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.
The Redskins are in a quarterback pickle after handing Kirk Cousinsunheard-of leverage by way of a second consecutive franchise tag. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is an avowedCousins 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.
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.
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.
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.