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.

44 responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins “open” to trade from Washington

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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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