Redskins Go “All In” On RG3!!

Posted: March 12, 2012 in NFL
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The Washington Redskins pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent NFL history when they sent three first round and one second round pick to the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick in this year’s draft. With the Indianapolis Colts taking Andrew Luck with the first pick, Washington will certainly take Robert Griffin III.

Skins owner, Dan Snyder has moved all his chips into the middle of the table and bet the future of his team on the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor.

After being eliminated from the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes, the Redskins wasted no time in making this deal. But did they pay too much? The Skins won’t have a first round pick for the next three years, thereby making it nearly impossible to build the team with young talent. They are going to have to do it through free agency and trades. Unfortunately they don’t have a whole lot of talent to trade.

So this means that free agency is their only hope to build a Super Bowl contender. Starting this year. While Robert Griffin III may be a franchise quarterback, he really doesn’t have anyone to throw to. It’s been widely speculated that Washington will go after Vincent Jackson, but so will a number of other teams. That is certainly going to drive the price up.

After they get a wide receiver, Washington then needs to turn its attention to the offensive line and the secondary.

Washington was $40 million under the spending cap until the NFL took away $36 million of that for front loading contracts in the uncapped 2010 season. They can spread that amount over the 2012 and 2013 seasons but that just means there is a lot less money Washington has to spend on free agents. And it also means that they have virtually no margin for error.

Too many things need to fall into place to make the RG3 trade worth it. If one thing goes wrong, the Skins are going to be a bad team for a long time. But that’s what can happen when you take a big gamble.

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