by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins maintains his goal is to be a starting quarterback somewhere in the NFL, and he is open to being traded by the Redskins, he told Sirius XM’s Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon on Wednesday.

ESPN reported in early February that Cousins, who started three games for the Redskins in 2013, was open to a trade, and now we’ve heard it from Cousins’ mouth directly. Jay Gruden, upon being hired as the team’s new head coach, said definitively RGIII will be his starting quarterback — that there’s no competition in Washington.

“I think whether it’s talking to my agent, whether it’s talking to Bruce Allen, with our team or anybody else for that matter, I think the message that I want to say to people is I’m open to a trade,” Cousins said.

“I love it in Washington,” he added. “I really do love this city, I love this fanbase, the tradition here, my teammates; I’m comfortable here in that sense.”

“What I want and what anybody should want, as a competitor, is a chance to have greater influence,” he said. “As a backup, you only have so much influence. I want to be able to influence and really lead an organization as a starting quarterback. Now, I’m willing to wait. I’m willing to be patient, and hopefully earn that opportunity down the road, but if someone wants to give me that opportunity sooner, I’d be open to that.”

“I’ve communicated that to the people that need to hear it,” he said.

“But at the same time, it’s a win-win for me,” Cousins continued. “Because I’m excited if I have to be back in D.C., and I’d be excited if I get the chance to start somewhere, but either way, I want to make sure I’m proactive and communicate where I’m coming from, and then let the people who have the power to make those decisions, make those decisions, but I do want my thoughts to be heard, and that’s just that I’m open to be traded.”

Last Thursday, upon arrival as Cleveland’s new offensive coordinator, recently fired Redskins o-coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, “I think Kirk’s a hell of a player.”

Asked how he reacts to rumors, and if he generally can trace those rumors rumors back to their origin, Cousins said, “I think you can usually tell, based on the source, based on the knowledge of the situation.”

“You can tell how much of that rumor is truth, and how much of that rumor is gossip, and it varies from time to time,” he said.

Head over to Sirius XM NFL Radio for the full interview.


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