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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: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:32 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

yeah the eagles really did screw the cardinals in the kolb deal.  I didnt see what everyone else saw in him he seemed really average to me and average in andy reids offense is easy. Look at mcnabb. But looks like another rebuilding year for the cardinals. 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:10 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

Griffen will be a good qb, if the 'Skins do move up. I hope they don't give up too much during the process, because there are still OL and WR concerns.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:08 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

i didnt realize the redskins would have to trade up to get anybody. ill have to look at their recored. seems to me they lost most of theirgames. im shocked shanahan has done as bad as he has. fantasy fan down the street could have done that good.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:34 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

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:20 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I meant, other best FA QB other than Matt Flynn :p.  So, how 'bout them Tony Romo's?

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:19 pm

Let 'Redskins will trade up for RGIII' rumors fly

I can pretty much say it now...we're screwed.  We either do the smart thing and stay put OR we trade the farm for a QB...the competition for RGIII just went through the roof.  Signing Matt Flynn might be a good idea as was signing Matt Shaub but it also could be a bad idea...Matt Cassell has yet to adjust or stay healthy and he has an all-star receiver in Dwayne Bowe.  Kevin Kolb shows just how bad the Eagles robbed the Cardinal's nest.  Kyle Orton is probably the best FA QB out there which is kinda lame.  SO yeah, I see another over spending, over trading spree in store for the Redskins simply because we are starting Rex Grossman.   Shit.

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