The Redskins remained in their “win now” attitude as they traded away another draft pick for offensive tackle Jammal Brown. The deal with the Saints is confusing and involves the conditional draft pick the Redskins burned to pick up Donovan McNabb from the Eagles. From Adam Shefter:
Washington will now be without its third- and fourth-round draft picks in 2011, but it will also get back a later pick from New Orleans.
Washington owes the Eagles a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011 for McNabb, based on how the quarterback plays or the team performs. If the Redskins win nine games, go to the playoffs or McNabb gets selected to the Pro Bowl, Philadelphia will receive Washington’s third-round pick and New Orleans will get Washington’s fourth. If none of those happen, the Eagles will get the Redskins’ fourth-round pick and the Saints will get the Redskins’ third-round pick.
If New Orleans receives Washington’s third-round pick, then the Redskins will get a 2011 fifth-round pick back from the Saints. However, if Washington’s third-round pick goes to Philadelphia, then the Saints will send a 2011 sixth- or seventh-round pick back to the Redskins.
So is this more of the same that we saw during the Vinny Cerrato era? Allen is a general manager that builds teams through the draft, so trading another draft pick seems, how do I say it, fishy. Is Cerrato still in Ashburn?
The answer is no. The big question last season wasn’t with the so-called skill players, it was gaping holes in the offensive line. There was not a single moment anytime during the season where I had faith in the offensive line because they never gave me reason.
Picking up Trent Williams in the draft and signing an offensive tackle a year removed from being voted into the Pro Bowl, the Redskins added depth and options for a beleaguered line. Brown played at the left tackle position when he went to the Pro Bowl in 2008, but the Redskins plan to start Williams on the left and Brown on the right.
And by the sounds of it, Brown doesn’t have a problem with that. “I know they got my college teammate Trent [Williams] on the left side,” Brown told Jason Reid of The Washington Post. “We’ll see how that all plays out. But I’m going to play wherever they want me to play. I’m just excited to be here and to be a part of a first-class program.” Brown and Williams both played at Oklahoma, though never together. Brown was taken 13th by the Saints in the 2005 draft while Williams was a true freshman in 2006.
Mike Williams seems to be the odd man out, which I for one am not going to lose any sleep over.
This trade isn’t a merchandise seller, you won’t see kids running around in burgundy and gold jerseys with Brown stitched across the back. This trade was to strengthen a key weakness that led to a colossal failure of a season in 2009.