The real Redskins QB question involves who backs up Kirk Cousins

The Redskins kept three quarterbacks in each of the last two seasons. All of those three won't return, but the question is who gets the No. 2 job.

Lots of noise signifying nothing likely describes the buzz earlier in the week over Kirk Cousins' contract situation. Odds reman super duper high that the Washington Redskins retain their starting quarterback one way or another for next season. 

If Vegas had lines on Washington's backup QB for next season, those odds might be off the board.

Colt McCoy served in that role last season, which means he had a clipboard holding view of Cousins' rise. The question is whether the free agent wants that job again. McCoy, who turns 29 in 2016, wanted a shot at starting. That opportunity never came. Will it elsewhere? Eh, that seems unlikely.

Pro Football Focus ranked the top nine free agent quarterbacks. McCoy didn't make the cut. 82-year-old Mattt Hasselbeck and weak-armed Kellen Moore did.

When McCoy stepped into the lineup during the 2014 season, he had several effective moments. After two years in the system, it's a good bet coach Jay Gruden wants him back for a third. 

McCoy made $1.375 million last season. That amount won't break the bank. But paying Cousins $20 million via the franchise tag could have the Redskins looking for bargains. In the NFL, mid-to-late draft picks count as cheap labor.

I continue believing that general manager Scot McCloughan will select a QB at some point in this (and most) year's draft. Whether that's Stanford's Kevin Hogan (Gonzaga) or Ohio State's Cardale Jones or Alabama's Jake Coker or another passing prospect, perhaps Washington rolls the dice with only a rookie behind Cousins.

One person we know won't be the backup, Robert Griffin III. Those odds are off the board for other reasons. 

Check out the message boards and let us know what you think the Redskins should do with the backup QB role next season.

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