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Report: Redskins have no plans or interest in trading Cousins

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When former Washington coach Mike Shanahan justified his decision to shut down quarterback Robert Griffin III for the final three games of the 2013 season by suggesting that solid performances by backup Kirk Cousins could yield a first-round pick in trade, the cat was out of the bag.

The Redskins may now be trying to stuff the cat back into the bag.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Redskins “have no plans nor interest in trading” Cousins.  Added Schefter:  “He’s not going anywhere.”

While it makes every bit of sense for the Redskins to keep Cousins around, given the injuries suffered by Griffin and a style of play conducive to more, it’s hard to completely rule out the possibility that the Redskins are simply trying to increase trade value by creating the impression they don’t want to trade him.

Last year, it was the Vikings who publicly declared they have “no intent” to trade receiver Percy Harvin.  And then the Vikings traded Harvin to the Seahawks.

With the NFL’s muckety-mucks already gathered in Indy for the last two days, there’s a chance the Redskins have gotten some initial feelers from interested teams about potential trade value, and that the Redskins didn’t like what they were hearing.  So now they’re putting out the word privately that they have “no plans nor interest” in trading Cousins.

Which may be just different enough from “no intent” to get people to actually believe it.

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59 Responses to “Report: Redskins have no plans or interest in trading Cousins”
  1. jimmyt says: Feb 21, 2014 8:53 AM

    How could they trade him? RGIII may well prove out to be a bust.

  2. ashburninsider says: Feb 21, 2014 8:53 AM

    Great! So they will run two different systems again this year depending on who’s playing QB.

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:54 AM

    Probably got tired of getting laughed at when they asked for a 2nd round pick.

  4. theleaguesbest says: Feb 21, 2014 9:00 AM

    Unless it specifically states in their contract they can’t be traded, every single player in the league is up for a trade for the right price.

  5. jlmd17 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:07 AM

    Ya no crap, after all he is the only QB on the roster that can play from the pocket and actually read defenses.

  6. pj1983a says: Feb 21, 2014 9:12 AM

    And when they say they have “no interest in trading Cousins,” they mean “no one is interested in giving us anything for Cousins.”

  7. britishteeth says: Feb 21, 2014 9:14 AM

    They just realized they have one QB and one decrepit track star on the roster.

  8. floratiotime says: Feb 21, 2014 9:15 AM

    Especially now that RG3 has turned out to be a bust.

  9. antoni27 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:20 AM

    Rg3 is a better qb that cousins I dont understand why ppl keep makin cousins seen better than him in no way or form is cousins better than robert..

  10. ovaw8lova says: Feb 21, 2014 9:24 AM

    Of course they are interested in trading they only want teams to wow them with an offer. My guess is they are not getting 2nd round offers for Cousins, which is expected due to the Kevin Kolb’s of the world.

  11. cfballfan1 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:28 AM

    Let’s see…San Fran gave Tampa Bay a 2nd rd pick and a 4th rd pick in 1987 for a player widely described as a QB “bust” and replaced him with Vinny Testaverde – not exactly a slouch, but educated fans will remember how that story played out for the so- called “bust” Steve Young.

    Not drawing a direct comparison between Cousins & Young, but the scenarios do have many similarities. Those slagging on Cousins now may wind up eating their words one day.

    I wouldn’t bet against him.

    Ii

  12. weepingjebus says: Feb 21, 2014 9:31 AM

    They need Cousins there to keep a fire under RGIII. And possibly to give him gentle foot massages and be a good listener. The NFL seems to be changing pretty fast these days.

  13. jbeagles23 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:33 AM

    Why trade the better qb in your roster? He is most certainly better than rg3 in the pocket

  14. thestatsishere says: Feb 21, 2014 9:34 AM

    Wait what?! They DRAFTED him for picks and now they don’t want picks? What in the world…

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 21, 2014 9:43 AM

    = everyone was laughing in our faces at the combine after saying we wanted a 2nd rounder for Kirk!!

  16. onearmsteven says: Feb 21, 2014 9:45 AM

    the people that are saying cousins is better than rg3 absolutely did not watch the games he started last year. he had a couple good throws but he was below average, at best.

  17. jackburton77 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:45 AM

    I don’t see how they could possibly have enough confidence in Griffin to trade Cousins this year.

    Granted Griffin had the brace and didn’t get a full offseason of work with his receivers but still…he stunk last year.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    The title could have also been:

    “Nobody Willing to Help Out; Everybody Eager to Witness Fire”

  19. ravendub24 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:53 AM

    When you have two quarterbacks it means you have no quarterbacks.

  20. thedubixcube says: Feb 21, 2014 9:53 AM

    Until they know for absolute certain what they’ve got in RGIII, they’d be wise to keep Cousins around. But, if someone’s will to pay a king’s ransom for the guy, you’ve got to make the deal.

    If RGIII struggles again next season, you’ve got a backup plan and your franchise isn’t set back 3-5 years. If RGIII has a good year, you can trade him for the aforementioned king’s ransom or Cousins for a pretty decent deal. It’s a pretty good “problem” to have.

  21. ravendub24 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:00 AM

    If RGIII struggles again next season, you’ve got a backup plan and your franchise isn’t set back 3-5 years. If RGIII has a good year, you can trade him for the aforementioned king’s ransom or Cousins for a pretty decent deal. It’s a pretty good “problem” to have.

    Absolutly a High Class Problem. But can RGIII handle it. His has been upset by the situation since they were both drafted.

  22. isabsir says: Feb 21, 2014 10:05 AM

    When did Cousins become the next coming of Steve Young? Trade Cousins if you can get a 3rd rounder and address the oline. I think this is all a smoke screen.

  23. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    stop throwing pics bob and they might trade kirk until then, kirk stays until bob shows he can be a pocket passer.

  24. bobulated says: Feb 21, 2014 10:26 AM

    Translation; “We’re tired of people laughing at us when we ask for 1st or 2nd day pick for Cousins and then counter offering us the belly button lint from their OL.”

  25. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    Maybe if someone offers the Redskins a first, a third, and a seventh for Cousins, like they did for Harvin, the intention will change.

  26. buddysguys says: Feb 21, 2014 10:31 AM

    and no one has interest in trading for him either.

  27. FlashPatterson says: Feb 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    Wonder who he’s going to

  28. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    was confirmed bob asked shanny can we only show my good plays in the film room and axe the bad film because there is no point dwelling on the bad plays.Well how about we show your 71 yard college run every time you throw a pic lol.Stop babying this guy and we all know that kirk isnt going anywhere until bob can prove he isnt a one year wonder.

  29. iamkillerfin says: Feb 21, 2014 10:36 AM

    Trade RG3 he’ll NEVER be the same!!!

  30. cobibones13 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:37 AM

    Shanahan destroyed the guys stock by playing him the last 3 games, so obviously no one would even give up a 5th rounder for that scrub.

  31. officialgame says: Feb 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    Translation. We floated it out there, discovered we weren’t going to get much, so we decided it makes more sense for us to keep him…for now.

  32. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:43 AM

    Now synder is throwing big jack around over paying for free agents skins are done,Deangalo hall, isnt that guy like 50 years old.Same old story no coach and synder overpaying for watered down talent.wow sad to be a skin fan.

  33. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:50 AM

    They didnt play bob the last three games because bob was having a hard time dealing with the ruff patch of interceptions and bad play.Is boby woby ok now .can he get some milk and cookies.hahahahahaa.WHAT A BUUUUUUUUUUSST

  34. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:53 AM

    THE NEXT THING YOU WILL SEE IS BOB POINTING FINGERS IF THINGS GO BAD ,HE STARTED TO DO THAT AT THE END OF LAST YEAR.AHH ITS ALL ABOUT BOB.

  35. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Feb 21, 2014 10:54 AM

    Cousins or no Cousins, it doesn’t matter. The Vikings are the best, and their dynasty of NFL domination begins next season. SKOL

  36. smarterfootball says: Feb 21, 2014 10:59 AM

    This just an attempt to drum up interest. If he isn’t up for grabs teams will have to offer more.

  37. escapedconvict says: Feb 21, 2014 11:00 AM

    KCIII had his chance last year and he blew it. There was a moderate level of excitement at the thought of him coming in off the bench and now, ehh, not so much.

  38. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 21, 2014 11:01 AM

    RGMe has “viking’d” is career.

    The term viking’d means that he’s terrible and won’t ever win a playoff game.

  39. flexx91 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:01 AM

    That’s because he’s going to be named the starter by week seven.

  40. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 21, 2014 11:21 AM

    They’ll need someone. Bob is kinda frail to be a run around in circles QB. He’ll be broken regularly.

  41. ovaw8lova says: Feb 21, 2014 11:22 AM

    The Skins should hold onto him. They will have a new offensive system and no one knows which QB functions best. If it is Cousins then trade RG3 and get some of those draft picks back.

  42. phinfan says: Feb 21, 2014 11:47 AM

    ‘R’egularly ‘G’impy in all ’3′ phases

  43. onbucky96 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:21 PM

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  44. seabreezes51 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    4th rounder for RGIII?

  45. praetorian12 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:29 PM

    Translation: someone needs to give us a top 45 pick before we trade Cousins.

  46. getyourownname says: Feb 21, 2014 12:32 PM

    It’s comical to watch Danny Snyder engage in what he thinks are highly sophisticated and clever negotiating tactics.

  47. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    If they let him go, they’ll pay more for his replacement, and that guy probably won’t have as much potential. So if I was Gruden, I would’ve sat Kirk down on Day 1 & told him to stop chirping and get comfy because he’s not going anywhere until I’m 100% sure RG3 is going to last.

  48. theuglitruth says: Feb 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    There is no market for Cousins…point blank!

  49. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    Cmon guys Griffin had one bad season and one good season.That doesnt make him a bust!

    So you think he cant play in the pocket huh,go back and watch the thnksgvng day game against Dallas.

    Go back and watch that New Orleans game

    Go back and watch that Eagles game last year,especially the second half

    This kid is primed for a come back,he works hard and has tons of potential,think before you hate!

  50. threedeep1998 says: Feb 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    This guy has won maybe one game? Didn’t win any of the three in 2013 and he beat the Browns in 2012. 6th-7th rd pick at best

  51. jamaltimore says: Feb 21, 2014 1:42 PM

    guess what cousins and rg3 both stink. Skins are a joke of a franchise and will continue to be as long as danny boy is in charge.

  52. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 2:59 PM

    THE NEXT COMMERCIAL BOB MAKES IS GOING TO BE CALLED K F C 3 . Chicken legs anyone comes in Two pieces hahaha

  53. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 21, 2014 3:25 PM

    “Sorry, Kirk’s not going anywhere….. But we’ve got a Tight End who’d really fit what you guys do!”

  54. demolition510 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:37 PM

    Negotiations 101

    Act like you want to keep him to drive your asking price higher than what it should be.

  55. mutohasaposse says: Feb 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    Is there a major leak with the organization or does the media just make up whatever they want about the team.

    There are 32 teams in the NFL but we still have eight articles about us a week and they still contradict each other nonstop.

  56. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:51 PM

    Tom Brady,Russell Wilson or Payton Manning couldnt do diddly sqwat behind this pourous offensive line

    If you know it alls knew anything about football,maybe your hatred would let you see this!

  57. magilagorilla says: Feb 21, 2014 4:57 PM

    The Redskins would trade Cousins for a third round pick in an instant. Nobody will give them a third round pick. With a first second or third round pick you can get a guy that you know will be able to play. With Cousins you’ve got a guy who for sure needs to learn to play, and He has had 2 years and 5 starts, and a QB rating of 53. and 4 TD’s to 9 turnovers. You must be high on Crack to compare him to Steve Young.

  58. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 21, 2014 5:25 PM

    Good idea since Cousins is the best QB on the Redskin roster. Sorry Bob.

  59. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 22, 2014 1:27 PM

    guess what cousins and rg3 both stink. Skins are a joke of a franchise and will continue to be as long as danny boy is in charge. All of the empty stadiums seats during the last game of the season is proof.

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