The Washington Redskins are still searching for the perfect quarterback to lead them to the postseason.
But with Robert Griffin III out indefinitely with a torn ACL and DeSean Jackson sidelined indefinitely with knee and ankle injuries, they may be on the brink of finding one.
And if it turns out that Kirk Cousins, who’s been the team’s quarterback since he joined the franchise in 2016, can’t take the reins, that could mean the end of a quarterback era that started with Robert Alford in 1979.
A few weeks ago, we reported that the Redskins were in talks with former Rams quarterback Jeff Fisher about returning to Washington.
But the team has since denied those reports.
And now it appears the team might be in the process of trying to lure Cousins to the Washington area to fill out their 2017 draft class.
According to sources familiar with the situation, the team is trying to find a replacement for Cousins who would be able to handle the pressure of playing under RGIII.
That would make the team the first NFL team in a generation to go through a QB search and then hire one who’s under contract for at least two seasons, according to ESPN’s Mike Mayock.
The situation is similar to what happened last season, when the New York Giants had a QB in Matt Cassel that they signed for two years.
The Giants were then able to add veteran Matt Flynn to play in a new offense that included a new QB and new coach, Matt Patricia.
The Redskins, though, have the ability to add a new quarterback before the season even starts, which would allow them to be more aggressive with their rebuilding effort.
The team could also make it clear that it’s looking to bring back one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in the offseason.
It would be interesting to see how the Redskins would do that.
It’s possible that the team would keep the No. 1 overall pick and try to add another QB to the mix.
But it’s also possible that it would make an exception for Cassel and make a decision to try to re-sign Flynn.
Or maybe the team could wait to try again with Cousins if he’s not available.
But they would have to wait a year or two, after he’s officially signed, to be sure that Cousins can still help them win in 2018.
Cousins is one of two players that could be available.
The other is veteran Matt Cassels.
And while Cousins is under contract through 2020, he would be an unrestricted free agent after that.
The Washington Redskins will look to add more depth to the roster this offseason with the signing of defensive tackle Trent Murphy, safety Robert Alston and cornerback Ryan Anderson.
But there’s a real chance that the franchise could lose both Cousins and Alston to free agency, which could leave them with only two quarterbacks, according the ESPN draft projection.
With Cousins out indefinitely, the Redskins could be on a short list of teams who could be in need of a new starting quarterback.