The St. Louis Rams have already made it known that they are going to dangle the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out there for the highest bidder. Now at least one team is reportedly ready to roll up their sleeves and get it done for Robert Griffin III. The Washington Post’s Mike Jones is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to pay the high price to grab the draft’s most dynamic athlete.
Jones is reporting that the Skins are prepping to deal several draft picks to the Rams in the hopes of landing Griffin. It’s unknown at this time how other teams rumored to be interested in Griffin — like the Browns, Seahawks and Chiefs — will respond. Jones writes:
The Washington Redskins are prepared to part with two first-round draft picks, plus other selections in the early and middle rounds, to secure the St. Louis Rams’ No. 2 pick in April’s draft and land Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The Rams are said to be seeking compensation similar to what the San Diego Chargers received from the New York Giants in exchange for Eli Manning in 2004. That year, the Chargers drafted Manning first overall. The Giants sent their fourth overall pick, the following year’s first-round pick, and their 2004 third- and fifth-round picks to San Diego for the quarterback who has since led New York to two Super Bowl victories.
If the Rams get that kind of a haul for Griffin, it will be very difficult to turn down. Jeff Fisher has to be salivating over landing several new players for his team, and this is the best way to restock a roster in need. As for the Skins, there’s no price too high for a franchise-changing quarterback, so if they believe enough then they should go for it.