An already eventful NFL offseason has the potential to get a whole lot more interesting.
As the two sides discuss a potential trade involving Kirk Cousins, the Redskins and 49ers could include the Cowboys for a three-way deal that would send Tony Romo to Washington, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
There’s plenty to unpack from the latest update on the pair of star NFC East quarterbacks, starting with the news that the Redskins and 49ers are apparently discussing a Cousins trade.
Considering the continued lack of progress in long-term contract talks, it was always possible that Washington would look to move Cousins. Using the exclusive franchise tag on him ensured the club would retain all negotiating rights, but doesn’t rule out a deal.
San Francisco is a cap-rich team desperately in need of a quarterback to run Kyle Shanahan’s system, and Cousins is an undeniable fit.
Add in the possibility of Romo changing teams, and what would have already been a blockbuster trade gets bumped up to unprecedented status.
Any deal involving the three teams and the two quarterbacks would almost certainly bring the Redskins and Cowboys draft-pick compensation, the most significant of which would go to the former.
A reunion with Shanahan in San Francisco would give Cousins a fresh start, and likely the kind of lucrative long-term deal Washington has been hesitant to hand him.
The Cowboys probably don’t want to see Romo play for an NFC foe, let alone a division rival, but the opportunity to get draft picks in return may offset those concerns. If the Cowboys aren’t able to trade him, it’s likely a matter of time before Dallas will be forced to cut ties by releasing the veteran.
Rapoport’s report is the first mention of a possible three-way deal, and there’s yet to be an indication the teams have held any sort of meaningful dialogue to that end.