LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A report that Kirk Cousins would be open to a trade to get out from behind Robert Griffin III’s shadow with the Washington Redskins should come as no surprise. But it doesn’t mean he’s in any hurry to pack his bags.
Cousins would prefer to stay with the Redskins for the two seasons remaining on his contract than be traded to a bad situation with another team, according 106.7 The Fan’s Gran Paulsen and reaffirmed by Mike Jones of the Washington Post. During an appearance with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning Jones said Griffin’s current backup just wasn’t desperate enough to become a starter to put himself in that situation.
However, should the right opportunity arise, Cousins would be ready to entertain the idea. And that’s a notion that’s nothing new.
Cousins said much the same thing during a conversation he had with Bruce Allen at the end of the season. At the time, the 25-year-old backup informed the general manager that he was happy in his current situation, but if something were to come up where both he and Washington could benefit, he would be open to the idea.
In one of his first chances to speak with the media after he was drafted in 2012, Cousins said that he would have preferred to be in a different situation where he could have the opportunity to start.
“I am going to keep on working and prepare myself so that way when the day comes where I can be traded or go somewhere as a free agent I’m going to be ready to be able to compete as a starting quarterback,” Jones recalls Cousins saying at the time.
There has been speculation that the Cleveland Browns could be a good fit for Cousins now that former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been hired in the same position on Mike Pettine’s staff. However, it is unclear whether Shanahan would be warm to the idea.
“I don’t know if Kyle, after playing him for a while and seeing his limitations, would still be eager and have the sway and pull in a new place, where his dad’s not running the show, to be able to demand that they bring that guy in,” said Jones.
The reality of the situation for Washington is that Cousins’ performance in the final three games of last season damaged his trade value. He is likely to fetch his original fourth-round value.