Redskins deny Kirk Cousins trade report; Browns cite ‘bad reporting’
A bombshell report surfaced during the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night suggesting the Cleveland Browns were attempting to negotiate a trade with the Washington Redskins for Kirk Cousins. But both teams have since denied its accuracy.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport originally broke the story early Thursday evening.
Wow. Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. This is real.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
Given the bombshell nature of Rapoport’s report, it’s hardly surprising both teams were asked about it. And both the Browns and Redskins threw cold water on the notion a trade involving Cousins was ever discussed by the parties.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said no such trade was ever in the offing.
“Not one call. Not one,” Gruden said. “There was no talk about it. Nothing.”
Browns general manager Sashi Brown came out swinging and suggested the media was behind concocting the rumor in the first place.
“Bad reporting is what I would say,” Brown said.
While we’ll never know if Rapoport’s reporting was accurate or not, it’s interesting both the Browns and Redskins vehemently denied any discussions whatsoever between the parties. There obviously could be countless reasons for their denials but one thing is certain: Both teams clearly disputed the perceived veracity of any trade talk regarding Cousins.