Washington coach Mike Shanahan thinks his decision to start quarterback Kirk Cousins for the final three games of the regular season may yield dividends for the franchise in the future.

Shanahan said on ESPN 980 that he believes that if Cousins plays well, some other team might offer a first-round draft pick in a trade for Cousins.

“If he lights it up, hey, maybe we can bring a first-round draft choice back to this organization, and say hey, who are we gonna take in the first round,” Shanahan said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “And I think by him playing and Robert not playing, it gives us a chance to have a few options for our organization that we wouldn’t normally have, and the safety of our quarterback going into the offseason is preserved. . . . His value can only go up. It cannot go down. It can only go up.”