The Ravens are reeling at the wide receiver position, and all of a sudden the Redskins look to possibly have more wideouts than they need. Does a trade make sense? Peter King of MMQB suggested it might:
"Look at Baltimore’s draft depth it can deal from in 2016. The Ravens, if compensatory pick projections are correct, have four fourth-round picks in the 2016 draft. That allows Newsome to be free now to improve his team. They have a projected 12 picks in the seven-round 2016 draft. Four of those should be compensatory picks for lost unrestricted free agents—in the fourth, fourth and fifth rounds, and one other undisclosed round depending on the performance of quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo. (The other fourth-rounder came in a package from Denver in exchange for center Gino Gradkowski in the off-season.)
So what does Baltimore do? Look for a forward-thinking GM with receiver depth, or in selling mode, such as Chicago GM Ryan Pace, with wideout Eddie Royal; Seattle GM John Schneider, with Ricardo Lockette; Washington GM Scot McCloughan, with Andre Roberts (a surprise inactive Sunday because of two recent drops). Draft picks, especially mid-round ones, are gold these days, and the Ravens have seven pieces of gold in the first four rounds next spring to use. Newsome has shown he’s not afraid to do it."
Take a moment to catch your breath when considering the Redskins have a forward thinking GM. It's true, but still takes getting used to for 'Skins fans that have dealt with a host of personnel men that would not get that moniker.
Anyway, a trade could make sense. With the play of Jamison Crowder, it's become obvious that Andre Roberts days in the slot are numbered, if not over. Even with his drops, Roberts still has value for a team like the Ravens, desperate for NFL caliber receiver play after injuries to rookie Breshad Perriman and veteran Steve Smith.
Does that mean a trade will happen? Both teams seem to have the pieces, with the Ravens swimming in compensatory picks and McCloughan's known desire for more draft choices. Roberts might also do well with a change of scenery after falling behind the rookie Crowder.
It's a situation worth watching, and the moving charges would be pretty slim from Washington to Baltimore. Stay tuned.