Is Washington Redskins Backup QB Kirk Cousins game for a trade if it meant he would be a starting quarterback?
If given the opportunity, he might take it.
In a recent interview with Grant Paulson, Redskins Beat Reporter for 106.7 THE FAN in DC, Cousins said, “I view every opportunity I get as a chance to sell myself to these coaches here in D.C. and to 31 other coaches, 31 other teams.” So, there you go: He’s advertising, and doing it well. In the Redskins’ 38-21 win against the Cleveland Browns, Cousins threw for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had 17 passing first downs.
In their 28-21 win against the Baltimore Ravens, Cousins was an instrumental closer, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Pierre Garcon on a third down play in the Fourth quarter. This was followed by a two-point conversion in which he ran in himself to send the game into overtime, leading to to a 34-yard field goal from Kicker Kai Forbath for the win. There’s no doubt the performance against a top-notch defense like the Ravens in a must-win situation, followed with orchestrating a win in Cleveland has turned some heads his way.
And what does head coach Mike Shanahan think about this? In a recent interview with the Washington Post, he said, “It doesn’t happen very often where you’ve got a chance to have a very special player that you [draft in the fourth round]. When you’re trying to build what we are with your football team, those aren’t the type of guys you trade.”
I think if Cousins is a topic for trade it won’t be easy, because he’s someone you trade for high draft picks. That could have been the plan all along. Don’t forget: To get Robert Griffin III, the Redskins traded the rights to its first-round pick (No. 6 overall), its second-round pick this year, along with first round picks in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams for the rights to the No. 2 overall pick.