Sources: Redskins Still In Play for No. 1 Pick, Sam Bradford
One of the sources said that Washington was the only team still in the mix to trade for Bradford, who has told the Rams he won't sign a contract until after he is drafted. The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns -- two teams that had interest in Bradford -- are no longer making the effort to try to trade up and get him. And the gathering strength of Stan Kroenke's Rams ownership bid may alleviate the financial concerns that have threatened the Rams' ability or willingness to sign Bradford, meaning they might just draft him and keep him. But as of Wednesday night, even with McNabb on board, the offensive line a lingering concern and no picks in the second or third rounds, the Redskins were apparently still working on a way to come away with the draft's biggest QB prize.
What the Redskins would have to surrender in such a deal (in addition to their current pick, which is No. 4 overall) is unclear. Washington has some current players it has been trying to trade, such as DT Albert Haynesworth, safety LaRon Landry and deposed starting QB Jason Campbell. The Redskins could conceivably package one or more of those players along with their first-round pick in a deal for Bradford. Such a deal would only seem to make sense for the Rams if they're not sold on Bradford or don't want to give him the contract he's seeking (more than the $41.7 million guaranteed that last year's No. 1 pick, Matthew Stafford, got from the Lions).
But Shanahan apparently does love Bradford, and McNabb is signed for just one more season, so Washington will continue to try, possibly even after the Rams have selected Bradford and right up until it's their turn to pick at No. 4. If they don't swing a deal for Bradford, the Redskins are expected to use that No. 4 pick on an offensive tackle, either Oklahoma's Trent Williams or Oklahoma State's Russell Okung. They have a glaring need at the tackle position and their next pick isn't until Saturday, so that would make the most sense. But the NFL Draft doesn't always make sense, so stay tuned and see if the new regime in Washington can pull off the shocker of the night.