Rams To Trade #2 Pick To Washington; Redskins To Give Up 2013 & 2014 1st Rounders
UPDATED 3/10/2012 1:07 p.m.
WASHINGTON (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Browns are out of the RG3 sweepstakes.
St. Louis and Washington have agreed to a trade which allows the Redskins to move up to No. 2 and draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports was first to report the deal late Friday night.
In addition to swapping No.’s 2 and 6 this year, Washington will give up their 2013 and 2014 first round picks as well as their 2012 second round selection.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Browns tried to make a late push with the Rams by offering three first rounders but it was too late.
Rams general manager Les Snead and Redskins general manager Bruce Allen issued the following joint statement Saturday afternoon: “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 second pick in the 2012 draft. We’ll submit this trade to the NFL for approval.”
The move means that the Browns will have to look elsewhere if they wish to replace Colt McCoy.
Browns general manager Tom Heckert said this week he liked Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden and Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill as well.
The Browns are expected to show interest in former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn but Heckert remains adamant that the team does not plan to go after big name free agents this offseason.
Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb could also be a possibility.
Kolb is due a $7 million bonus on March 17 and it is expected that the Cardinals will not pay it making him a free agent.
Heckert drafted Kolb in Philadelphia before the Eagles dealt him to Arizona for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round pick.
The trade between the Redskins and Rams can not officially be completed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. when free agency and the new league year officially begins.