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Washington Redskins Rumors: Kirk Cousins to Be Traded in Offseason?

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The St. Louis Rams are the only ones enjoying the terrible season that the Washington Redskins are having. Due to the compensation the Rams are still going to get from the Redskins from the trade that moved Washington up in the 2012 NFL Draft to grab Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ current struggles aren’t going to help anyone but the Rams.

However, Kirk Cousins could change some of Washington’s luck with a decent show of talent in the final three regular season games.

In 2012, Kirk performed rather well in his short stints on the field. This season, Cousins hasn’t performed very well to this point, but that may all change following the benching of RGIII. There are a handful of NFL teams that are still in need of a starting quarterback who can perform at a high level. Can that quarterback be Kirk? If I were Washington, I sure would hope so.

Washington’s future NFL Draft picks aren’t much to brag about, but if Kirk is able to be traded then, it will likely be for two or three draft picks. Regardless of where those picks end up being in the draft, the Redskins aren’t exactly in a position to be picky.

Cousins isn’t the future in Washington. That position belongs to RGIII. So, not only would a trade of Cousins benefit the Redskins, it would benefit him as well. If the Redskins were able to get something in return for Cousins rather than letting him walk at the end of his contract, that would work out a whole lot better for Washington. In his case, if the team he is traded to likes him enough, he may become a wealthier man with a contract extension.

As of right now, the only certainty for Washington is that Cousins is their starting quarterback. If he plays well in these next three weeks, it could open quite a few doors for the team and himself. Come Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season, RGIII will be under center. The question is, where will Cousins be?

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at

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