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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: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:32 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

That's the great thing about trading up and drafting a QB.  They are slotted so they do not cost as much as Matt Flynn/Peyton would.  Also to trade with St. Louis would cost 2 #1, and a 2nd rounder just to move from 7th to 2nd.  Same to go to 3rd overall pick.  To trade with Cleveland at 4, it would cost one #1 and 2 second rounders.  Also, I don't think Cleveland should be drafting a Wr at #4 (blackmon), WR can be had later and are a crap shoot.  They should take yet another OL man, then get the WR in the second round.  Go CB with their second first rounder.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:42 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I see Matt Flynn getting sick money from the Jets as they show dirty-Sanchez the door in NY. I'm not at all sold on Flynn; the jeckyl and hyde Lions defense could make Ryan Leaf or Tim Couch look like an All-pro. Matt Casel alteast had a few good games in a good QB system before getting ridiculously overpaid by Kc.

The Dirty Anus
Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:57 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:14 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Who is Matt Flynn? Even JaMarcus Russell had one great game before flaming out in the NFL.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:40 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

If Rams take Kali then i see the vikings trading the pick to the highest bidder for RG3. This could be the browns, skins or dolphs. If the rams trade the 2 pick to those interested in RG3 then the vikes will select Kali. Either way i like the vikings position in this draft and one of the most important drafts in vikings history............SKOL Vikings............

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:38 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Its easy to win with John Elway! Shanahan hasnt won anything without him. Im a Cleveland Browns fan. I know all about John Flippin Elway.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:36 am

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I expect Washington to sign Flynn and at 6 or trade down. I just wish we could suck bad enough one year to get the best QB for once. We are always stuck at 6 to 10 and the best QBs are gone by then.

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:20 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

The word here in Cleveland is if Luck,Kalil and Blackmon are gone we could make a deal with the Skins for our pick at #4. I believe you guys pick 6 or 7. But we would take your 1st and 2nd rd. picks. We are like 40 mill. under the cap and already have 3 picks in the top 38. That would give us 4 picks in the top 40. We need talent and you need a QB. That way you get RG3 and we get 4 picks in the top 40 to rebuild. Heckert and Holmgren love those draft picks. They dont take QB's early. Flynn if he leaves GB will be a Brown. We can pay him, WCO and he would start. Plus we wont use no draft picks to get him. We could still get Richardson,Claborne(cb LSU) or Coples. We need all those positions. But knowing how we ripped off Atlanta last year it might take the Skins another pick to get RG3. Because if Flynn stays in GB and we draft RG3 we could trade him to the highest bidder or keep him. We would still have Atlanta's 1st rd. pick and our early 2nd. rd. pick. ANTE UP WASHINGTON!

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:00 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

"if they are going to make a trade....knowing Danny Synder willing spend and spend the Redskins will make a play for Peyton Manning by trading their whole draft to the Colts or sign him as a FA if he is let go. He is due a 28 milllion dollar roster bonus in March"
Trading for Manning would be Favre, take II. He`s probably only got a couple of years left. Then just as in Minnesota, it`s right back to square one.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:46 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Lets let the paint dry on the end of the season...the Skins will have plenty of time to make a decision we will scratch our collective heads about.

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