According to ESPN, the Washington Redskins have agreed to a trade with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the second-overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft in order to select Robert Griffin III, a move they will ultimately regret.
The deal, which is unofficial until the new league year starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, but it is expected to become official then, according to the source.
Major scoopage: Redskins have agreed to a trade w Rams for No. 2 pick of draft. Rams and Skins swap (cont) tl.gd/gbhvr8— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 10, 2012
The terms of the deal are what's killing me: "The Rams will receive the Redskins' No. 6 overall pick, as well as the Redskins' first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. The Rams will also receive Washington's second-round pick this year."
Are you kidding me?
Three first-round picks for one guy who hasn't done a darn thing yet in the NFL.
It is just another terrible personnel decision from the king of terrible personnel decisions, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
I know that RG3 is the hottest thing going right now, but there is just as much of a chance he's going to end up as a colossal bust than as the savior of the Redskins.
If he does end up failing to live up to expectations or worse, ends up getting critically injured, the Redskins are out two more seasons without a first-round pick.
No first-round rookie is worth three.
This is an unprecedented haul for Jeff Fisher and the Rams. Kudos to them.
They will now be set for a while with the ability to move around in the draft a la the New England Patriots, and the NFC West will start to look more and more like a real division.
Back to the Redskins: There couldn't be more pressure on Griffin III and head coach Mike Shanahan. The expectations are going to be sky-high, but if history tells us anything it is that most rookie quarterbacks don't make a smooth transition into the NFL.
We'll see how well Griffin III handles all the pressure soon enough, and I really do hope he succeeds. In the end, though, this deal isn't going to be good for the long-term health of the franchise.