According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is open to being traded to another team and has already spoken to Redskins personnel. This comes after the team had officially named Robert Griffin III the starter going into next season, something that shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone.
Cousins’ request comes at an interesting time, as NFL free agency is set to begin on March 11, which is also the earliest date that the Redskins could deal Cousins.
There are several NFL teams that are in the market for a quarterback, including the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings. All of these teams could possibly select a quarterback in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. Adding a veteran like Cousins, who has shown flashes of brilliance in his few NFL starts, could be a better idea for any of these teams, who could then look to add a different position in the draft rather than build around a rookie quarterback.
Cousins, who was the Redskins’ first pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, believes that he is ready to start for an NFL team. He has started four games and appeared in eight over the course of his two year career. In those eight games, he has completed 114-of-203 passes for 1,320 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
While those stats aren’t amazing, Cousins has shown poise and leadership in his limited time as the Redskins’ quarterback. I believe he will be a solid NFL starter wherever he may land.