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Report: Kirk Cousins not an option for Raiders

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With the Raiders in need of an upgrade at the quarterback position, a lot of possibilities have been thrown about as to how they would do that. Free agency doesn't present a lot of intriguing options and the draft would likely not offer an instant solution.

One option tossed about was the idea of trading for Redskins backup, Kirk Cousins. Now, according to Adam Schefter, the Redskins are saying they have no intentions of talking trade for Cousins.

Cousins was chosen by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 draft - the same draft they bet the farm to trade up to get Robert Griffin III. Well, RGIII went down with a knee injury in the team's postseason loss to the Seahawks following his rookie season and last season wasn't near as effective.

Initially reports had the Redskins asking for a second round pick to acquire Cousins but now it would seem they are more interested in keeping Cousins as an insurance plan in case RGIII either can't return to form or goes down with another serious injury.

It's hard to say if the Raiders were ever really in the mix to acquire Cousins. They went down the trade-for-talented-backup road before with Matt Flynn and the results were not good. They got one poor start out of him before cutting him and have no round five pick this year as a result.