Feb 16, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT
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.
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