The Washington Redskins are handing over everything but the kitchen sink for the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, which everyone expects is to get Robert Griffin III.

Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com broke the inevitable news that Washington would swap the sixth overall selection for the No. 2 overall pick with the St. Louis Rams, but what wasn’t expected was that the two sides would strike a deal before the start of 2012 NFL Free Agency and actually wanted to keep it quietuntil Monday.

We also were uncertain how much Washington would be willing to give up in the move.  While the teams didn’t disclose the details of the deal, it has been widely reported that the Rams will receive the Redskins’ first and second round picks in 2012, along with their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.  The trade can’t be finalized until the new year begins at 4:00pm EST on Tuesday, March 13.

With this in mind, Washington is now of course considered to be out of the running for Matt Flynn and Peyton Manning, who each look to take their talents to one of six potential destinations—Seattle, Arizona, Miami, Cleveland, Denver and Kansas City.

Even as early as late January, the always accurate NFL Insider Jason La Canfora detected the looming smokescreen connecting Manning with Washington and envisioned the Redskins trading up for the second spot in the draft and not picking up Peyton.

“Washington’s offensive line is every bit as bad as Indy’s and the roster is deprived of skill players.  The Redskins also have a history of turmoil and instability.  And don’t forget, in the NFC East, he’d be facing little brother Eli twice a year.  I don’t see it, and [executives] I talk to expect Washington to make a move for St. Louis’ No. 2 overall slot in the draft, and select whichever quarterback doesn’t go first overall (at this point, it looks like Griffin).”

The Shanahanigans are audacious, irrational and facing a postseason-or-bust season.  CBSSports.com NFL Senior Analyst Pete Prisco and I both felt after the season Washington was a good QB away from playoff contention.

Was the price to move up to take RG3 too steep?  Only time will tell.

Given their current circumstances, it was clearly an understandable decision though to jump the gun from the perspective of the people calling the shots.

The landscape for quality signal-callers is barren in the NFL and another year with someone like Rex Grossman starting under center would have assuredly led the ‘Skins to finish fourth in the division for the fifth consecutive season and likely prompted Daniel Synder to clean house again.

Contrary to last year’s Heisman winner Cam Newton—who of course excelled in his rookie season—RGIII has virtually no negatives or question marks.

The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Baylor is often compared to the likes of Newton, Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers—among others—and has no signs of any character concerns.  He’s also a perfect ideological fit for Washington’s offense.

Equipped with intuitive intelligence, tremendous athletic ability and vertical passing accuracy, as well as outstanding leadership and an imposing presence, Griffin’s skill sets and exponential potential bode well for him at the next level.

As NFL.com’s Marc Sessler cleverly writes, “If we see bronzed statues of RG3 going up in the public squares of D.C. a decade from now, the draft picks are an afterthought. If the narrative is less enticing, many men in Redskins Park will be job-hunting, and this trade will live as a cautionary tale for years to come.”

This trade is the richest of its kind since Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson shipped star running back Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings in the middle of the 1989 season.  The Vikings parted ways with three first-round picks (1990, 1991, 1993), two second-round picks (1990, 1991), a third-round pick (1992) and a sixth-round selection (1990).

Potent pressure either provokes you to succeed or suppresses you to subside.  All we can do now is wait and speculate.  What do YOU think?  Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

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