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Trade will take heat off Shanahans -- for now

The Washington Redskins had to make the move.

Their quarterback situation was a mess. And by agreeing to trade up to the second pick in the first round -- the deal cannot offcially be made until Tuesday but was reported Friday by FOXSports -- the Redskins will now draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

What does that mean? It means they may have a franchise passer for the future, but it also means Mike Shanahan and son, Kyle, will be off the hot seat this season.

How could they be there now with a rookie quarterback? Can they be expected to win now?

Brilliant move, Shanahans -- all the way around.

The Rams will reportedly get the Redskins' first-round pick this year -- sixth overall -- and one next year and another in 2014. They will also get a second-round pick.

That's a big price, but when the Redskins have seemingly been searching for a quarterback since Joe Theismann's left the field, it's a move that had to happen.

They better hope Griffin III is the real deal. He better be the next Mike Vick -- and then some.

I like the kid, but, man, that's a steep price to pay.

The Rams made a good deal. The Redskins? We'll see.

But the big winners for sure were the Shanahan family. The heat is off.

Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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