Kirk Cousins says he never demanded a trade: ‘That’s not the approach I took’

Kirk Cousins says he never demanded a trade: ‘That’s not the approach I took’

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is a little peeved at a report that he was so upset at being hit with the franchise tag for a 2nd year in a row that he demanded to be traded.

That was not the case, says Cousins, who had a discussion with owner Dan Snyder merely to get a sense of the direction the team is going in, not make any demands.

“I laughed and thought, ‘I don’t know where that comes from because that wasn’t the case,’” Cousins said, per ESPN’s John Keim. “Somehow it got twisted to where an employee of the store is using the word demanded. That’s not the approach I took. . . .

“In this league, things change so fast and players can get blindsided all the time with decisions. They’ll cut you on your birthday. They’ll cut you on the day your child is born. They’ll cut you on Christmas Eve. You never know what will happen. I’ll always keep an open mind so I won’t get blindsided, but from what I heard in conversations, I felt very much supported and felt the owner and president of the team want me to be the quarterback there and to be the quarterback there for a long time.”