If Robert Griffin III Starts, Kirk Cousins Wants a Trade

By Rachel Wold

Washington Redskins’ backup quarterback Kirk Cousins doesn’t see any point in staying with the team if it plans on having Robert Griffin III start next season.

Cousins, a third-year quarterback from Michigan State, told reporters that he ask for a trade if there isn’t going to be competition for the starting job (via NFL.com).

Isn’t it obvious I couldn’t stay here?

When RGIII suffered an injury earlier this season, Cousins started five games before being replaced by Colt McCoy. Cousins, who had a total of six appearances this season, completed nearly 62 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Cousins also managed four losses on his five starts, which resulted in McCoy coming into action during in Week 7.

The Redskins’ appeal of trading Cousins has diminished over the last two seasons he has played. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted that the Cleveland Browns had some interest in Cousins in the past because of his connection with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Currently, RGIII has the support of the team’s owner and it appears that he will get another chance to make things right with Jay Gruden in 2015. Perhaps the Buffalo Bills might want to take a look at Cousins, especially since Kyle Orton just recently announced his retirement.