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If all goes well, Cousins won't be throwing passes for Washington in 2014.
On a friendly rookie deal and productive—when he plays—Cousins can't be on the Redskins in 2014 because of the position he plays, quarterback.
Despite the injury concern that will always accompany Griffin, Washington can't afford to keep Cousins because of the draft capital it traded to acquire Griffin.
If you trade three first-round picks and a second-round pick for a quarterback—who did lead you to the playoffs, by the way—he has to be the starting quarterback, right?
With Cousins starting the last three games of the 2013 season, Washington has a prime opportunity to showcase Cousins to other teams.
And the timing couldn't be more perfect.
A draft that once was projected to be one of the most quarterback-rich of all-time is beginning to thin at the top.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has already declared that he will return to college next year. Now another top prospect, Teddy Bridgewater, is unsure if he will turn pro, according to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.
As the batch of top quarterbacks available in the draft dwindles, some team is going to be left at the altar without one and, thus, may be compelled to deal for a quarterback like Cousins.
The perfect template for such a deal is the case of Matt Schaub.
A highly-drafted quarterback stuck behind former No. 1 overall pick Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons were able to parlay two starts from Schaub into two second-round picks from the Houston Texans.
For a player the Redskins only spent a fourth-round pick on, such a trade would be adequate compensation for Cousins.
You've seen what the Redskins' free agency spending has gotten them.
So acquiring draft picks stands as the best way to improve the roster for 2014 and beyond.