Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has made it very clear that he will upgrade the current roster in any way possible. The team is in the market to improve its quarterback position this offseason and the free agent class is weak. That has sprung rumors that the Raiders could be interested in acquiring quarterback Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Redskins want a second round draft choice for Cousins. In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders hold the fourth pick in the second round which would be 36th overall.
Cousins played well in relief of Robert Griffin III as a rookie, but was not as sharp in three starts last season. As a rookie, Cousins started one game and played in three total. He completed 68 percent of his passes (33-48) for 466 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He came back last season and started the last three games for Washington. He exploded the first week completing 29-45 passes for 381 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The next two starts his numbers plummeted. He has unable to complete 60 percent of his passes or throw for more than 200 yards in either game. He recorded one touchdown and three interceptions in the final two starts and completed a gross 38.8 percent of his passes in the season finale against the New York Giants. He lost all three games he started in 2013.
With such a small body of work it is difficult to make a determination of Cousins either way. He has had some fine moments and some struggles. There is a cautionary tail in trading a high pick for an unproven back-up. The Raiders are determined to at least find competition for Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin this offseason, but they learned the hard way acquiring Matt Flynn last year that trading for a back-up is a gamble. The Raiders will have a better idea of where they stand after seeing the quarterback performances at the NFL Combine starting Saturday.
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