Peyton Manning doesn’t appear likely to land in Washington, and so it may be time for the Redskins to turn their attention to Plan B: Robert Griffin III.
The Washington Post reports, citing a source with knowledge of the team’s deliberations, that the Redskins think they have a better chance of trading up with the Rams for the second overall pick in the NFL draft and taking Griffin than they do of signing Manning as a free agent.
That fits with a report we noted over the weekend, that the folks in St. Louis view the Redskins as the favorites to trade up and take the Rams’ No. 2 overall pick.
A Redskins-Rams trade would involve Washington shipping the No. 6 overall pick to St. Louis and probably having to package next year’s first-round pick and a couple more picks in addition to that. If the 2004 Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade is a guide, the Redskins’ two first-round picks would be accompanied by a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick as a nice haul for the Rams.
And, if Griffin becomes a quarterback worthy of comparisons to either Manning brother, a nice haul for the Redskins.