THURSDAY, 11:21am: According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, teams around the league feel as if an asking price of a second-round pick for Cousins is “very ambitious” and one that’s unlikely to be paid. In Freeman’s view, the Redskins would likely consider moving Cousins for a third-rounder.
WEDNESDAY, 12:04pm: If they decide to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, the Redskins will be seeking at least a second-round pick in return, a person familiar with the team’s planning tells Mark Maske of the Washington Post. However, it’s not clear yet whether the team will seriously consider trade offers for Cousins.
Cousins, 25, has suggested that he’d be open to a trade that sent him to a team where he’d have a chance to start. That chance won’t come in Washington as long as Robert Griffin III is on the roster, though the Redskins may prefer to keep Cousins as an insurance policy in case Griffin has any injury issues in 2014 and beyond.
According to Maske, there are no indications yet which teams may be talking to the Redskins about acquiring Cousins, if Washington is even engaged in discussions at this point. It’s also unclear whether teams would be willing to pay that asking price of a second-round pick, or if the Redskins might ultimately be willing to compromise and accept a lesser package for their second-string quarterback.
Having traded away this year’s first-round pick to the Rams as part of the Griffin deal, the Redskins may be more interested than usual in adding another early-round selection.