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NFL Lines- Going With Griffin

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/11/2012 11:25:11 PM

NFL Lines – Going with Griffin

The Washington Redskins have traded three first round picks (2012, 2013, 2014) and a second round pick in this year’s NFL lines draft for the St. Louis Rams’ second overall pick in the upcoming draft. It is believed the trade was meant in order for Washington to be able to select Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor.

Very Few Options

With Washington desperate for a quarterback and Indianapolis very probable to select Andrew Luck first overall, it seemed like the Redskins would have to either draft a quarterback or sign one - Peyton Manning in particular. But the immense price that Washington paid to attain the second overall pick, it became very clear that Washington is completely sold on Griffin. They believe he’s capable of stepping in next NFL lines year and being an impact player for them. However, what might turn out to help them even more is their $40 million or so in cap room that they’ll have to jump into free agency with.

Free Agency

Considering the amount of money they still have to spend, look for Washington to try and sign some proven wide receivers, like Vincent Jackson. Jackson spent last year with the San Diego Chargers, where he had 60 receptions for 1,106 total yards. That’s an average of 18.4 yards per catch. He would definitely be an interesting target for Griffin to throw to and help lift some of the pressure off of him in the process. They will also be able to re-sign running back Tim Hightower and linebacker London Fletcher with the extra money (money that just wouldn't be there if a contract for Manning was worked out).

Plan C?

However, sources say that Manning flat out rejected the Redskins’ offer and that their ownership had to act swiftly afterwards in order to get a decent quarterback for next season. If they couldn't secure Griffin, they would have had to draft lesser Ryan Tannehill higher than his projected value, putting their fate in the hands of a quarterback that isn't ready to be in the NFL just yet.

Manning Sweepstakes

The deal pretty much crosses Washington out on the list of possible places Manning might end up. Although having Manning start with Griffin behind him would be great for the rookie, it just doesn't seem feasible in the Redskins’ eyes. Besides, it never seemed like Manning had any interest in Washington, seeing how he is yet to visit with their ownership and hasn't expressed any interest in their organization. Manning has decided to visit Denver, Miami and Arizona and, by doing so, has declared them the frontrunners in his contract negotiations.

Elio’s Edge

Washington gave up way too much for Griffin, however they didn't really have much of a choice. When Manning seemed like no longer an option, they needed to act quickly. They could have done one of three things: trade up in the draft, draft Tannehill and forfeit another couple of seasons, or go with a free agent such as Kyle Orton. Out of their three options, the one that leads to the biggest opportunities is the one they went with. In the NFL, a good quarterback goes a long way; a great one wins championships. If they feel like Griffin is great, then trading away anything they had in order to draft him was a wise move. If Griffin proves to be even slightly overrated, they might be kicking themselves for NFL lines years to come.

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