Rick Snider: Here’s the deal: The way for Redskins to draft a QB is via trade

Winning may not end the Washington Redskins’ offseason quest for a quarterback after all.

The St. Louis Rams are floating that they are willing to trade their No. 2 or 3 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Nothing official, of course. it never is. But backchannels are already buzzing that the Rams plan to stick with 2010 top overall choice Sam Bradford at quarterback, so their pick is for sale.

For the Redskins, the price is never too high to get a franchise passer.

St. Louis is tied with Minnesota at 2-12, the second-worst record behind Indianapolis (1-13). The Vikings likely won’t take a passer either; an offensive tackle seems more likely. That means getting St. Louis’ pick would give Washington a clear path to grab Robert Griffin III if he leaves Baylor early, assuming Indianapolis takes Andrew Luck as expected.

But Washington won’t be the only bidder for RG3. at the moment, Cleveland (4-10) will draft ahead of Washington (5-9) and has an extra 2012 first-rounder to swap. That’s probably much more tempting than Washington’s offer, which could include first-rounders over two years and whatever else is needed to sweeten the deal.

St. Louis is smart to start trade rumors now. A long bidding process will increase the price.

If the season ended today, the Redskins would pick seventh as a result of beating the New York Giants on Sunday. Should Washington beat Minnesota on Saturday, the Redskins probably will fall at least to 10th. Knocking off Philadelphia in the season finale means a pick in the early teens.

The victory over New York meant Washington lost any chance at the fourth overall choice. Maybe the Redskins can find a quarterback midway in the first round. Weird things happen. Passers fall. Maybe Matt Barkley or Landry Jones is still there. But who says coach Mike Shan?ahan wants either?

The NFL Combine on Feb. 22-28 will be the key for the Redskins to identify which quarterbacks best fit them. if it’s Griffin, then a trade with the Rams is vital. Otherwise, they will need to estimate where Barkley will go to gauge what they have to do.

Drafting a quarterback is Nos.?1 through 9 on the top 10 to-do list. while Rex Grossman’s late improvement means re-signing him is probable and starting him early next season is possible, a fresh-faced passer better show up to Redskins training camp or fans won’t.

St. Louis probably will open the bidding at three first-rounders for their pick. two firsts and a second over three years, maybe. Including a player would be difficult for the Redskins, who don’t have much to offer other than linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and they’re not expendable. Maybe Roy Helu, but the Rams have a running back.

Meanwhile, there can’t be any more thoughts of the Redskins losing out to preserve the high draft choice. That’s over. now they either must trade up for Griffin or hope Barkley falls to them.

Examiner columnist Rick Snider has covered local sports since 1978. Read more on Twitter @Snide_Remarks or email rsnider@washingtonexaminer.com.

Rick Snider: Here’s the deal: The way for Redskins to draft a QB is via trade

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