Cousins was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2012 draft — three rounds after the team selected Griffin, giving them multiple quarterbacking options in the class. He has played a total of eight games in his Washington career, with four starts at the position filling in for Griffin, who has struggled with injuries and consistent play in his two seasons with the team.
In five games and three starts in 2013, Cousins completed 52.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns against seven interceptions. Washington lost all three of his starts, but their 3-10 record with Griffin under center would suggest that there were other factors in play. His 2012 season was better, albeit in more limited playing time, as he completed 68.8 percent of his passes for four touchdowns against three interceptions.
A possible destination for Cousins is Cleveland, who recently hired former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the same position. The Browns have struggled to find consistent play at quarterback, and Cousins could join fellow former Michigan State Spartan Brian Hoyer in the battle for that position.