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Redskins Swung For The Fences To Get Franchise Quarterback

by Chuck Carroll
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Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III meet during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III meet during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins knew they would have to make the St. Louis Rams a big offer in order to acquire the second overall pick in this year’s draft.

With at least one other team seriously interested in obtaining the selection, head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen decided to swing for the fences, offering up this year’s first and second-round picks, as well as their top picks in 2013 and 2014.

They hit a home run.

The Rams agreed to the deal and soon Robert Griffin III or even Andrew Luck will be under center in Washington.

“When they say ‘give us your best shot,’ you’ve got to give them your best shot,” Shanahan said at this week’s NFL meetings in Florida, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The coach told reporters that it was a one-shot deal and there wasn’t a lot of back and forth negotiations between the two teams. The Redskins were in the dark regarding what other offers the Rams were receiving for the coveted pick.

“You’ve got a game plan and you get somebody that will be your franchise quarterback for years to come and it doesn’t happen very often,” Shanahan explained. “I was really pleased we got that pick — to take one of these two guys.”

Many believe RGIII, who is appearing at the Collectors Showcase at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend, is destined to don the burgundy and gold this fall.

However, team officials have made it known they have “fallen in love” with two players in this year’s draft class — either one will do.

Follow @FNNChuck, @granthpaulsen and @1067TheFanDC on Twitter for breaking Redskins news.

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