Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has not formally requested a trade, a source close to Cousins said Sunday afternoon.
The source said Cousins is not “unhappy” in Washington and is “not in a rush” to bolt town, either. But the person added that Cousins is a competitor and wants to play and, to that end, would welcome the opportunity to become a starter somewhere in the NFL.
The Redskins are aware of the quarterback’s stance, the source said.
Earlier Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cousins was “open to being traded" and has engaged in discussions with the Redskins’ hierarchy. Schefter also reported that a possible destination for Cousins is Cleveland, where former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to be hired.
That Cousins would welcome the chance to be a starter does not come as a surprise. Cousins hinted at that following the Redskins’ season-ending loss to the Giants, when he said, “I think I’ve shown a lot of what I can do. …Other teams, they can evaluate the film, do what they want."
With Robert Griffin III benched for the final three games, Cousins was installed as the starter by former head coach Mike Shanahan. Cousins completed 53 percent of his passes for 747 yards in those games, while also throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions for a team in that was in the midst of an eight-game tailspin.
Less than two weeks after the season ended, new coach Jay Gruden said Griffin would be the starter in 2014.