The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft) to Dallas, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, via sources informed of the potential talks.
To be clear, the proposed swap is in a stage so preliminary that serious negotiations have yet to take place -- and might never reach fruition.
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The Redskins are in a quarterback pickle after handing Kirk Cousins unheard-of leverage by way of a second consecutive franchise tag. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is an avowed Cousins booster. After mentoring Cousins for two years in Washington, Shanahan attempted to trade for the former Michigan State star after landing the Browns offensive coordinator job in 2014.
When teams have asked the 49ers what they plan to do about the quarterback position, Rapoport added on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, they have responded, "Don't worry. We are going to acquire one."
From the Redskins' point of view, per Rapoport, replacing Cousins with Romo would be a rare scenario that answers the ongoing quarterback question and allows them to move forward at the position without being hamstrung by a long-term deal.
Any three-way trade hypothetical naturally presents countless hurdles. For starters, the Cowboys would have to be comfortable with the idea of sending Romo to a division rival -- an act of conciliation which should raise the reddest of flags in Redskins headquarters.
The last time a division rival sent a potential franchise savior to Washington, the Redskins were left holding the bag on the decline phase of Donovan McNabb's career.
It doesn't hurt the 49ers and Redskins to broach the subject with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Unless the deal is heavily slanted in the Cowboys' favor, though, Romo won't be wearing burgundy and gold in 2017.
A trip to the NFL Scouting Combine wouldn't be complete without a fresh batch of trade innuendo. At this stage of the game, there's little reason to believe the fanciful blockbuster will result in the two marquee quarterbacks changing teams.