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Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:16 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 5:35 pm
 
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By Will Brinson

We already know that St. Louis "will" trade out of the No. 2 spot in April's NFL Draft. Even before reports of that, there was little debate about the Rams pulling in a haul for Robert Griffin III. That's because, as Clark Judge wrote recently, the Rams are sitting on a "gold mine."

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But we haven't heard any specific potential trade options for RG3. Until Tuesday, when we heard a report about what the Redskins are willing to offer in exchange for the second-overall pick. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Dan Snyder's team is willing to part with two No. 1 picks "plus other selections in the middle to early rounds" in exchange for the rights to RG3.

Presumably, the Redskins would use their No.1 pick in 2012's draft (sixth overall) and package it with their No. 1 pick in 2012 (currently undetermined) and try to create a package similar to what the Giants used in 2004 when they acquired Eli Manning from the Chargers. At that time, the Giants gave up two No. 1 picks (one of which was Philip Rivers) plus a third- and fourth-round pick in that draft in exchange for Manning.

Two things on this. One (and this is something I never thought I'd say), RG3 would be a perfect fit with Mike Shanahan's offense. According to Pro Football Focus, Rex Grossman threw downfield (20 times or more) the 12th-most number of times of any quarterback in the NFL last year. He did that without starting every single game and he did it without being accurate. Rolling out of the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield before throwing a laser is what RG3 does best. It would be fun to watch and he would be quite successful.

But then there's point No. 2: I'm not sure that two first-round picks is enough to land Griffin. If the Redskins are getting their initial salvo out there publicly this soon, it's entirely possible that someone else is willing to package an additional first-round pick in order to land the coveted Baylor prospect.

However, the timing of this should be clear: the Redskins would like to get something locked down before free agency. Though they wouldn't be technically allowed to make a deal until the draft approached, the Redskins and Rams could have a handshake agreement on a deal prior to that. And Washington and Mike Shanahan can't go into 2012 without a quarterback.

If they get to free agency and don't have a sense that they can get Griffin on draft day, they absolutely need to pursue someone in free agency that can improve their play at quarterback immediately, whether that's someone like Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn or just Kyle Orton.

The question then becomes whether or not Washington's potential offer of four very good picks qualifies as enough for Jeff Fisher and Les Snead to take Griffin off the trading block and come to an agreement on the terms of a draft-day trade prior to the start of free agency. That's risky as the value of the No. 2 pick could continue to skyrocket as the draft approaches.

But if teams fill their quarterback issues via free agency, it's also possible that the value of the pick could drop or remain stagnant. By striking early, it's possible the Rams could get the best-possible deal well in advance of the draft, and really begin planning out how to fill their roster with high-end talent.

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

The greatest need for the 'Skins is offensive linemen. However, if they continue to ignore that aspect of the game, then RG3 my be the next best thing. As a rookie quarterback with no o-line RG3 will be running for his life most of the time anyway. With his speed I'd pay to watch that!



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

The Browns could do that, but it would be the dumbest deal in recent memory. If I understand you correctly you think the Browns would be willing to trade 3 first round picks and a 2nd round pick for a QB that was completely off the radar until the Heisman? The Browns need more than a QB. They are in rebuilding mode and need a chunk of team. Trading their future for 1 virtually unknown rookie would be so stupid that I think only Oakland or Washington would be dumb enough to do it. Oakland doesn't need a QB but their decisions are always bad so nothing is out of the realm of posibility. The ONLY way the Browns pick up RG3 is if he falls to 4 and that is if they don't have the common sense to trade the pick away.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

Another short term fix and probable bust.  The Skins have to do the opposite; just get a decent quarterback and trade down to pick up some good young lineman.  This team has had mediocre lines for a decade.  No quarterback is going to succeed with the line we have.  If we trade the whole thing for this guy we are destined for another 10 years of mediocrity.  We are destined for this anyway with Dan.  Does anyone think the "Son" is capable of leading this offense to a championship.  It's hard to imagine.  Can we trade Dan Snyder?



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

Cleveland will be able to offer a swap of picks plus the pick later in the first and their second round this year and their first next year which should seal the deal. The Rams would get a lot of high picks now which they really need.



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:02 pm
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

if anyone saw Dan Patrick's interview with RGIII on Monday...they saw what he is all about...this guy is awesome



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:15 am
 

Report: Skins willing to deal 1sts, more for RG3

Another Vince Young that is all Griffin is going to become !! And the redskins could have tom brady , peyton manning or drew brees and they would still finish in last place with Sonny Shanny being the offensive cord.


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