Monday December 29th, 2014

Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins told NBC Washington that he would request a trade if he isn’t named the starter next season.

Cousins was asked about his desire for a trade if Robert Griffin III is the named as Washington's starting quarterback. The third-year quarterback responded, "Isn't it obvious I couldn't stay here.”

Cousins went 1-4 in his five starts this season, including a four-interception performance in a 45-14 loss at home against the New York Giants in Week 4.

He went 10-for-16 for 139 yards in a 19-17 win against the Tennessee Titans before he was benched at halftime in favor of Colt McCoy. Cousins did not see the field the rest of the season.

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Griffin III started the last three games of the season after McCoy was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.

Cousins, 26, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $660,000 next season before hitting the free agent market in 2016. In three seasons, Cousins has 3,030 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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