Gruden: No trade offers for Cousins

Gruden: No trade offers for Cousins
March 26, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) throws a touchdown pass to tight end Fred Davis (83) (not shown) against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome.

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Kirk Cousins has said he wants to be a starter, whether it’s here or elsewhere. 

Well, it looks as though he'll have to wait for the opportunity.

Jay Gruden said Wednesday that the Redskins have not received any trade offers for Cousins, who is entering his third season as Robert Griffin III’s backup.

“No, nothing,” Gruden told reporters at the NFL’s annual meeting in Orlando, asked if anyone had called about trading for Cousins.

Gruden also said he believes it’s important for the Redskins to have a capable backup, particularly because of Robert Griffin III’s injury history. In 2012, Cousins stepped in for an injured Griffin four times, including one start. Last season, Cousins started the final three games after former head coach Mike Shanahan benched Griffin, though Cousins did little to improve his value.

“We’re excited to have Kirk,” Gruden said. “You need two great quarterbacks on your team. You never know [with] the way Robert plays and the style that he plays with. You never know what can happen. Injuries are a part of the game, so you need two excellent quarterbacks, and we’re fortunate to have two of the better quarterbacks.”

The Washington Post reported in February that the Redskins wanted a second round pick in exchange for Cousins.