The Redskins have no plans — or any interest — in trading backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. This per league sources according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Cousins had told the Redskins after the season that he would welcome a trade and recently reiterated his desire publicly.
“Nothing changes from the day I was drafted,” said Cousins, a fourth-round pick in 2012 — three rounds after Robert Griffin III. “There’s no chance to compete, so if I can’t get it in D.C., I’d be open to having that chance somewhere else.”
But the Redskins like Cousins as insurance for Griffin, coming off a tough 2013 that began with knee surgery and ended with him being benched for the final three games. Cousins said new coach Jay Gruden made it clear to him that Griffin will be the starter. Also, Gruden’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said one reason his client was intrigued by this job was Griffin’s potential.
Cousins is under contract through the 2015 season so there’s no urgency to deal him at this time. It’s uncertain if the Redskins’ stance would change should another team make a can’t-refuse offer.