Redskins deny Cousins trade report; Browns cite ‘bad reporting’

Both the Browns and Redskins denied a report the teams were engaged in trade talks involving Kirk Cousins. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Given the nature of Rapoport’s report, it’s hardly surprising both teams were asked about it, especially given how Cousins’ future with Washington is unclear and Cleveland is desperate for an upgrade at quarterback.

But 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 intimated the media was at fault for perpetuating 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.

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