A Kirk Cousins trade remains unlikely

March 13

Kirk Cousins has made four starts over two seasons as Redskins backup. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins remain highly unlikely to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The Redskins’ plans for Cousins have been a matter of debate for much of the offseason. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick, who started the final three games of this past season, has maintained that he would like the chance to start for an NFL team, but that he knows his chances of doing so with Washington remain minimal because of the team’s investment in Robert Griffin III.

Cousins has maintained that while he would like to start, he wouldn’t demand a trade, and that he would remain professional as a member of the Redskins organization.

Cousins was linked to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason because former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was hired there. But it’s unclear if the Redskins have received any offers for the quarterback’s services from any teams at this point.

One source had previously said that the Redskins — not actively pursuing a trade for Cousins — were open to fielding inquiries from teams, but didn’t want to part with the quarterback for anything less than a second-round pick. Otherwise, team officials were happy to hang onto Cousins as an insurance policy for Griffin.

A person, speaking on condition for anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak for the Redskins, said that as of now, they don’t envision the Redskins moving Cousins this offseason. That obviously could change based on free agency and the draft, but for now, a trade seems unlikely.

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