on his way out of Dallas, via trade or release, after the Cowboys struck gold with Dak Prescott in the fourth round last season, which does not make the report of a three-team trade too crazy.
Over the last two years, Romo has played in just five games because of multiple injuries, but he has put up impressive stats in the past. From 2011 to 2014, Romo averaged 4,155 yards and 31 touchdowns for Dallas.
Now, who's to say this rumor is legit or not planted by another team, but it's worth noting this report involves a trade with Cousins. Redskins team president Bruce Allen just this week said Washington gave Cousins the exclusive franchise tag in part to avoid more trade rumors. Oops.
Should Washington be shopping Cousins, it could mean they are not close to a long-term deal and looking to get something before he potentially walks this time next year. Signing Cousins to an unprecedented third consecutive franchise tag would not make sense as the cost would go up to around $30 million.
San Francisco currently holds the 2nd and 34th overall picks in the 2017 NFL draft, while Washington and Dallas hold the 17th and 28th, respectively. If a trade were to go down, expect those to be key in negotiations.
Buckle up Redskins fans because the player you have been rooting against for the past decade could end up running the show for your team.
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