Charley Casserly - NFL Network’s analyst for the shows "NFL’s Total Access" and "Path to the Draft" - spent over two decades in the NFL as general manager and front office executive; much of which came while serving various roles with the Washington Redskins between 1977-1999. The Redskins would go to four Super Bowls during his tenure there, winning three. Following the ’99 season, where he was fired by Skins’ GM Dan Snyder, Casserly headed to Houston to serve in the same role for the Texans [from 2000-2005].
As it is for many GM’s, Casserly had his hits...and his misses. He selected players like 3x Pro Bowl running back/return specialist Brian Mitchell. He’d also draft now Hall-of-Famer Champ Bailey. In Houston, he took Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.
He also drafted Heath Shuler third overall in the 1994 draft. Shuler, to this day, is known as one of the biggest draft busts of all time. You can’t win ‘em all.
Current day, Casserly, as aforementioned, spends his time writing for, and appearing on, NFL Network. On Monday - along with Willie McGinest, Jeffri Chadiha, Eric Davis, and Gil Brandt - the five former players/execs identified a few teams who had more pressing matters than simply waiting for what lies ahead in free agency or the draft.
And it appears that Charley Casserly has another bust, not boom, idea, specifically for the Los Angeles Rams...
Still gonna take some getting used to writing that full team name again...
Ok, Charlie, we’re live. Give us the good stuff.
The Rams have a playoff-caliber defense and a Pro Bowl RB, but they desperately need a QB. Season-ticket applications are flying in right now, but that will not last if they don't win. Mediocrity will not sell in L.A. They need to get a QB, perhaps in a bold, aggressive move like trading two No. 1s for Kirk Cousins if the Redskins franchise him.
Whoa now. Let’s not get carried away here.
Cousins is probably the most coveted of the QB’s in the 2016 free agency crop. But that’s not saying much. If he does hit the market, which still seems unlikely, his top "competition" amongst FA quarterbacks will be Sam Bradford, and Redskins’ scout team safety Robert Griffin III.
Cousins did, however, put together a solid campaign last season. He finished the year with 4,166 yards passing [10th], 29 TD’s [12th] to 11 INT’s, and a 101.6 rating [6th].
The reality of the situation, despite the Redskins apparent hesitancy to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, is that the QB holds the cards. The Redskins don’t have a viable option at backup, and it would be unwise to assume they’d find production elsewhere -- via free agency or the draft. Worst case scenario, the Redskins slap him with the franchise tag, and they’ve got him locked up for at least another year.
There’s only one thing I could imagine would get Snyder and Redskins contemplating letting Cousins walk, and that’s Casserly’s idea...coughing up two first round picks.
I’m not sure whether it was the sheer shock of having to type "Los Angeles Rams" or simply the fact that he has a rooting interest for an organization he spent 20+ years with, but mortgaging your future by giving up two first round picks seems much more a Redskins-type move than it does a Rams one. *zing*