Cousins drawing interest but trade remains uncertain

May 8

Kirk Cousins with former coach Mike Shanahan (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Several teams are interested in Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins but it remained unclear in the hours before the NFL draft if any of them is willing to offer enough to convince the Redskins to trade Cousins, according to several people familiar with the situation.

The Redskins remained adamant that they wanted at least a second-round draft choice to consider trading Cousins, one of those people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the team’s behalf on the issue.

The Redskins have “received interest of late from a few teams,” that person said. “But [they] won’t move him unless they get a two because he’s a cheap backup quarterback.”

Another person said his understanding is that there is interest from other teams in Cousins but he remained skeptical that a deal would be completed. However, a third person with ties to the organization characterized the interest in Cousins as modest.

Cousins has served as the backup to Robert Griffin III for two seasons and started the final three games of last season after the team’s former coach, Mike Shanahan, shut down Griffin, saying he wanted to avoid Griffin being injured. Trade speculation has focused on the Cleveland Browns, who possess the fourth and 26th picks of Thursday’s opening round of the draft and have former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator.

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