The Redskins Fire Sale

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IApril 7, 2010

ASHURN, VA - APRIL 6:  Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins presents Donovan McNabb with his new jersey during a press conference on April 6, 2010 at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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With the McNab trade it seems like the Redskins just continued with their old bad habits of trying to build a team through trade and free agency instead of through the draft. The organization doesn't seem to have any kind of patience - and it shows in bad results.

What further puzzels me was that McNab stated on that he didn't even meet Shanahan prior to the trade - I just hope this isn't true. How can you invest the teams future in a guy that you haven't had extensive talks with.

The other point about the trade for McNab and trying to push Haynesworth into it - have just pummeled the trade stock of both Campbell and Haynesworth. Campbell was worth a 2nd rd pick - now he is deemed maybe a 3rd, probably a 4th rd. pick. Haynesworth would have been a low 1st rd pick and now a mediocre 2nd rd.

And I haven't even mentioned the loss of the 37th pick (pratically a 1st) and 2-3rd pick in 2011.

Now Im not saying that Campbell wont be a great QB, but I think that the Redskins are gambling with the future of the franchise - and risk a decade in the dark. Just imagine if McNab gets hurt, which is quite possible because no matter what he will be working behind an O-line in a rebuilding process (to put it mildly) and McNab isn't the man made of steel (to put it mildly - again)

In my mind the Redskins will have to do anything to get more picks in the top 100. That includes:

  1. Trading down from the no 4 pick for a mid 1st round and a high 2nd rd pick.
  2. Starting a fire sale on all expendable players on the rooster
  • Haynesworth for a 2nd round
  • Cooley for a 2nd round
  • Campbell for a low 3rd round
  • Andre Carter for a 4th round
This could amount to:
  • Anthony Davies LT (mid 1st)
  • Demarius Thomas, WR (high 2nd) (maybe a trade for Brandon Marshall)
  • Cam Thomas, NT (2nd)
  • Roger Saffold, RT/RG (2nd)
  • Mitch Petrus, C (low 3rd)
  • Myron Rolle, S (4th rd)
With a little luck the pre-McNab option could have been 4 1st rd picks:
And then the Redskins still could have gone for McNab.
In conclusion I think the Redskins played their cards totally in the wrong order. Shanahan should have talked up Campbell - now he is just left overs.
But hey I'm just a sofa "expert" please Shanahan - prove me wrong !!