Reports have come out over the past few days stating that the Washington Redskins have no plans to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. And when it’s all said and done, the Redskins may indeed end up not trading Cousins. But I don’t think that’s quite as definite as some might believe it is.
True Cousins has proven to be a decent backup to starter Robert Griffin III, but I don’t think his presence is as indispensable as some might have you believe. Some point to the history of injuries that Robert Griffin III has had going back to his day in college at Baylor, and feel this is major reason why the Redskins won’t trade Cousins.
However, the fact is RGIII has only missed one start over the course of two seasons with the Redskins. Yes, it’s true. He only missed one start in 2012, and he missed starts in 2013 not because he couldn’t play due to injury, but because Mike Shanahan shut him down for the season. But Griffin could have played in those games.
So Cousins isn’t really needed as an insurance policy for RGIII, and if you look at his stats, he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in place of Griffin. What’s most likely going on is the Redskins are attempting to boost Cousins trade value by making it seem as though he’s too important to let go.
And even if the Redskins truly don’t have any intentions of trading Cousins, something tells me if a team offered them a high round draft pick they’d quickly change their minds on that thinking. So regardless of what’s being reported right now, don’t be surprised if Kirk Cousins actually does end up getting traded.