A recent report revealed that the San Francisco 49ers tried to trade the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 draft for then Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to The Athletic.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had previously worked with Cousins during his tenure as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Football Team.
However, despite their interest, the Washington team, referred to as the Commanders now, reportedly showed no willingness to entertain the trade discussions.
Mike Shanahan, a long-time NFL coach, and the father of Kyle Shanahan, expressed his thoughts on the matter, saying, “He knew Kirk knew his system, and he knew the type of guy Kirk was. But (Washington) wouldn’t even return the phone call.”
Ultimately, the 49ers were unable to secure Cousins and decided to trade down during the 2017 NFL Draft. They selected defensive lineman Solomon Thomas with the third overall pick.
Unfortunately, Thomas failed to live up to the expectations of his draft position and departed from the team without making a significant impact.
Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, went on to join the Minnesota Vikings, where he continues to serve as the starting quarterback.
While Cousins has proven to be a productive and reliable quarterback in the regular season, he has yet to make a significant mark in the playoffs.