The Washington Redskins are not aggressively pursuing a trade of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins but remain receptive to the possibility of such a deal if they receive what they regard as a suitable offer by another team, according to multiple people familiar with the team’s planning.
“It’s not a case of looking to trade him,” one of those people said. “That’s not the situation. But it’s not a case of there being absolutely no interest in a trade under any circumstances, either. It would all depend on what someone might offer.”
Another person said Cousins is “not being shopped” but added that “it would be incorrect to think the right offer couldn’t possibly get it done despite [the] public posturing.”
A person with knowledge of the situation said last week the Redskins would want a second-round draft pick if they’re going to trade Cousins, who was a fourth-round selection in 2012 and has been the backup to Robert Griffin III for two seasons. Cousins is to continue to back up Griffin under the Redskins’ new coach, Jay Gruden.
Several people within the league said they believe it’s a long shot that another team would offer a second-round choice this offseason for Cousins. So a trade perhaps is unlikely. If the Redskins keep Cousins, he would provide an insurance policy in case Griffin gets hurt again.
Speaking to reporters Friday in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen denied that the team had an asking price in mind for Cousins and said: “The plans for Kirk, like everyone, is to get better and use this offseason with our new coaches and get better. … We’ve not talked about trading any of our players and we’ve not heard from any team that wants to trade for our players. We’re getting our guys ready to play.”
Staff writer Mike Jones contributed to this report.
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