Draft-day Kirk Cousins trade viewed as possible but still unlikely

Kirk Cousins (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Kirk Cousins (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

A trade involving Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins during this week’s NFL draft is possible but remains a long shot, according to several people familiar with the situation.

One of those people, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the team’s plans for Cousins publicly, said “there has been contact made from what I understand” but added he’s “doubtful [that] anything happens.”

Redskins officials have said throughout the offseason that they haven’t been engaged in trade discussions regarding Cousins, the team’s backup to Robert Griffin III for the past two seasons, and don’t expect to deal him.

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A person familiar with the team’s planning said earlier in the offseason that the Redskins would want a second-round draft choice to part with Cousins. Team officials denied at the time that they had an asking price in mind for Cousins. It is not clear at this point what the Redskins would want to consider parting with Cousins, who started the final three games of last season after former coach Mike Shanahan shut down Griffin and said he didn’t want to risk an injury for Griffin.

Much of the speculation about a possible Cousins trade has focused on the Cleveland Browns. Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was hired by the Browns as their offensive coordinator. The Browns possess the fourth and 26th picks in Thursday’s opening round of the NFL draft, and it’s unclear if they’ll select a quarterback with either choice. There have been conflicting reports about whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is an option for the Browns with the fourth overall selection.

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