RG3 to Redskins Rumors: Expect Big Moves in Free Agency After Huge Draft Trade

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 12:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball on a reverse against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After having given so much to the St. Louis Rams for the second pick in the 2012 draft, expect the Washington Redskins to be major players once free agency begins on Tuesday.

Surrendering prime picks this year and in 2013 and 2014, raises questions about Washington's ability to provide probable draft target Robert Griffin III with a strong supporting cast.

However, with a large amount of cap space (estimated at just over $40 million), the Redskins can afford to find Griffin plenty of help via free agency. The truth is, the Redskins now have little choice except to make a big splash in the free-agent market.

Having no first-round selections in the next two drafts, diminishes the Redskins' ability to continue building with the future in mind. It puts more pressure on the team—Griffin in particular—to deliver now.

Marquee signings are the kind of help the Heisman Trophy winner will need to achieve this. Landing a legitimate, big play weapon in the passing game is an obvious priority, along with solidifying a suspect offensive line.

The Redskins won't be able to go with the kind of development, good upside signings which characterized their free agency moves last year. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen need proven commodities now.

Players like New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks and San Diego Chargers wideout Vincent Jackson, who headline their free agent position groups, must go to the top of the Redskins' list of targets.

With quality veterans around him, Griffin can make a fast start and with a solid defense already in place, the Redskins might not miss those picks in 2013 and 2014.

That kind of reward would certainly justify this year's spending spree, something the franchise has often been criticized for in the past.