The partnership between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins has never seemed like true love.
Drafted in the fourth round in 2012, Cousins came to Washington the same year as anointed franchise savior Robert Griffin III. That was awkward.
Eventually, when Cousins got named starter in 2015, he excelled. After that season, however, the quarterback and the organization could not agree to a long-term deal.
The franchise tag was deployed, and Cousins played on a one-year deal in 2016.
He again excelled in 2016, and again, at least so far, the team and player cannot agree on a long-term deal. Cousins has signed another franchise tag for the 2017 season, and contract talks seem to again be stalled.
So when word leaked out that Cousins wanted to be traded by the Redskins, it came as no shock.
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Kirk Cousins appealed personally to owner Dan Snyder for a trade but was basically told not to get his hopes up, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 9, 2017
On Tuesday, Cousins appeared on Adam Schefter's podcast and clarified exactly what happened.
"I did just inquire to Mr. [Dan] Snyder and Mr. [Bruce] Allen if there was any interest in trading me to get an understanding of their perspective,” Cousins told Schefter. "The answer I got back was Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and desire for me to remain a Redskin."
Cousins went on to explain that Snyder wanted to give the QB all the resources needed to be successful. After losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon early in free agency, it seemed the 'Skins were doing the opposite, but the addition of Terrelle Pryor will offset some of the loss to the Washington offense.
Regardless of the language used, demand or inquire, Cousins still went to ownership to see if a trade was possible. That does not reflect well on the relationship.
Nothing if not respectful and polite, Cousins made clear he wasn't demanding a trade, explaining to Schefter that the situation got "twisted."
"That’s not the approach I took."
A trade certainly remains possible between for Cousins, but the most logical suitor in the 49ers appears to have moved on. Do not be surprised, however, if a new team emerges as a possible Cousins landing spot, if they pay the right price in draft picks.
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