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Report: Browns not likely to trade for Kirk Cousins

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Never say never but the Browns probably won't trade for Kirk Cousins. (USATSI)
Never say never but the Browns aren't likely to trade for Kirk Cousins. (USATSI)

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is reportedly open to a trade, which is sort of like saying we're reportedly open to someone giving us a million dollars. Even if we're not actively reminding you of this, it still holds because, well, who wouldn't want a million dollars (or to graduate from backup to NFL starter)?

Accepting that as fact, then the question becomes: Who would trade for Cousins? The obvious answer: The Browns, who just hired Kyle Shanahan, the recently fired Redskins offensive coordinator, for the same position in Cleveland.

There's more: In Dec. 2012, when Browns general manager Mike Lombardi was still working for NFL Network, he wrote a column lauding Shanahan's abilities to get the most out of two rookie quarterbacks: Robert Griffin III and Cousins.

"[Shanahan's] work with Cousins in [Week 15's] crucial win over the Cleveland Browns has made everyone in the league stand up and notice -- especially those teams in dire need of a quarterback and a coach," Lombardi wrote at the time.

Thirteen months later and Shanahan's fortunes have changed dramatically. The Redskins won four times in 2013, and Kyle and his dad, Mike, were fired days after the season. After interviewing with Baltimore for their offensive coordinator vacancy, he landed in Cleveland last week.

And while the Browns remain on the search for their next franchise quarterback, Cousins doesn't appear to be in the team's future, a source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

Of course, as Cabot adds, "The truth is, anything can happen with the Browns when it comes to their starting quarterback for 2014. If they draft a quarterback at No. 4 such as Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater, he'll most likely start the season."

It could also mean Brian Hoyer, whose brief success last season was cut short by a knee injury, could be retained to backup whomever the team drafts in the first round.

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