It’s official, sort of. The Rams have confirmed, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that the second overall pick will be shipped to Washington for the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft, a second-round pick in 2012, a first-round pick in 2013, and a first-round pick in 2014.
The deal can be completed at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when the new league year begins.
Thomas also reports that the deal was struck on Thursday night, but that the parties agreed to keep it quiet until Monday. (Jay Glazer’s source(s) apparently didn’t get the memo.)
Which gives rise to an obvious question. Why would they want to keep it under wraps until Monday?
It makes no sense, unless they simply wanted to make the biggest possible splash on the first day of the business week, instead of having the story land (as it did) late on a Friday night when not nearly as many people are paying attention.
Strategically, the teams should have wanted Griffin off the table as soon as possible in order to ensure that Miami will pursue Peyton Manning even more aggressively, which likewise would keep one of the other NFC West teams from getting him. (It also will make even more unlikely the very unlikely possibility that the Cowboys or the Eagles from the NFC East will decide to swoop in from off the radar screen and snatch him.)
The most likely explanation is the P.R. bump that comes from disclosing it on Monday. But feel free to drop into the comments any ideas that we could then steal.