The Redskins picked quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round two years ago, but they are reportedly looking for something better in a trade for him this offseason.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the team would like a second-round pick in return for their backup quarterback. The Redskins don’t have a first-round pick in the coming draft as a result of the trade for Robert Griffin III, so such a return would give them two picks in the second round to use on players to help them do better than 3-13 next season.
Cousins has started four games for the Redskins over the last two seasons and his presence as a capable backup has been useful when Griffin has been out of the lineup. Given Griffin’s injury history, it makes sense that the value of dealing away such a backup would be high for Washington.
The initial asking price is just part of any trade talks, of course, and Maske reports it is unclear what interest in Cousins the Redskins have seen at this point. Equally unclear is whether the Redskins would consider offers that don’t include a second-round pick, but might include multiple picks in the upcoming draft.
Those answers will likely take some time to play out as teams in the market for quarterbacks plan for free agency and the draft.