WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Kirk Cousins has been repeatedly vocal this offseason about his openness to being traded by the Washington Redskins, for the opportunity to become a starter elsewhere.
The Redskins recently announced they wouldn’t accept anything less than a second-round draft pick for Cousins, essentially putting it out into the ether that he is in on the open market.
Cousins took to the D.C. airwaves Friday — joining 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier — to clarify his position to the fanbase, while making clear his aspirations to still be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
“If someone were to say, ‘You’re gonna be here for a year or two more years’ or even longer than that, I really don’t have any worries about that,” Cousins said.
“That being said, from the day I was drafted, all I really wanted is the chance to compete to be a starting quarterback. I think that’s what all of us ask for, in whatever profession we have, we want a chance to show what we can do,” he said.
“Because of the situation I was drafted into in D.C., that obviously isn’t in the cards for me, and so my attitude has been all along, if someone wants to give me that opportunity to have that chance to compete, I’d love to go somewhere, but right now in D.C. if I stay, my job is to be a great backup and hopefully one day become a starter.
“If there’s any NFL quarterback who doesn’t want what I just communicated, I would seriously question as a fanbase or as an organization, what good he’s doing for your team. Now that being said, I’m gonna communicate my desire to play in a classy way – I don’t want to do it in a way that’s gonna hurt our organization or reflect poorly on me or the team – but yea, I absolutely want to play, and that’s not a complicated fact, but we’ll see what happens.”
And if I’m not good enough, I’ve got to accept that, but all I’m looking forward to is that chance.”
Cousins has said explicitly he has not demanded a trade from the Redskins, only said he’d be open to the idea. Asked to distinguish the difference between the two, Cousins emphasized his belief in honoring the four-year contract he signed, when the Redskins drafted him in the 4th round out of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Michigan State.
“I really don’t think I’m playing from a position of power in this matter,” Cousins said. “I signed a four-year contract and I want to honor that contract, so I’m not going to demand anything.”
“I did want to be proactive and communicate where I’m coming from, and not just sit back and assume that people knew the way I felt,” he said. “So I wanted to communicate it, go to the right people, tell them how I feel, and then those decision makers can make the decision they want to make.”
Outside of the Redskins, others, like SI’s Peter King, have assessed Cousins’ value as still being equivalent to that of a second-round pick. However, Cousins declined the opportunity to place a value on himself.
“Whatever the value is, I hope that if I get labeled with a draft pick or someday get traded, I’d love to be able to prove people wrong,” he said. “And have people someday look back and say, ‘Boy, he was a lot more valuable than what we labeled him as.’”