Steelers, Titans could be in mix for Dre Kirkpatrick

Several teams will be taking a hard look at the secondary market in free agency, which is good news for impending free agent Dre Kirkpatrick.

The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback hasn’t been the most consistent throughout his career since being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but he’s entering a potentially lucrative market for starting corners. Nearly every NFL team has plenty of spending room under the $167 million salary cap, and it appears Kirkpatrick won’t be teamless for long once the free-agent signing period opens Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans are set to be in the mix for Kirkpatrick once he hits free agency, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

From the Redskins’ point of view, per Rapoport, replacing Cousins with Romo would be a rare scenario that answers the ongoing quarterback question and allows them to move forward at the position without being hamstrung by a long-term deal.

Any three-way trade hypothetical naturally presents countless hurdles. For starters, the Cowboys would have to be comfortable with the idea of sending Romo to a division rival — an act of conciliation which should raise the reddest of flags in Redskins headquarters.

The last time a division rival sent a potential franchise savior to Washington, the Redskins were left holding the bag on the decline phase of Donovan McNabb’s career.

It doesn’t hurt the 49ers and Redskins to broach the subject with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Unless the deal is heavily slanted in the Cowboys’ favor, though, Romo won’t be wearing burgundy and gold in 2017.

A trip to the NFL Scouting Combine wouldn’t be complete without a fresh batch of trade innuendo. At this stage of the game, there’s little reason to believe the fanciful blockbuster will result in the two marquee quarterbacks changing teams.14

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