Update [2007-3-15 13:3:50 by Skin Patrol]: If you won't take my word for it that this rumor is ludicrous, Redskins Insider weighs in and he's an actual journalist. Deep breaths. I'm speed-walking away from this thing.
Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports! (the relevant portions are actually on the right hand side of the column):
If Washington were to be involved in a trade with the Raiders, a move to the top choice would likely cost the Redskins a healthy package of picks and possibly players. And it's worth noting Washington doesn't have a second-round pick this year to use for ammunition...
Furthermore, Snyder has to go through Joe Gibbs and (if this team is run in a functional manner -- I might not grant that just yet) Al Saunders and I don't think either of them relish the opportunity to teach an entirely new QB their offense in '07.
I've said my piece regarding what I think won't happen. Here's what I think should happen: Jason Campbell is the Quarterback of Your Washington Redskins, damnit, and if we screw this up by trading away a semi-proven quarterback for merely a potentially good one (who may or may not be the best QB in this draft) than I'll rip my hair out. I want to give rumors and unsourced stories some attention but will refrain from commenting additionally as I really think this is about as non-starter as non-starters go. And if this team is seriously considering such an out-of-left-field maneuver than there really isn't any point in ever trying to predict how they'll move in the future, as they will have long since surpassed any and all expectations I may have had for them to act semi-reasonably.
Doesn't this smell just a wee bit like the Redskins are playing to expectations? What if Russell fell to #6 (which he won't, but better to have those bases covered)? Should the Redskins want to trade down, they'd be in a much better position if Minnesota at #7 -- or anyone else for that matter -- thought the only chance to get Russell was to trade up to our pick. In other words, I think this rumor is all about creating expectations so we can move with our #6.