Not content with just bringing in head coach Joe Gibbs and trading for Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell, the Redskins are again making headlines for a possible deal of cornerback Champ Bailey, the team's franchise player, and a second round draft pick to Denver for Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis.
And who said player-for-player deals don't happen in the NFL
OK, I have said it many times. But this kind of deal, if it
- and that's a big if - is one that would certainly have an effect on
what several teams do in this offseason, most notably the
First, trading Portis would put the Broncos in the market to
acquire a young running back. Yeah, they still have Mike Anderson, Quentin Griffin and Ahmaad Galloway, but Mike
Shanahan won't entrust his offense with any of those three. In
fact, the 30-year-old Anderson could be released as a salary cap
And since the Redskins weren't thought to want to draft a
running back - they were said to be the destination for
Philadelphia unrestricted free agent Duce Staley - adding the
Broncos to the list of teams who may select a running back in
the first round might force the Steelers to take one with the
11th-overall pick if they want to get one of the top three or four
guys in this year's class.
With the Redskins out of the Staley mix, it may lower his asking
price into the Steelers' range, but that's still doubtful. The
runner will likely be looking for a deal of more than $2 million per
season with a signing bonus of more than $5 million, which is
more than the Steelers can afford to hand out at this point.
So if the Steelers felt they could take quarterback Phillip Rivers in
the first round of the draft and still have a shot at, say Chris Perry
or Greg Jones, in the second round, the odds just lowered.
But, if the Redskins are forced to hand over their second round
pick, they will then be without their second and third-round picks
in this year's draft, as they will send their third pick to the
March 3 in the Brunell deal.
That could open the door for the Steelers to swoop in and grab
quarterback Patrick Ramsey from the Redskins for as little as a
Ramsey, the Redskins starter last season, is understandably
upset Gibbs went out and acquired Brunell to be his starter and
wants out of Washington.
And despite the fact the Redskins spent a No. 1 pick on him just
a couple of years ago, they may be forced to let him go. Not only
would they acquire a draft pick to recoup the ones they've already
given up, but Ramsey's agent also represents other key
Washington free agents and could make things tricky for the
team down the road if they don't play ball with him now.
Portis-Bailey deal could change things for Steeler
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