Two days after trading for quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins will host quarterback Sam Bradford for a pre-draft visit today.
The visit was arranged before the trade, and the acquisition of McNabb has led some league observers to say that there’s really no point in the Redskins having Bradford for a visit at all. Charles Davis of NFL Network joked that the only reason to go through with the visit is that they had already bought a non-refundable ticket.
However, it’s still not totally out of the question that the Redskins could be genuinely interested in drafting Bradford. Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan reported that the Redskins would consider it a very tough decision if Bradford is still on the board for the fourth overall pick, and if Mike Shanahan is as enamored with Bradford as everyone seems to think, he’d have to be tempted to draft him if he gets the chance.
There’s also the little matter of McNabb’s contract. Although McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, said he’s “optimistic,” he also said he doesn’t know if a long-term deal with the Redskins will get done. So the Redskins don’t know for sure that McNabb will be their quarterback for years to come.
It’s all probably a moot point because the Rams are probably going to take Bradford first overall. But it’s worth noting that on McNabb’s first day working out with the Redskins, Shanahan is still taking the time to visit with Bradford.