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NFL Trade Rumors 2014: Buffalo Bills Interested in Trading for Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins

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The Buffalo Bills named E.J. Manuel as their starting quarterback next season, but new reports indicate that the team could add some intrigue at the position before the 2014 NFL season, with a new quarterback possibly coming into the picture.

ESPN reported that the Bills could make a push to acquire Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins this offseason, with sources saying that coach Doug Marrone could backtrack from his earlier decision to start Manuel next season.

According to ESPN, Marrone sounded like he is quite sure Manuel can handle the starting QB role starting next season, but acquiring another quality QB could make him reconsider his earlier decision.

"If there are behind-the-scenes questions about Manuel and the team is able to find capable competition, nothing would stop Marrone from backtracking on his decision. It's not clear how the Bills have evaluated Cousins as a signal-caller, but if they are high on him, then the possibility of a trade can't be dismissed simply because Marrone told Manuel he's their guy," ESPN reported.

In five games last season, the 25-year-old former Michigan State standout had 854 passing yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

While he has been showing improvement since his rookie season, Cousins is still expected to play behind Robert Griffin III in Washington. Cousins recently said that he is open to a trade especially if it would give him the best chance of landing a starting spot.

"There's no chance to compete so if I can't get it in D.C. I'd be open to having that chance somewhere else," Cousins said. "I'd love the opportunity to be a starting quarterback. I'm not entitled to that, but just the chance to compete to know if I can play at a high level."

Cousins recently underwent Lasik surgery on his eyes to avoid playing with contacts starting next season. The Illinois-native is hoping that surgery will lead to significant improvement to his overall vision.

"If it gets to 20-15, then there's an obvious improvement," Cousins said. "In this league the difference between Pro Bowl and getting cut is that small. For me in shotgun, when I go through the cadence my eyes are on the defense but as I'm closer to saying hut my eyes have to stay on the ball."

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