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Jay Gruden wants Kirk Cousins back as his QB in Washington

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Credit: AP / Michael Conroy

INDIANAPOLIS – One way or another, Washington coach Jay Gruden is confident that Kirk Cousins will be his quarterback in 2016.

“We’re trying to get something done, obviously, and we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” Gruden said on Wednesday at the NFL Combine. “We would like to have Kirk back on our football team, no doubt.”

Cousins is a free agent, and Gruden said the team has been talking about a long-term contract with the quarterback who helped them win the NFC East last season. If no agreement can be reached, Washington likely will use the franchise tag on Cousins.

Of course, Cousins is only one quarterback the Redskins need to make a decision on. The other is Robert Griffin III. In an interview with the “Dan Sileo Show” in San Diego, Washington president Bruce Allen said he does not foresee the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year being on the team’s roster in 2016.

“I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team,” Allen said. “I think we’ve heard from some teams that are interested, and I think he’s going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future.”

Griffin did not appear in any games in 2015 and was active just once. Washington would like to trade him but more likely will have to release him prior to the start of the new league year on March 9, which would make him a free agent.

Gruden said on Wednesday he had not spoken to Griffin recently. He’s more focused on his current quarterback.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Gruden said of going forward with Cousins. “He made serious strides, showed a lot of improvement throughout the season. We feel great about his upside and letting him be the starter from Day One, OTAs, training camp, and then taking the job and running with it and seeing how much he improves.”

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