When he spoke to reporters earlier this week, Redskins GM Bruce Allen said he hasn’t had any trade discussions with other teams about backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. However, there are several clubs interested in potentially acquiring Cousins, according to Mark Maske and Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Maske and Jones hear from a source that it’s unclear if any of those possible trade partners will offer the kind of return the Redskins are seeking, which would likely be a second-round pick, as we learned back in February.
“[The Redskins have] received interest of late from a few teams,” the source said. “But [they] won’t move him unless they get a two because he’s a cheap backup quarterback.”
Although Cousins expressed an openness to being traded earlier in the offseason, Washington had no plans to move him at that point, and a second source suggests to Maske and Jones that a deal still appears unlikely. Despite what a third source describes as “modest” interest in Cousins, a second-round pick may be too high a price to pay for most teams, considering there are a handful of solid QBs with second- or third-round grades in this year’s draft. Those players would be less expensive and under team control for longer than the Redskins’ backup.
Still, if Cousins is going to be dealt this offseason, there’s a decent chance it could happen this week, depending on how the draft plays out. Mike Glennon and Ryan Mallett are among the other backup signal-callers who could find themselves on the trade block this week.