Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Redskins won 41-21.  Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In their decades-long quest to find a franchise quarterback, the Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking to the trade market. Specifically, they’re looking at Kirk Cousins.

“Per a league source, there’s a growing belief in some circles that the Browns will try to acquire Cousins via trade,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported. “Another source said that, when Cousins chose to sign his franchise tender last week, the one concern he had is that, after the tender is signed, he can be traded. He specifically was concerned about being traded to Cleveland.”

We don’t know what the Browns would be expected to give up in this rumored deal. Still, we can safely assume that the Redskins wouldn’t give him away for cheap.

Statistically, it’s easy to see why Cleveland would want Cousins. Over the last two seasons, he’s completed better than 68 percent of his passes for more than 9,000 yards, had 54 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 99.3 passer rating. Plenty of teams would love that kind of production from the quarterback position. Given their historical quarterback struggles, the Browns would likely covet it more than most.

But would Cousins stay with the franchise? If Cousins was “concerned about being traded to Cleveland,” chances are that he doesn’t really want to be there.

So, could the Browns do enough to convince Cousins that Cleveland is a good fit?

If they can, then this trade may be sensible to pursue. With that said, it’s worth pointing out that judging by the history of this franchise, the answer to the aforementioned question is an unequivocal no.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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While there are obscure quarterbacks who threw passes for the Washington Redskins, the QBs featured in this quiz were the ‘top passer’ for the team that year, according to the number of yards passing. We have identified 29 (with some repeats), how many of them can you name?

Clue: Years active

 

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1932
Honolulu Hughes
1933
Jim Musick
1934
Steve Hokuf
1935
Bill Shepherd
1936
Eddie Britt
1937-1938
Sammy Baugh
1939
Frank Filchock
1940-1943
Sammy Baugh
1944
Frank Filchock
1945-1951
Sammy Baugh
1952-1953
David LeBaron
1954
Al Dorow
1955
David LeBaron
1956
Al Dorow
1957-1959
David LeBaron
1960
Ralph Guglielmi
1961-1963
Norm Snead
1964-1970
Sonny Jurgensen
1971-1977
Billy Kilmer
1978-1985
Joe Thiesmann
1986-1987
Jay Schroeder
1988
Doug Williams
1989-1993
Mark Rypien
1994
Heath Shuler
1995-1997
Gus Frerotte
1998
Trent Green
1999-2000
Brad Johnson
2001
Tony Banks
2002-2004
Patrick Ramsey
2005-2006
Mark Brunell
2007-2009
Jason Campbell
2010
Donovan McNabb
2011
Rex Grossman
2012-2013
Robert Griffin III
2014-2016
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