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Evaluating the players St. Louis got as a result of the RG3 trade


Evaluating the players St. Louis got as a result of the RG3 trade

Much like Kanye West and Taylor Swift or Drew Storen and the Cardinals, the Redskins and the Rams will always be tied together because of something that happened between them in the past. That something, of course, is a very big something: The RG3 trade. And since the two sides square off again this Sunday, now is as good a time as ever to go back over their messy relationship.

You know the story by now, but let's outline it again for old times sake. In March of 2012, Washington sent St. Louis a bevy of draft picks to move up to the second slot in the draft, where they went on to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Rams, meanwhile, kept some of the picks they got from the Redskins and traded others, but when all the phone calls and spot swaps were finished, they actually ended up drafting eight players from 2012-2014 as a result of their original trade with the 'Skins. That's a lot of players. 


You also know by now that the trade hasn't fully panned out for the Burgundy and Gold. Sure, it looked like it would after Griffin turned in a rookie season that had people in D.C. worshipping him as if he said he would add a few extra lanes to the Beltway. But injuries and a lack of development in the years since have made it clear that the team didn't get the face of the franchise they were hoping to get when they decided to move up — and pay dearly for the right to move up — back in 2012.

What about the Rams, though? What have they done with the players they added with all of those picks that they got in the RG3 deal? Was it worth it for them?

Well, it's safe to say that St. Louis won the trade; even if Griffin became a superstar, it'd be hard for him to match the production of the eight Rams' selections. However, it's not like the Rams exactly hit a home run on their side of things: They've already gotten rid of two players, and not one pick from the aftermath of the Griffin trade has made a single Pro Bowl yet. In addition, the team's record hasn't improved much since 2012 — they've won seven, seven, and six games since the swap happened.


It's important to point out that Griffin and the guys who the Rams got because of the 2012 blockbuster all still have a lot of time left in their NFL careers — the oldest ones have only been in the league for three years. Nevertheless, evaluating how each franchise was affected by the trade is something that'll happen until the last player with ties to the move calls it quits. And that's what our gallery is for.

We know what has happened with Griffin, but read our gallery to see what has happened with everyone else. Some have been solid thus far, some have been unproductive, and most still have a long future ahead of them. As of now, though, it looks like the Rams didn't really take full advantage of the swap, either.

But don't take our word for it. See for yourself. Click the link below for the full evaluation on every pick the Rams made in the aftermath of the Griffin trade.


(This article has been updated to include the amount of wins St. Louis has in each season since the RG3 trade)

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.