Posts Tagged ‘trade’

Redskins acquire draft rights to Robert Griffin III from St. Louis

March 18, 2012

The Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams have agreed on a trade that will enable the Redskins to move up to use the Rams’ second pick in the NFL Draft to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to FOXSports.com.

The Redskins’ bold move signals the start of a new era for Washington. The Redskins may just be back to their winning ways after a drought of nearly two decades.

Giving up first round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and a second round pick this year to get the St. Louis Rams’ second pick in this spring’s draft is a steep price. But it appears Cleveland was ready to pull the trigger on a deal for RG3.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

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Redskins should not trade Haynesworth because they need better pass rush

September 20, 2010

Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins should compromise so that Albert can put on his helmet and play. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Although it’s tempting, the Redskins shouldn’t trade Albert Haynesworth.  I make the case in an article on Examiner.com.  If Sunday’s 30-27 overtime loss to the Houston Texans showed anything, it’s that the Redskins could use another pass rusher besides Brian Orakpo.  True the Skins got 5 sacks, but the Texans threw the ball 52 times, and Matt Schaub had time to throw.

And although Haynesworth is not a pure pass rusher, he can line up at defensive end sometimes and also create space for the other players like Andre Carter and Adam Carriker.

Haynesworth didn’t play against the Texans because of a sprained ankle.  It’s possible that the Redskins didn’t want him to reinjure the ankle since they’re trying to trade him.  Or maybe Shanahan was showing Albert who is the boss and punished him by not only not starting him, but not playing him.  Or maybe Albert refused to play.  Of course, this is speculation, but something about the situation doesn’t seem right.

Both sides probably want a trade, but there’s a very real chance it won’t happen if the Skins can’t get enough.  So my point is that everyone should make the best of the situation and Haynesworth should try to have the best year possible.  Line him up at nose tackle, defensive end, and alternate between the two.  Shanahan is trying to change the culture at Redskins Park, but talent is talent, and a motivated Haynesworth can make a huge difference.

To read the article on Examiner.com, click here.

Hey, Hey Hey…trade Faaaaaat Albert (Haynesworth)

June 17, 2010

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wants to be traded because he doesn’t want to play nose tackle in Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s 3-4 scheme.

See the article I wrote a while back saying the Redskins should trade Haynesworth for kick returner Joshua Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns in examiner.com here.

The problem is now that the Skins probably can’t get equal value for Haynesworth because teams know the Skins want to trade him and he wants to go.

Trade for Joshua Cribbs

October 11, 2009

Ok, today’s loss to a winless team wasn’t good, but it wasn’t as bad as it seems.  It was on the road and last year the Panthers were 12-4 and 8-0 at home.  The Skins are what we thought they were, a mediocre team.  The defense was pretty good today, but Clinton Portis is getting up there in age, the offensive line was average to begin with without much depth, and we need another good receiver. Santana Moss is a good number one, Antwaan Randle El is a good third receiver, but Malcolm Kelly hasn’t done much and neither has Devin Thomas, and the Skins need a tall target.

In fact, Kelly and Thomas are typical Skins — underachievers. So I think the Skins should trade a draft pick for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs.  Cribbs is an amazing kick returner, and with his size and speed he should be a good receiver. He asked to be traded a while ago.  Our return game has been below average ever since Gibbs left the first time.  One of the things the old Redskins were great at was special teams.  Mark Moseley, Mike Nelms, Pete Cronan, Greg Williams, Greg Manusky…

Cribbs is only in his fifth year and he already has 7 returns for TDs, tying Eric Metcalf’s Browns record.  Cribbs, a former college quarterback, is the only player in NCAA history to lead his team in both rushing and passing in four different seasons.  I saw him play a game in college for Kent State against Ohio State, and he kept Kent State close for a half.  I thought he’d be a good pro QB then and might have been had he been given a chance.  He’s not getting a lot of playing time at WR for the Browns, plus they are awful — starting QB Derek Anderson completed two passes today.

Anyway, I think the Skins should trade for Cribbs.  Maybe give up Kelly or Thomas plus tight end Fred Davis and a draft pick. Cribbs could also be the emergency QB.  Cribbs is also local — he played high school football for Dunbar in DC.  I also didn’t know he was the nephew of former Bills 1,000-yard rusher Joe Cribbs.  Pretty cool.

As for the Skins, at this point, they can probably just hope to finish .500.  I don’t think much will save Jim Zorn’s job.  I hope the Skins get Mike Shanahan, or if not, maybe Bill Cowher or Mike Holmgren.  I think Jon Gruden is too arrogant.  I think Russ Grimm would make a great head coach and bring back some of the old Skins pride, but that would make too much sense.  Snyder will want a big name.  Tony Dungy would be great but I couldn’t see him coaching here because I don’t think he’d put up with Snyder.

By the way, in my last post, I defended Snyder somewhat by saying the Skins have been better under him than they were from 1993 to 1998, which is true.  But overall, there hasn’t been enough of a cogent plan.  The Skins draft picks underperform, and they tend to get big name free agents instead of unsung heroes like they used to have.

Make no mistake, the old Skins had tons of talent — Hall of Famers Art Monk, Darrell Green, and John Riggins, plus others who should be in like Gary Clark, Russ Grimm, and Joe Jacoby, not to mention great players like Charles Mann, Dave Butz, Dexter Manley, Joe Theismann, Wilber Marshall, and we could go on.  There were a lot of skill position guys who were there for a few years like Joe Washington, Charlie Brown, Kelvin Bryant, George Rogers, Gerald Riggs, and Earnest Byner.  But there were a lot of players who were free agents or late round picks who went on to be great, whereas now we have name players like Portis and DeAngelo Hall who are just average, and our high draft picks (Kelly, Thomas, and Davis) underperform.