WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins chances of acquiring Robert Griffin III in the draft may have just improved dramatically.
The Cleveland Browns, who pick two spots before the Skins, were thought to be the likeliest landing spot for RG3. But rather than draft and develop a young quarterback from scratch, the Browns appear to have their heart set on acquiring free agent Matt Flynn.
Numerous sources told LaVar Arrington that was the direction the Browns were headed this week.
“It seems to be a foregone conclusion that the Cleveland Browns are going to go get Matt Flynn,” he said. “If that’s the case, and it seemed to be kind of confirmed by the people that I discussed it with, which are very, very in my opinion very credible sources. Unless somebody swoops in and steals that free agent away from the Browns, it appears that the Browns are going to make a strong play to go get him.
“They’re going to use their draft pick on [Alabama running back Trent] Richardson.”
The former Redskins linebacker also stated current Browns running back Peyton Hillis did not come up in his conversations with numerous sources, giving the impression the team is ready to move in another direction.
“I heard bringing in Flynn and drafting Richardson,” Arrington reiterated.
Such a move would greatly open the door for the Redskins to make a push to go up the draft board to get RG3.
The news comes on the heels of reports, which Arrington also confirmed, that Peyton Manning was uninterested in joining an NFC team.
As for Manning? Arrington said the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins (in that order) are the likely landing spots for the former Colts quarterback.
UPDATE: The Redskins acquired the second overall pick in the draft from the St. Louis Rams late on Friday.