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Redskins turned down a draft day trade with the 49ers

Redskins turned down a draft day trade with the 49ers

Before the draft, Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, talked about a desire to trade for additional draft picks even though the team already had 10 selections.

"I hope we can add more [picks]," Campbell told reporters four days before the April 27 draft. "As we talked about earlier, it’s not an exact science. You’re not going to hit on all the guys. You’d like to think you can, but I mean that’s not reality, no one’s ever done that. Just increasing the odds of adding the more players, the more guys that can help us, that’s great."

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During the draft, the Redskins did get an opportunity to add some more picks in a trade with the 49ers. No, the proposed trade did not involve a certain quarterback who has been linked to San Francisco. It was a trade down scenario that 49ers GM John Lynch proposed to Washington while the Redskins were on the clock with their first-round pick.

According to Peter King of the MMQB.com, who was given access to the 49ers draft room during the draft, the 49ers wanted to move up and get the Redskins’ pick, No. 17 overall. In return, the Redskins would have gained the 49ers’ picks in the second, third, and fourth rounds.

The Redskins declined, preferring to take defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, one of the top-rated players on their board who had somehow slid down to their pick.

The deal would have left the Redskins with some interesting choices with the 34th overall pick, the second rounder they would have received from the 49ers. The Jaguars, who ended up with that pick, took offensive tackle Cam Robinson. He would have been of no interest to the Redskins, who are set at tackle. But some of the next players off the board, defensive lineman Malik McDowell, safety Budda Baker, interior offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, and running back Dalvin Cook may have been attractive to Washington.

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They also could have used some of the draft capital they got to jump back into the end of the first round to take an edge rusher, like T. J. Watt or Takkarist McKinley.

Although we don’t know how the players taken in the draft will end up playing, it certainly seems that the Redskins made the right move in staying where they were and taking Allen. It’s the quality-or-quantity question and while Campbell was right about the advantages of having more picks to increase your odds of finding productive players, Allen should have a huge impact on the Redskins’ main area of weakness.  

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Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

One lucky fan is headed to Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Teaming up with USAA and the American Veterans, Rivera is sending military veteran LeCheton “Omar” Settles to Miami. The Redskins head coach tweeted about it on Wednesday.

Settles joined the United States Marines at age 17 and dedicated eight years of his life to service. During his military tenure, Settles spent time as a Field Artillery Cannoneer, Marine Corps Security Force Guard, Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer, and Small Arms Weapons Instructor.

Rivera comes from a military background himself and is using this as a way to reward one military member for his service.

"Inspired by my father’s military service, we always had a strong military appreciation in our team’s culture during my time in Carolina and I plan on continuing that now with the Redskins in Washington, D.C.," Rivera said in the release. "To kick that off, I am privileged to partner with USAA and AMVETS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant Omar Settles in recognition of and for his service to our country."    

 

He will meet with Settles on both Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl week at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge in Miami. 

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL

Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL

After 16 seasons with the New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning has announced he will be retiring from the NFL.

Manning, who was drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 draft and then traded to the Giants on draft day, spent all 16 years of his NFL career with Big Blue. The team will hold a news conference on Friday.

The 39-year-old is one of the most accomplished players in Giants history. He's a two-time Super Bowl champion (and two-time Super Bowl MVP), four-time Pro Bowler, and started a franchise-record 236 games at quarterback for New York. 

"It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli, and to go through the wonderful and magnificent moments that he and his teammates provided for all of us in the world championship '07-'08 and '11-'12 seasons," Tom Coughlin, Manning's longtime head coach, told Giants.com. "I and my coaching staff and our teams from 2004 right through 2015, for me at least, my part, hold Eli in the highest respect and congratulate him and his family, and his mom and dad, for all of the wonderful, wonderful experiences he's had, and the happiness and pride that he has brought to the entire Giants family, the fanfare, the fans, the family and everyone that's taken so much pride from his performances and for what he's meant."

Based on their record against Manning, Redskins fans will be happy to see Manning go. In 27 starts against Washington, Manning was victorious in 18 of them. The longtime signal-caller has more wins against the Redskins than he does any other NFL opponent.

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