Face it, any scenario in which Kirk Cousins is the starting quarterback is not a good one for the Redskins.
As an insurance policy or just competition for Griffin, Washington can't justify keeping Cousins. In a league in which Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel and Geno Smith are viewed as potential starters, there's a team willing to give Cousins a shot at a starting job.
With yet another weak class of rookie quarterbacks set to enter the league, now would seem to be a good time to pull the trigger.
Selected in the fourth round in 2012, Cousins should be a goner if a team offers a third-round pick.
A free agent after the 2015 season, another year buried behind Griffin could make Cousins' trade value look similar to Ryan Mallett's right about now.
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss suggests the trade interest in the former third-rounder is waning because of his lack of playing time and pending free agency. Why trade for a player when you can get him for free in one year, right?
Although Cousins' track record trumps Mallett's, a similar line of thinking from potential trade suitors could make it difficult for Washington to net a quality draft pick if it waits any longer to deal him.