The title may seem shocking to some, but could this ever happen? This is the NFL we are talking about, and we all know, anything can happen in the NFL(see Raiders trade for Carson Palmer). The Saint Louis Rams are in a very unique position in the 2012 NFL Draft, and it could just take some creativity from new head coach Jeff Fisher to make the splash this team needs.
A new regime in St. Louis:
Any time a new coach and GM enter, you can expect change. Some is subtle, some is brash. We all know by now that Jeff Fisher was named the new coach of the Rams, replacing the fired Steve Spagnuolo. The Rams have yet to name a new GM, but they are moving towards doing so within the next two weeks, and that new GM will need to get Jeff Fisher's stamp of approval. So, in essence, Jeff Fisher is running the team from a football operations standpoint.
The missing piece in D.C.:
It's pretty obvious that we are lacking on the offensive side of the football. HogsHaven author Matt Ford provided us with a great article yesterday, as to why we need to do anything we can to trade up in the 2012 NFL Draft for RG3. Matt made some great points in his article, and may have swayed some of the fans to his beliefs. Either way, I think we can all agree that a changing of the guard at quarterback is a must need in D.C.
What no one is talking about:
We have heard trade-up talks for RG3. We have heard trade-back talks, similar to last year, for additional picks to fill other areas of need. We have even heard the sit tight, and draft another left tackle prospect at pick number six. All of these arguments have some merit.
Here is a thought that has been mentioned, but not heavily discussed: RG3 goes to the Rams, and Sam Bradford becomes a Redskin.
Why this could happen:
Let's just assume, that in his year away from coaching, Jeff Fisher watched a lot of college football, scouting many of the quarterbacks in this year's draft class. Let's also assume that Jeff Fisher is human, and like most others, may see a new breed of signal caller in RG3. Fisher has no ties to Sam Bradford, as he was not responsible for drafting or developing him. He has however, come out and said that he has great admiration for Bradford, and thinks a change will do him good. Could that change be in the type of system that Fisher runs, or could that be a new start, with a different team?
If Fisher decides he wants RG3, and convinces his new boss, and GM to pull the trigger on drafting him number two overall, they would most certainly look to move Sam Bradford in a trade. Mike Shanahan has not held back in his praise of Sam Bradford. It is rumored that Shanahan made an attempt to trade up to acquire Bradford's talents in the 2010 NFL Draft. Instead, we ended up with left tackle Trent Williams. Bradford went on to a good rookie season, being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
For both teams, this could be a match made in football heaven.
This is the tough part. The Rams can benefit from a new start, championed by two great leaders in Fisher and RG3. Since they spent the number one overall pick on Sam Bradford just two seasons ago, they are going to want something substantial in return. We have to assume that getting out from under the large contract Bradford signed his rookie year, and moving into a more cap friendly deal with RG3 is going to carry some weight in the decision. The Rams could also benefit from some extra draft picks to fill other position of need on their team.
Here are two possible scenarios:
1) The Redskins trade their number one picks in 2012 and 2013, in exchange for Bradford. We get our franchise quarterback, and still have the remainder of our picks this year to get an offensive tackle, wide reciever, offensive guard/center, etc.......We are without our first in 2013, but had Shanny made a trade in 2010 to move up for Bradford, we likely would have been without our 2011 first round pick, so we could kiss Kerrigan goodbye.
2) The Redskins give up their second and one fourth round pick in 2012, and their first in 2013, plus Laron Landry, in exchange for Bradford. We keep our first this year, with which we can now take best available, and still have our second and third in 2013 to add quality depth. Obviously, in this scenario, the Redskins would have to re-sign Landry to a multi-year deal, and he would certainly have to check out medically.
Either way, we get our quarterback of the future!