Kirk Cousins Denies Making Trade Request

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says that he never asked for a trade, despite rumors claiming he did so last week in a personal appeal to owner Dan Snyder (link via John Keim and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com). Instead, Cousins says he simply reached out to the Redskins to find out if they were planning on trading him. Kirk Cousins (Vertical)

I laughed and thought, ‘I don’t know where that comes from because that wasn’t the case,’” Cousins said of the report. “Somehow it got twisted..that’s not the approach I took.”

This offseason has been a bizarre one for the Redskins, even by Redskins standards. General manager Scot McCloughan was M.I.A. for several weeks without explanation from the team. Finally, last week, the Redskins fired him with anonymous team officials telling reporters that McCloughan was let go due to ongoing issues with alcohol. At the same time, there have been rumblings that top Redskins decision makers dumped McCloughan out of jealousy and a desire to regain power in the front office. With everything going on, few would have blamed Cousins for requesting a trade.

Now that he has signed his one-year tender, Cousins will play out the 2017 season for roughly $24MM, unless the two sides can agree to a long-term deal between now and July. Based on the way contract talks have gone between the two sides, a new deal doesn’t seem likely to fall into place in the next five months.

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11 comments on “Kirk Cousins Denies Making Trade Request

  1. William Jasper

    The Flacco Effect?

    The Redskins are afraid Cousins will turn into a giant turd once he signs a $100 million dollar-plus deal.

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    • justinept

      Flacco wasn’t special when he signed that deal. But they won a SB and they couldn’t even be competitive without Flacco. That’s why they made the deal. The same is true for Cousins. If the Skins don’t want Cousins, they’d be smart to draft a QB high and to develop him ahead of the 2018 season.

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  2. PapNZay

    Probably that little dink snyder

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  3. JJ Wattcha Going to do Brother

    Rumor was started by ESPN. They were reaching for straws once again. Fake news network.

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    • vacommish

      ESPN has been overhyping and misrepresenting stories for sometime. They go unchecked. Some of their commentators are there just to say outrageous things and create controversy. Isn’t life tough enough without having sport coverage turned into nothing more than its own version of the National Enquirer or Weekly World News.

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  4. Jay Durstock

    Kirk will become one of the best QBs the Skins have ever had. He’s a great person and leader. If he is given the right pass protection and receivers with a decent ground game the trophy will be coming home soon to your Nations Capital.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      And I can dunk on Lebron if I buy the best training equipment, work on my vertical leap for 10 years, and develop my game enough to play in the NBA! The trophy will be coming to my home pretty soon…

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      • Jay Durstock

        You can’t. There is real skill involved.

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  5. BILL neftleberg

    Gee Jay, you have a firm grasp of the obvious there don’t you….?

    If you surround ANY half decent quarterback with the right protection, and receivers, and ground game, they can win a championship. DUH did you come up with that yourself or did you have help?

    I guess next when they don’t win you’ll say that they didn’t surround him with the RIGHT players.

    With logic like that Jay it’s a wonder that Dan Snyder hasn’t hired you.

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    • Jay Durstock

      All I wanted to say is Kirk is going to be a top QB when they are so hard to come by. Why all the hate. I’m just a fan.

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  6. Kenny

    I think for once they’ll keep a player they drafted and pay him . It will be a sign to the rest of the players and the league , that they’re changing their ways .

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