Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will replace Super Bowl-bound Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl, according to ESPN’s John Keim. It’s the first time the ex-Michigan State signal-caller has made the NFL all-star game.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will play in the Pro Bowl as an alternate, a source said. Atlanta's Matt Ryan… https://t.co/BeFfFU0hZe
— John Keim (@john_keim) January 23, 2017
Cousins threw for 4,917 yards, 13th most in a single season in NFL history and third-most this year, with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016.
Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and could be a logical fit with the 49ers, who are expected to hire Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their head coach after the Super Bowl. Shanahan was Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-2013 — two of those seasons with Cousins as a backup.
ESPN reports that the 49ers will aggressively pursue Cousins if the Redskins don’t sign him to a long-term deal or use the franchise tag. Even if they do, San Francisco could try to trade for Cousins, perhaps using the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft to do it.