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Report: Redskins want second rounder for Kirk Cousins

The Washington Redskins remain open to parting ways with Kirk Cousins at the right price.

Mark Maske of The Washington Post reported Wednesday the Redskins want a second-round pick in the NFL draft if they were to trade the backup quarterback, according to a person familiar with the team's planning.

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Cousins was Washington's fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He's had moments as Robert Griffin III's backup, though he delivered mixed results in a three-game audition that ended the 2013 season. Earlier this month, it was reported that Cousins was open to a trade to a team that would give him the opportunity to be a starter.

Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan speculated in December that "maybe (Washington) can bring a first-round draft pick" for Cousins. Six general managers told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport at the time that Cousins was more likely to fetch a second-round choice. The latest report seems to set the stage for a possible deal.

Cousins is under contract for the next two seasons with a salary-cap hit under $800,000 each year. He certainly counts as a capable and cost-effective backup to Griffin. Still, a second-round pick is hard to pass up for a nonstarter. Trades cannot be consummated until March 11, when the 2014 league year begins.

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