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Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:02 pm
 
Washington needs a quarterback, obviously. The question is who will it be in 2012? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

For 20 NFL teams, the 2011 season ended last Sunday. For the Redskins under owner Dan Snyder, this time of year has become known as their offseason Super Bowl. It's an unflattering commentary on their free-spending personnel decisions in free agency and the draft that ratchets up fans' hopes before crushing them, usually around Halloween. It's became an annual event, though less so under head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.

But as the saying goes, old habits die hard. With the free agency two months off and the NFL Draft some six weeks after that, the speculation has begun.

2012 NFL Draft
This isn't surprising based on recent team history and the Redskins' dire need for a quarterback. Even Joe Gibbs, the man who traded for Mark Brunell and installed him as the starter in 2004, acknowledges as much.

"Generally for me the number one thing you want to try to do, whatever the cost, is try to solve the quarterback situation, get that thing solidified," he said during an appearance on ESPN 980. "I think the Redskins are going through that process, [to find] a solid starter that’ll been there every game for them, somebody they really can say can take them to the promised land."

In early December, we wondered if Peyton Manning might be in Washington's future before the media rumor mill started throwing around the idea that the 'Skins might be in the "trading up for Andrew Luck" business.

Here's the latest, via ESPN's John Clayton, who appeared on Vinny Cerrato's Baltimore radio show earlier this week (transcription courtesy of the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg): Washington should draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

“You can see how the dynamics go,” Clayton said. “You’re at the mercy of the draft. I would have to think if you’re gonna be Matt Flynn, send a nice thank you to Matt Barkley for making you $12 million, because think about where he would fit in.

“If you’re Cleveland, you do have a chance to trade up to get RGIII, but if you can’t get him, then you might consider Matt Flynn because he’s in that Green Bay West Coast offense system. Seattle, sitting down with the what 11th or 12th pick depending on the coin toss, they’re gonna be out of position to get a quarterback, so I think they’re gonna have to be in the mix. Miami is gonna have to choose between Orton or Matt Flynn.”

When Cerrato asked about the 'Skins, Clayton responded, almost reflexively: “Ah, they’ll trade with St. Louis and get RGIII.”

The Colts have the top pick in April's draft followed by the Rams. Indianapolis has an obvious need at quarterback (even if Manning's healthy, he ain't playing forever) but St. Louis took their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford, with the 2010 first-overall pick. If the demand for Griffin is sufficiently high, the Rams may be willing to trade down.

Helping Griffin's stock? The news Thursday afternoon that Oklahoma's Landry Jones will return to school.

This comes two weeks after USC's Matt Barkley announced he was staying for his senior season, taking two possible first-round talents out of this year's draft pool. The other beneficiary in addition to Griffin? Matt Flynn, of course.

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Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:33 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I would not put it past them to get the Rams pick at this point.  I smell a familiar smell in the air and I think it is desperation from the Skin's once again....it might be 40 years untill they win another Superbowl, they are already half way there.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:04 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Manning is coming down to South Beach, hes getting old and needs a new scene. He needs the hot weather and a real team surrounding him. If Miami landed him they would spank the little patsies every year, no doubt in my mind. SUPER BOWL HERE WE COME!!!!!



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:04 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Manning is coming down to South Beach, hes getting old and needs a new scene. He needs the hot weather and a real team surrounding him. If Miami landed him they would spank the little patsies every year, no doubt in my mind. SUPER BOWL HERE WE COME!!!!!



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:04 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Manning is coming down to South Beach, hes getting old and needs a new scene. He needs the hot weather and a real team surrounding him. If Miami landed him they would spank the little patsies every year, no doubt in my mind. SUPER BOWL HERE WE COME!!!!!



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:03 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Manning is coming down to South Beach, hes getting old and needs a new scene. He needs the hot weather and a real team surrounding him. If Miami landed him they would spank the little patsies every year, no doubt in my mind. SUPER BOWL HERE WE COME!!!!!



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:15 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Shannahan drafted Jay Cutler






Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:47 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Cindygotti I will help educate you on all things sports. First of all the Colts tanked the season to get this pick, and they dont deserve it one bit. Second Manning does not want anything to do with helping his successor. If you think any athlete leaves with grace then you never played sports in your life. Oh and yes even the great Manning would not help his replacement.



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:27 am
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Put down the crack pipe and get your facts straight. The skins did trade down however they took kerrigan in the first round. Oh a btw Shannahan loves mobile QBs look what he did with Jake Plummer. The Redskins will trade up to get RGIII, and manning is to big of a risk to trade for.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:08 pm
 

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I think these Rumors will stay just that.  I can base that off of a few valid reasons from past history with Shannahan.  1) Last Year how often was he trading down not up?  A ton he traded down so much he didn't get a first pick until what the 4th round laster year...odds are he'll trade down not up if he trades the pick.  2)  Based on history when has Shannahan ever had a young, future QB to develop?  Never  He didn't when he was with the Raiders, and John Elway fell into his lap when he was in Denver.  3) Overall Believe and Style!  Shannahan is old school Run the Ball effectively and a crushing defense (also a hall of fame qb left would be preferred) so with the run and the defense emphasized qb isn't under a Shanahan regime.  Though considering he would want a HOF QB I could easily see the Redskins trading for Manning...and honestly if this happens Indy may trade their pick and get a hell of a lot of picks to revamp there team practically overnight with who knowes two maybe three first round picks this year...not to mention how many 2nd and 3rds this year and over the next couple...its easy to think even without a cornerstone QB Indy could rebuild and fill all their holes except for QB and play next year a more team effort and if they struggle draft a type like Barkley, etc from next seasons QB crop with a team already around maybe not a once in a generation QB but a serviceable winning QB that can get you a chance at being a perennial power again. 



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