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Cousins trade window may extend past draft

Feb 16, 2014, 10:55 AM EST

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The window for the Redskins to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will open at 4 p.m. on March 11. It may not close for quite some time.

First, let’s give the obligatory update on the Cousins trade situation. He has said that he is “open” to being traded to a team where he can start. That’s all well and good but it’s really meaningless since the Redskins have the right to trade him or keep him as they please. For their part, the team has indicated that it is not planning to trade Cousins. Of course, that is the proper public stance to take to get maximum value in a deal.

Many are thinking that if the Redskins do deal Cousins, it will happen either before the May 8 draft or at some point during the draft. The Redskins lack a first-round pick and a second or third would help replenish their stock of selections.

However, the Redskins may want to wait until after the draft to make a deal. In fact, they might have to. Potential trade partners might want to see how the draft unfolds for them before calling. After the draft, teams that missed out on the QB’s they may have wanted might come calling. Or a team might get into minicamp and, after seeing how its signal callers perform on the field, decide it doesn’t like its situation at quarterback. They could then decide to call the Redskins and try to work out a trade for a 2015 draft pick.

If the Redskins don’t get an offer for Cousins that they believe returns sufficient value they could go to camp with him and wait to see if another team loses its starter to injury during the preseason. At that point they may be able to get maximum value from a team facing going into the season without a starting caliber quarterback.

It could even stretch into the regular season and a team that either suffers and injury to its starter or finds out that its Plan A at quarterback isn’t working could pick up the phone and call Redskins Park.

Of course, Cousins could end up being on the Redskins’ roster all season. If he is still a Redskin after the trade deadline they will have to trade him in 2015 if they want to get anything in return for him. After that season he will be a free agent and will be able to sign wherever he wants to.

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Here we agree 100%, I would even say that it will move to deep in preseason. Any team trading for him would want to move out the draft picks into 2015 so they can play Cousins and use their 2014 draft picks this year. Cousins did not increase his value with his play in 2013 and may have hurt it more than just a bit. You can blame the O-line if you want but any team trading for him will be sure to remind you of his 2013 QB rating of 58.4, his 7 INT’s, and oh yea, NO WINS!, If Coach Shanahan would have started Cousins in game one when things counted maybe his worth today would be clear and much higher! (gee another thing added to the list of Shanahan mistakes, boy that list is growing into something). Cousins is a cheap insurance policy at best right now. Until he can show he can win in the NFL, increase his QB rating and lower his INT vs TD number his value is more policy than trade bait. He can not show that improvement until preseason at the earliest. Also, let’s not forget the year RG3 had in 2013, can anyone say for 100% we will not require Cousins to be are starter. If RG3 doesn’t get his act together maybe the new coach would like to trade RG3 if he repeats his 2013 performance without showing large development moves to the up side. (I know I would).

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      WOW are you kidding me trade RG3????? Why??? Even in a down year coming off of a knee injury behind a O-LINE that couldn’t Pass Block to save their lives he still was a decent QB and Stat wise allot better than Cousins.

  2. aprilwalker2013 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Good info!! Hope they don’t end up getting nothing for him!! Like him and hope he does well..HTTR

  3. skinsdiehard - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    This notion of trading players after they’ve had poor seasons is naive. Cousins play in 2013 hurt his trade value for this year. We’d be lucky to get a 6th rd pick for him this year or next. If RG3 plays poorly in 2014, you wont be able to trade him for anything above a 4th rounder in 2015. Other teams won’t take your trash. Some fans just don’t know anything about managing an NFL roster.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      So he’s supposed to be Peyton Manning in NFL starts No’s 2, 3, and 4? And by the way, I’m heavily discounting that Week 17 abomination where the Shanahans had him throwing 49 times in a driving rain. So will most GMs.

      And I suppose your an NFL roster building expert?

      If Cousins was a four-year veteran and they were trying to trade him based on a season where he started 10 games I could see GM’s putting a great deal of weight on 2013. But anyone trading for him is trading for potential. In fact, they might look at the fact that he got some of the jitters and on-the-job learning out of the way at another team’s expense.

      • alextwrs - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Yea, flat out we need cousins more than people think. His worth is down and no one will give us close to second round. If Bruce does anything with him I would hope for a 3, and a 5. I would even appreciate a QB competition, we as an org should not care what we invested to get rgiii. He clearly needs to be pushed and gruden better dig in his tail like he did with Andy. I heard in hard knocks he would snap on Andy at the drop of a hat. If he babies griff he ain’t doing his job.

        • Roy Clippard - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:29 PM

          It’s easy to see that Griffin has a huge chip on his shoulder after a mediocre 2013! So I don’t think there is any way Griffin would ever want to be babied over working hard! You sound likea fan that hated Griffin and believed all of the BS stories the media were making up every day! Why in the H— would you believe the mediaover Griffin??? Why?????

      • kenlinkins - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        I seem to remember that Philly traded Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins after he had a bad year in 1963. I would take that kind of trash all day long. My point was about the VALUE of both QB’s, Right now we are not 100% sure what we have in either of our QB’s. It could still break either way for both guys. Getting the QB position right is the hardest thing in the NFL to do. That’s why the good ones are so valued. In our case, we are not sure we have it right just yet if we use WIN’s as the measuring stick. As a Redskin fan I hope that RG3 turns in a great 2014 and go’s on to greatness and Cousins value returns high draft picks, but as a Football fan I know we are still far away from either being named a top 3 Redskins QB’s of all time.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I’m just a Fan but even I can See Kirk Cousins averaging 2 turnovers every time he gets on the field and would have more if the opposing Defenses didn’t drop 2 or 3 each game he is in. I also see that Most of the passes he throws are High and Behind the WR or in the dirt in front of the WR. So obviously GMs and Scouts also see this from Him and don’t want him on their team just like I don’t like him being on our team. I don’t see anyone wanting him.

  4. nels13 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    The are not trading him..PERIOD with Capital Letters…..oh wait this is the REDSKINS and they have Sexy Rexy Grossman…goodbye Kirk we hardly knew ye

  5. colmac69 - Feb 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    U nd to remember that skins could and maybe won games vs atlanta and dallas..yeh he threw couple bad ints but games wasnt lost due to cousins…agree with rich bout giants game…conditions were horrible and skins gave up in second half so hard to judge on that…if we trade him would think if we got offered third rd pick we take it…we assume rg comes back in 2012 mode but if not is it not worth having cousins around since we assume offense b improved from this yr…cos of our record we tend to forget offense has done some gd things in 2013

  6. David Kosanke - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Rich, you and Ken have restored my faith in humanity. Kirk needs to develop, but can we really say that any other #1 or #2 QB the league in the same predicament as Kirk would look spectacular? IMHO, theres a reason he’s Michigan State’s all time leader in yards (correct me if I’m wrong) and you’re absolutely right, any GM with a brain will not only have a chance to see the truth behind our nightmare 13′ campaign, but also disect his play and skillset.

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