Gruden has publicly stated that Griffin is the starter. Kirk Cousins has publicly stated that he would be open to a trade. Rex Grossman is a free agent this year.
All these things mean that Washington will be looking at the quarterback class as much as any other team—maybe not the same end of the class as the other teams but interest all the same.
While Cousins played well in 2012, he showed last year he still has a lot of learning to do to be a consistent NFL quarterback. He has a propensity for forcing the ball on occasion, for trying to do too much—traits that have been there since his days at Michigan State.
Nevertheless, he could easily have been 2-1 in his three starts in 2013 were it not for a botched two-point-conversion attempt against the Atlanta Falcons and a poor performance in the final minutes on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. In those first two games, he passed for 578 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Somewhat encouraging stats.
Unfortunately, he had an appalling game against the New York Giants in Week 17—although no one else showed up, either—and that's how his season is remembered: an 0-3 record and a dismal final game. It shouldn't be, though, as Cousins has shown he has what it takes to be a starter in this league.
Washington may not get more than a third-round pick for him, but that would still be more than he cost. Gruden should look to bring in a player whose skill set matches that of his starter.
Remember the clamor for Cousins to be traded and Pat White retained after a couple of solid preseason efforts? That may have been ridiculous, but it is rooted in common sense. Cousins and Griffin aren't similar enough to run the same offense, which is a problem if one is supposed to come in as backup for the other.
Someone like Tajh Boyd or Logan Thomas could come to the team with a ton of potential and find a system that is suited to the way they play. They're unlikely to grade out as starters in their rookie year, but have a lot of upside.
They have a lot of flaws, too. Thomas in particular has experienced a huge slide since his first year as a starter, when he was expected to be a first-round pick and the next Cam Newton. Nevertheless, don't be surprised to see Gruden pick up a Griffin/Newton-type QB in this year's draft.