Kirk Cousins has reportedly asked Dan Snyder to trade him, but Jason La Canfora doesn’t know if that’s entirely accurate.
“I think to call it a trade demand is a little disingenuous,” the CBS Sports NFL insider said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “He wants to be paid, he knows he wants to be paid, they know he wants to be paid, and they’ve got a $24 million tender in front of him. His message to them is if you negotiate off of that, we’ve got something to talk about; if you don’t, then send me somewhere that will. The reality is there’s only a few teams where it might make sense for. I don’t think that’s San Francisco anymore after what they did (Wednesday) with Brian Hoyer. Could they sign (Cousins) and trade Hoyer? Maybe, but Hoyer has a realistic chance to make $9 million there, and when he went there, they said, ‘We might get Cousins a year from now, but we’re not doing anything now.’
“The reality for the Redskins is if Cousins truly wanted out and wasn’t willing to play for $24 million next year in Washington, then he wouldn’t be signing the tag,” La Canfora continued. “He’s going to sign that tender. He’ll take his money wherever he can get it. This idea that he only wants to play for Kyle Shanahan is crazy talk. And the reality is if he has to play one more year in Washington for $24 million, he’ll be a good trooper. He won’t say anything publicly, he won’t withhold his services, he won’t hold out – that’s just not his style. But would he like to be out of there because the palace is crumbling and they’re losing their GM and the whole thing is falling apart? Sure. I’m sure there’s a lot of guys who would like to be out of there, but that’s easier said than done.”
Jay Cutler, meanwhile, will be released by the Chicago Bears. Cutler turns 34 in April and played in just five games last year due to thumb and shoulder injuries.
Will Cutler play in the NFL in 2017?
“He’ll have opportunities to,” La Canfora said. “Will the price make sense for him? That’s what he’s going to have to decide. He’s made a lot of money in his career, just like a guy like Darrelle Revis. He’s been paid money in the past to go away, and he collected a lot of money in some years he hasn’t played all that much. How badly does he want it? The teams that want him are not going to be close to getting a ring.”
The Jets, for example, have reportedly been interested in Cutler since the Super Bowl, albeit for the right price.
“Now he’s kind of the last man standing,” La Canfora said. “If he’s willing to do it, you get Jay Cutler as your band-aid for a year or two, and I expect them to be in the market to draft yet another quarterback.”
With Cutler out of the picture, the Bears will reportedly sign Mike Glennon to a three-year $45 million deal that includes $19 million guaranteed.
That seems high for a guy who’s been a backup for two years, but as La Canfora explained, the contract is misleading.
“First of all, this $15 million a year is bogus,” he said. “It’s going to end up being two years, $19 million. He’s going to be below Fitzpatrick last year. If he hits some incentives, it could be more. But I would be shocked (if it’s $15 million a year). It’s above Chase Daniel, but it’s still below Fitzpatrick. He’s a band-aid – and not as expensive a band-aid as Fitzpatrick.”