Redskins haven’t received calls on Kirk Cousins


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

ORLANDO — Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team has not received any inquiries regarding the possibility of trading for third-year quarterback Kirk Cousins. The coach also said that the team believes it’s wise to hang onto Cousins as an insurance policy for Robert Griffin III.

Cousins has expressed a desire to have a chance to start in the NFL, but he knows that his chances of doing so – barring injury – don’t exist in Washington. He never demanded a trade, but had told Redskins management that if such an opportunity did arise, he would welcome it.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said at the NFL Combine that the team hadn’t had discussions with any teams regarding Cousins. And a month later, Gruden said nothing has changed.

“No. no. nothing,” he said. “We’re excited to have Kirk. You need two great quarterbacks on your team. you never know. The way Robert plays and the style he plays with you never know what  can happen. Injuries are a part of the game. you need two excellent quarterbacks and we’re fortunate to have two of the better quarterbacks.”

Cousins started the final three games of last season. He has shown flashes of potential, playing at a high level as a rookie against Baltimore and Cleveland and then last season against Atlanta. But he also has struggled with ball security, throwing 10 interceptions to eight touchdowns in eight games.

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Redskins Coach Jay Gruden discusses the coming year at the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL meetings. (Mike Jones/The Washington Post)
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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