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Report: Kirk Cousins “open” to trade from Washington

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After two seasons backing up Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins reportedly wouldn’t mind an opportunity to start elsewhere.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cousins is “open” to being traded from Washington.

The 25-year-old Cousins completed 81-of-155 passes for 854 yards with four TDs and nine turnovers (seven interceptions, two fumbles) in five games in 2013. Cousins started the last three games after then-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made the call to shut down Griffin for the season.

New Redskins coach Jay Gruden has named Griffin the undisputed starter.

In theory, a trade of Cousins could appeal to Washington, for it could be a way for the club to add a pick or picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cousins is signed for the next two seasons at paltry base salaries ($570,000 and $650,000, respectively), which could increase his value, for an acquiring team would get a potential starting quarterback and significant short-term cost certainty at an expensive position.

However, it’s unclear whether Washington would be willing to move Cousins, who is a valuable insurance policy. It seems reasonable to believe that were Washington to be open to dealing Cousins, the club would want to charge a premium for the second-year pro from Michigan State, given the value of the quarterback position.

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44 Responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins “open” to trade from Washington”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    I’d be open, too. Goodness. Come to Jax!

  2. justbust says: Feb 2, 2014 11:23 AM

    To the browns for the Pick they got for Trent Richardson

  3. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 2, 2014 11:24 AM

    Oakland’s gullible ears just perked up

  4. stephenolszewski says: Feb 2, 2014 11:26 AM

    Browns better not even think about it…We only accept one average Michigan State QB, I can see Kyle Shannahan now begging for us to get his boy

  5. finster1989 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:30 AM

    Deep down inside, Cousins is saying please, please, please let me get the hell away from this team

  6. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 2, 2014 11:30 AM

    San Fran should try to get him.

  7. jpb12 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    Ryan Mallet is better

  8. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Feb 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    FLYNN 2.0

  9. lennymoorerules says: Feb 2, 2014 11:54 AM

    Cousins sees 22 years with no SB ring and says -gotta go

  10. wtfchiefs says: Feb 2, 2014 11:55 AM

    Scott Mitchell, Rob Johnson, Mart Cassel, Kirk Cousins.

  11. edavidberg says: Feb 2, 2014 11:56 AM

    I actually think Cousins is worth a low first rounder. Some of these guys coming out have just as many question marks and with Cousins you have an edge on experience and development.

  12. ballboy48 says: Feb 2, 2014 12:03 PM

    Hoyer can probably run Shanahan’s offense just as good, if not better, than Cousins. Cleveland shouldn’t even entertain this at all.

  13. seatownballers says: Feb 2, 2014 12:13 PM

    Get me outtttta here!

  14. ravenswhat says: Feb 2, 2014 12:20 PM

    I would laugh hard if any team gave up less than a 3rd for him. He looked awful filling in for bob.

  15. vikes89allday says: Feb 2, 2014 12:33 PM

    Minnesota Vikings make the move

  16. phinfan says: Feb 2, 2014 12:49 PM

    Good kid, he has his head on his shoulders better than RGme. I wish him well.

  17. fdugrad says: Feb 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    Is Washington CERTAIN Griffin will be the future for the team at QB? Perhaps before trading Cousins to another team they should ask themselves if The Niners wish they still had Alex Smith on their squad.

  18. jadaruler says: Feb 2, 2014 12:56 PM

    Why would I want this guy over the crop coming out? I might give up a 4th for this guy but nothing huge.

  19. toonloonboon says: Feb 2, 2014 12:56 PM

    hes only worth a 3rd at best, probably a 4th. they might as well as keep him.

  20. threedeep1998 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:05 PM

    LoL at people saying “49ers still want Alex Smith”.

  21. jamesbarnes says: Feb 2, 2014 1:08 PM

    High character, smart, humble, good arm and good personal drive. He’s certainly worth a 2nd if not a low 1st at his current locked salary.

    I like the guy, so I sincerely hope he catches on wherever he ends up in the long term.

  22. garyhd01 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:14 PM

    i have said the rams could trade down from number 2 get a few extra picks and give up a mid 2nd to 3rd rounder for him as insurance for bradford and to push him a bit in preseason

  23. mediumlebowski says: Feb 2, 2014 1:16 PM

    paltry base salaries ($570,000 and $650,000

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I wouldn’t mind making that kind of paltry

  24. brownoholic says: Feb 2, 2014 1:20 PM

    If he’s valuable, keep him there. RG3 will never make it through a full season.

    And to those talking Brownies, Lombardi is smitten by Ryan Mallett.

  25. blowfishes says: Feb 2, 2014 1:23 PM

    Oh please!!!

    The guy might be worth a very low 2nd/high 3rd to a desperate team, but unless Kyle Shanahan has seen something that would work with the Browns, I would rather spin the wheel with a rookie who has a higher ceiling.

    As a Vikings fan -who EVERYBODY knows needs solid help at the QB position – I would be very upset if the made a trade for him!

    I’m not saying the Vikings HAVE to draft their next QB, only that if they did go down another route, I’d expect someone better!

  26. tomcous says: Feb 2, 2014 1:34 PM

    Jay Gruden should send him to the Bengals!

    I strongly believe the price on Kirk is going to be a 2nd pick and that a deal is going to happen for the benefit of both Kirk & Washington … RGIII is looking over his shoulder too much

  27. tellemallrex says: Feb 2, 2014 1:38 PM

    Jets?

  28. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 2, 2014 1:47 PM

    Lord I hope the browns do not trade a first or 2nd rounder for this guy. They need to stick with Hoyer and or whomever they draft in 1rst round. The bengals, or steelers, could probably make a move on this guy since Dalton will never get them out of first round of playoffs, and fat Ben is at the end of his career.

  29. willycents says: Feb 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    I could see a team with a “middle aged” q-back, around 30 years old, or one with a mediocre starter, say, GB, Minne, Seattle, NO, using him to sit on the bench and learn, prepping for the starter role. There is tape on the guy in the NFL for study. More of a known quantity than a rookie. Worth a second or a second and a fourth, I would think

  30. getyourownname says: Feb 2, 2014 1:56 PM

    He is only verbalizing the same request every other Skins player is thinking.

  31. tinbender2000 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:01 PM

    They should trade him strait across for Matt Barkley, just to show how smart they are. :)

  32. nels13 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:15 PM

    This from the guy who said on a Redskins radio show back in Dec. “I’m 100 per cent sure this is true and it happen and it’s a fact” then asked how he knows his reply was “I don’t know”…I wouldn’t believe this clown if he said the sun gave us heat

  33. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    When he leaves the most popular player perch on the team of backup QB, the realizations of why he was a 4th round pick will sink in for whoever is dumb enough to bite on this proposition.

  34. azjohnny says: Feb 2, 2014 2:43 PM

    Cousins is worth a solid 2nd round/possible 1st round pick. IMO is better than any of the QBs coming out this year depending on the system you will be running. Could be a great WC style QB. Cousins is a quick thinker with a very good attitude

  35. Big Ant TV says: Feb 2, 2014 2:51 PM

    my cleveland browns please dnt be suckers for this

  36. dcapettini says: Feb 2, 2014 2:55 PM

    Well Duh! Do you think he might be “open” to a trade? I’d rather pick up Schaub than this guy. He did not show anything when he got his chances, except for the one game against Baltimore. Except for Brees, no backup QB has really done much.

  37. tory707 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:07 PM

    Funny how some Washington fans compared him to Foles and said he was better. Not even close!!! Foles will be the new superstar qb along with Luck. And don’t tell me the guys in SF & Seattle. They are decent but…

  38. eyesurcan26 says: Feb 2, 2014 3:19 PM

    Qb needy teams might be able to benefit from young guys like this…who knows! we’re not the experts, so ya never know who might be a good fit and where it’s a crapshoot in my opinion…GO BROWNS!!!!!!!!!!

  39. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 2, 2014 3:31 PM

    He’s a good back-up and nothing more. Not every QB drafted from 2012 is going to be a stud in the future. Just look at Tannehill and Weeden.

  40. ytownjoe says: Feb 2, 2014 3:43 PM

    The Browns will never take this guy because he can’t beat out Hoyer to start. Cleveland will draft a guy and start him when he’s ready.

  41. cajunfury says: Feb 2, 2014 3:50 PM

    I think he deserves a chance to start somewhere else. However, I think whichever team it is should have a somewhat decent run game. He’s shown flashes but I hope Washington doesn’t think that they’re going to get a pick anywhere near in the first 3 rounds. That’s just not gonna happen. Washington would just sign one of the veteran QBs in free agency.

  42. deltaoracle says: Feb 2, 2014 3:52 PM

    willycents says: “… (team with a) mediocre starter like GB, Minne, Seattle, NO using him…”

    Okay class, one of these is not the same as the others. Do you know which one?

  43. tillihawk says: Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    MAybe Denver after last night… to work behind Peyton for one season then start..

  44. magilagorilla says: Feb 3, 2014 6:27 PM

    Put down the crackpipe people. Kirk Cousins has a 2013 Passer rating of 58 and an oveall QB rating of 26 (4 TD’s vs 9 Turnovers). If you could get anything at all for him it would be a miracle. In his second year Josh Freemans passer rating was 101, and his overall QBR was 60. Would you give a #1 for Freeman? Would you give anything for Freeman? In this league you can either play or you can’t. Those who can are priceless, and those who can’t are worthless. Kirk Cousins has had 2 years to learn and the results are horrible.

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