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)