Redskins to keep QB Kirk Cousins

Updated: February 21, 2014, 6:40 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

The Washington Redskins have no plans -- or any interest -- in trading backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Cousins had told the Redskins after the season that he would welcome a trade and recently reiterated his desire publicly.

"Nothing changes from the day I was drafted," said Cousins, a fourth-round pick in 2012 -- three rounds after Robert Griffin III. "There's no chance to compete, so if I can't get it in D.C., I'd be open to having that chance somewhere else."

But the Redskins like Cousins as insurance for Griffin, coming off a tough 2013 that began with knee surgery and ended with him being benched for the final three games. Cousins said new coach Jay Gruden made it clear to him that Griffin will be the starter. Also, Gruden's agent, Bob LaMonte, said one reason his client was intrigued by this job was Griffin's potential.

Cousins is under contract through the 2015 season so there's no urgency to deal him at this time. It's uncertain if the Redskins' stance would change should another team make a can't-refuse offer.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported the Redskins wanted at least a second-round pick for Cousins, a high price given his relative inexperience. Cousins has started four games for Washington and appeared in four others. He has completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,320 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. As a starter, he's thrown for 1,176 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Last week, Cousins said he could accept whatever happened.

"I won't lose a lot of sleep over the unknowns," Cousins said. "If it doesn't present itself, then I enjoyed being part of the Redskins and look forward to being with them. Until I'm told otherwise, I'm a Redskin and I expect to handle the role as No. 2 as best I can."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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