There have been a handful of big moves that have started to shape up over the past day or two involving the likes of Dwight Freeney, Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III.
Not all transactions are official, but some are. This article will analyze some of the moves made around the NFL over the past two days and how they will affect both the draft and free agency.
Rams Trade Number 2 Pick
It is official ladies and gentleman – the Washington Redskins have traded up from the sixth pick to the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft in an attempt to draft Robert Griffin III.
In return the Rams will receive first-round picks in each of the next three years (2012, 2013 and 2014) along with a second-round pick this year.
Aside from Peyton Manning and the “bounty-gate” scandal; who would trade up to draft RGIII was the top story going into the draft and free agency. As a Rams fan I would be happy beyond belief as they are still in a position to grab someone like Justin Blackmon or even trade down again to grab more picks.
This all but eliminates the Redskins from the picture in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and they will no longer be after Matt Flynn (if they even were in the first place). This is a make or break move for the Skins’ and they better be able to get some talent to surround the young quarterback to ensure success.
29 Down, Three to Go In Manning Chase
Peyton Manning has narrowed it down to three teams, scheduling visits with Denver, Arizona and Miami. He was in Denver today, will be in Arizona Saturday, finishes off in Miami on Sunday and is expected to make a decision by Tuesday.
It was pretty clear from the beginning (well, at least to me) that the race would end up between Arizona and Miami, and given the situation he would have in Denver, that is probably just a stop to say hi to his buddy, John Elway.
Re-signings, Releases and Trade News
The New York Jets were also rumored to be in on number 18, but after Ladanian Tomlinson said that Mark Sanchez would asked to be released if the Jets got Peyton, they locked up the Sanchise to a three year deal worth $40.5 million with 20.5 of it guaranteed.
After seven years with the team, the defending champion New York Giants have released running back Brandon Jacobs. In those seven years, Jacobs had close to 5,000 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns.
The Indianapolis Colts continued to make moves on Friday, as they released quarterback Curtis Painter, running back Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark, linebacker Gary Brackett and defensive back Melvin Bullitt. They also announced that Dwight Freeney has been placed on the trade block.
If Robert Griffin III does not have a season similar to that of Cam Newton’s than the Redskins will be looked upon as the laughing stock of the league and the trade will be considered by some as a bust.
If the Rams are not able to do anything with the four extra picks received over the next three years, then the NFL should be looking into moving them to Toronto, Canada or London, England (given that the Jags will be in LA in three years time).
The Arizona Cardinals will release Kevin Kolb, Levi Brown, Joey Porter and Stewart Bradley which clears up nearly $30 million in cap space. They will land Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne and be off to the playoffs in 2012.
If you look up re-building in the dictionary, the Colts logo has officially been plastered next to it. They will likely look for a high draft pick or two or a good, young player in exchange for Dwight Freeney and use free agency and the draft to build up a young and talented team.