Kirk Cousins Denies Asking Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder For Trade
Kirk Cousins had reportedly asked for a trade away from the Washington Redskins just under a week ago. Cousins recently denied those claims.
Kirk Cousins has been the subject of an ongoing saga with the Washington Redskins for the better part of two years. In the most recent chapter, Cousins had reportedly demanded a trade and refused to negotiate a long term deal as long as Bruce Allen remains in power. Cousins denied those claims, and said the following on Adam Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast on ESPN:
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"I did inquire if there was any interest in trading me to get an understanding of their perspective. The answer I got back was Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and desire for me to remain a Redskin."
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Attempting to understand the perspective of the Redskins franchise is probably a good move by Cousins. With all of the crazy moves that they have had to make this offseason, including the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan and the departure of their top two receivers, Cousins probably just wanted to check in and make sure that they had some sort of plan to rebuild the team. After all, Cousins is once again going to be in a contract year, so he needs to make sure that he will have a strong enough team around him to try and impress potential suitors again.
This also sounds like a perfect way for Cousins to attempt to deny any trade claims. Granted, he could be telling the truth, but the fact of the matter is he did talk to the team owner about a possible trade. It is a well-known fact that Cousins may want to team up with Kyle Shanahan on the San Francisco 49ers, and that is why a potential trade there has been floated around. I have a real feeling that he did request a trade, but that Snyder rebuffed the claim, as was previously reported. Cousins may just be trying to look like a team player as he gears up for another season with the Redskins.
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If Cousins wants to get out of Washington, the path is going to be a difficult one. Snyder is a pretty stubborn owner, and will not trade Cousins unless he lands a major package. Snyder has no leverage in the situation, but the will not take that into account. The most likely scenario right now is for Cousins to play one more year for the Redskins. This would be a mistake for the franchise, as they will risk the chance of him walking away in free agency in the 2018 offseason. Still, Snyder’s side is not going to budge and that will be bad news for the future of the team.