Robert Griffin III: Redskins to trade for No. 2 pick from Rams
(AP, ABC7) - The St. Louis Rams agreed in principle Saturday to trading the No. 2 pick of the draft to the Washington Redskins for three first-round selections.
The Redskins are paying a hefty price to move into position to take Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
They're giving the Rams their first- and second-round selections this year, plus first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff confirmed to The Associated Press details of the trade, which cannot be completed until Tuesday. FOXsports.com and ESPN.com first reported details of the agreement Friday night.
"“In order to execute each of our club’s plans for free agency and the upcoming draft, we have agreed to a trade between our two teams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 draft. We will submit this trade to the NFL for approval," said Redskins EVP/General Manager Bruce Allen and Rams' General Manager Les Snead.
The Redskins are advancing four places from sixth in the April draft, leapfrogging any other team that would have an interest in Griffin, the Baylor quarterback.
The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 choice.
The bold move demonstrates the Redskins' desperation for a franchise quarterback after two decades of struggles.
Coach Mike Shanahan has already whiffed on three in his two seasons in Washington, with Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck combining to produce an 11-21 record.
The Redskins were among the teams hoping to be in the running for Peyton Manning, but the odds are stacked against the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback coming to Washington.
The offense needs upgrades at receiver and along the offensive line, and Manning would have had to face his brother Eli Manning of the New York Giants twice a year in the NFC East.
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