8:33am: Speaking to reporters today, including Zac Boyer of the Washington Times (Twitter link), Allen confirmed that he hasn’t had discussions with any teams about trading Cousins.
7:47am: Redskins general manager Bruce Allen publicly suggested earlier this month that the club is comfortable heading into 2014 with Kirk Cousins on the roster and isn’t looking to move its backup quarterback. Those comments didn’t come as a surprise, since team executives will often express one thing publicly and privately send different signals out to possible trade partners, but it appears that’s not the case for the Redskins and Cousins. League sources tells ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link) that the Redskins have no interest in moving the 25-year-old and no plans to do so.
Schefter’s report comes on the heels of a Washington Post story from earlier in the week that indicated the Redskins would be seeking a second-round pick if they were to consider dealing Cousins. While the Post report made it clear that Washington wasn’t openly shopping its No. 2 QB at this point, it’s still fair to wonder if a leaguewide lack of interest in giving up a second-rounder for Cousins is partially responsible for the team’s plan to stand pat. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report said yesterday that clubs around the league were “laughing” at the idea of giving up a second-round pick for Cousins, calling it a “very ambitious” asking price.
I could still see Cousins being dealt at some point this offseason if Washington gets an offer it likes, and we know that the signal-caller himself is open to the idea of being sent to a team where he’d have a chance to start. With plenty of holes to fill on the roster and no first-round pick in this year’s draft, it could be in the Redskins’ best interests to deal from a position of strength. We’ll have to wait and see if they really do stick to their guns and hang on to Cousins through the spring and summer.