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.