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Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins Needs to Accept That He’s Plan B

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Any thought of trading Washington RedskinsKirk Cousins is over.

ESPN reported Friday the Redskins have no interest in trading their backup quarterback. This comes from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. As a result, Cousins will finish out his contract, which is complete next year. It was a good run for Cousins, who worked the media well with a diplomatic approach vying for a possible trade. The problem is Cousins cannot shake the title he was given when he was drafted.

Plain and simple, he’s good full-coverage insurance. Look, I trust in the resurrecting abilities of Robert Griffin III just like the next Redskins fan, but if things are anything like last year, the team needs options. There’s nothing wrong with having a Plan B. However, finding someone to fulfill that role can be difficult.Everyone wants to be a starter sooner or later. Very few quarterbacks deserve their shot. I think Cousins has earned his right at a starting position. But he has to play the waiting game.

This isn’t about fairness, this is business. He gets that, thus being the reason why he hasn’t whined or cried about leaving the team. He knew well in advance he came there to be a backup and understood what that meant. He’s doing his job – the job he’s being paid to do. Cousins needs to maintain his maturity on the subject and wait it out. Football changes at a moment’s notice. One day they’re saying, “No, we won’t trade him,” and the next week they’ll say, “We’re weighing our options.”

This is all about what — better yet — who they will eventually trade him for. That magic name obviously hasn’t come up yet in talks.

Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins writer with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.

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