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(RNN) – Here's how the first meeting between Robert Griffin III and Washington Redskins management will probably go down.
"Welcome to the NFL RG3! So, we've pretty much traded away the future of this franchise to get you. The team around you is mediocre at best, and your coach will do and say anything - including (figuratively) throw his QB under an armada of double-decker buses - to save his job. Have you seen your locker yet?
"Oh, and there won't be any help coming for a while; the NFL penalized us nearly $40 million in salary cap space. So we can't afford any free agents. And again, we traded away any chance of improvement through the draft so we could pick you …
I bet returning to Baylor for his senior year is looking pretty sweet right now. He may need to borrow the rest of Superman's gear.
NFL draft, round one: 8 p.m. ET Thursday
The Redskins have gone all in (again) for immediate gratification (again) and a big name player (again). They traded their first round pick (No. 6), their second round pick (No. 39), their 2013 first round pick and their 2014 first round pick for the No. 2 pick this year and a chance to get Griffin.
It was a historical amount to give up; Sports Illustrated reported no team has ever traded three first-round picks for a single draft choice. And with a young signal-caller learning the ropes, the Redskins are likely to struggle, meaning they may well have traded away three, Top 10 picks.
Upon receiving the windfall offer, the St. Louis Rams accepted, yelled "triple-stamped it, no erasies!!" and quickly hung up the phone.
The former Baylor QB and Heisman Trophy winner has all the makings of an elite talent, so it's no surprise Washington and other teams wanted to move up in the 2012 draft to get him. His combination of speed, elusiveness, passing strength and accuracy would have made him the consensus No. 1 pick in many other years.
One month into his last college season, he had the insane statistic of more touchdowns passes than incompletions.
All indications are he has the maturity and capability to handle the NFL pressure-cooker he will be dropped into. His addition to the much-maligned organization in D.C. will immediately get fans excited and undoubtedly sell plenty of merchandise as well.
But he will have to be really good to balance out what the team gave up to get him. Like "Ladies and gentlemen, your Super Bowl Champion MVP" good.
The ‘Skins don't have a good track record with, well, anything since Dan Snyder took over as owner in 1999. Since he purchased the team and stadium for $800 million, he has spent about the same on bad deals and only has three winning seasons to show for it.
The franchise's coaching selections have ranged from no NFL experience (Steve Spurrier) to no head coaching experience (Jim Zorn) to the game passed him by a loooooong time ago (Joe Gibbs) to curmudgeon who publicly trashes his own players to the media (current coach Mike Shanahan).
Yet those gaffes pale in comparison to the free agents they have signed to enormous deals. "Big splash" guys have underperformed or, in Albert Haynesworth's case, apparently lost their mind after being paid $100 million.
Snyder also seems obsessed with signing "stars" like Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith and Mark Brunell to long-term contracts, even when those "stars" are way past their prime.
The Redskins have not fared much better in the draft. Two attempts at getting a quality quarterback failed with first rounders Patrick Ramsey and Jason Campbell. Also, there were three years when the Redskins had no first-round pick after trading it away in a previous deal - sound familiar?
Washington gets some credit for better draft picks in recent years, like Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Offensive tackle Trent Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in 2010, will need to stop smoking the funny cigarettes long enough to protect his new teammate, though.
While the expectations are high, Redskins fans and brass should give Griffin plenty of time to improve. And rookie QBs like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton have shown the learning curve from college to the pros is not as steep as it used to be.
The main problems for Griffin will be 1) How will he compare to his fellow 2012 rookie Andrew Luck, and 2) With a coach on the hot seat and an owner and fanbase itching for a winner, how long will the honeymoon last?
It's a lot to ask of even the most mature 22-year-old. Success or failure, it should make for some really good TV.
Unless you're a Redskins fan. But if you are, hey, Baltimore's right up the road, right?
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