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"Another Alternative to the QB Question", or "A Shana-plan Without the Tanne-man"


So let's say we can't get RGIII, and Tannehill goes before we can draft him or the law firm of Shanahan, Shanahan, and Allen decide that Ryan Tannehill is too raw and that they do not have the time to wait for him to develop.
What do we do?

Why not look at the guy who stood out the most during the Senior Bowl practice week for Coach Shanahan...Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.

The thing that scares a lot of people about Weeden is his age, as he will turn 29 in the fall. However, in this day and age of free agency, how long can you hold on to a good QB anyway? Sure, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning stayed with their respective teams for a long time, but generally speaking one does not hold on to a starting QB for more than 5 or 6 seasons anymore unless you have THE guy.

Weeden, mainly due to his *ahem*...maturity, has shown leadership both at Ok. State and during the Senior Bowl practices. He's got a solid NFL arm, more mobile than Rex Grossman, and doesn't have the wear and tear that the average 29 year old NFL player has on them. Let's say you get 6 good years out of Weeden, he'll be 35 at the end of that time. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. In the meantime, if you get the opportunity to land a rookie a couple of years into Weeden's time as Redskins QB, you can groom them behind Weeden and not have to rush them into the starting role as you already have what should be a capable starter.

You're looking at a 2nd round pick right now for Weeden, which means that even though you are drafting a QB to start, he shouldn't cost Luck/RGIII money, allowing you room to spend money now and down the road as well.

Thoughts?

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