It was announced late Friday, March 9, that the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams had agreed to a trade sending the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Redskins. In return, the Rams will receive the Redskins’ 6th overall selection, 2013’s 1st round pick, and 2014’s 1st round pick as well as a [year unspecified] 2nd round pick.
Wespeculated that Washington and St. Louis already had a handshake deal in place. I told a few fans on Twitter on Thursday that I believed the deal was as good as done and St. Louis would likely just want to call us up first to make sure we still wanted to make the offer. Having been ruled out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, the Redskins pursued harder to get the deal done.
With the 2nd pick, it’s widely accepted the Redskins, in need of a quarterback and a quarterback being the sure 2nd best talent in the draft, will select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Again, I also speculated that the Redskins at the combine crowded RGIII due to the knowledge that a handshake deal was already in place.
The Redskins also have an immense amount of cap-space, a lot of young weapons on offense who will grow into their own, especially if Griffin proves to be a sure talent as many would assume he is. The Redskins’ most glaring need of the last 20+ years has been quarterback. Last season, the Redskins were hanging in games with Rex Grossman and his minimum 2 turnovers a game. Griffin’s talents are about as unique as you’ll ever find, and he may very well be the most dynamic and athletic quarterback the NFL has ever seen.
Griffin also fills many crucial needs. He will be a face of the franchise of whom all fans can be proud. He will draw the casual fans back into FedEx Field. He will be the quarterback of the future who can make the transition from Mike Shanahan to Kyle Shanahan when it happens all the more easy.
Of course, we’re still assuming that Griffin becomes a better-than-good quarterback. But this is the type of move that Redskins fans have been praying to have happen, and the type of move the Redskins have not made in the Snyder era. This move is a move of hope for the fanbase, who have been unified in their hopes of landing RG3. Anything else would have been a disappointment for fans of the Burgundy and Gold.
So on this day, we Hail to the Redskins. Hail victory. We’re all braves on the warpath. And we will fight for ol’ DC!