Apparently, that is no longer the case.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the team is not interested in dealing Cousins at all, which is easy to say without a strong trade offer.
There are two simple explanations for Washington’s renewed faith in Cousins.
First, it is hard to expect any NFL team to give up a second-round pick for Cousins, who did not light the world on fire during three starts last season. Cousins had 381 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against Atlanta. In his second start, Cousins finished with 197 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss against Dallas. Cousins had 169 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions during a loss against the New York Giants during Washington’s season finale.
In addition, Cousins finished with a 58.4 passer rating last season.
More importantly, Robert Griffin III has struggled to stay healthy over the past two seasons. Cousins is a solid backup Washington needs if - and when - Griffin is unable to start.
Considering Cousins is under contract through the 2015 season, there is no urgency to deal him this offseason.
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