Putting the Washington Redskins Trade in a Detroit Lions Context

Oct 15, 2011; College Station, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Texas A

The Washington Redskins made headlines when they traded up into the second pick in next months draft by swapping 2012 first round picks with the Rams in exchange for their second-round pick this year and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. As a result, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will be the next to get a shot at being the Redskins’ solution at quarterback.

It would seem that in today’s NFL, there is no price too high to pay for a franchise quarterback. First round draft picks are highly valued but at this point they are off in the future and nameless. So, let’s think about the Redskins’ trade another way by asking the following question.

What if the Lions had to make a similar move to acquire Matthew Stafford?

The equivalent to the package the Redskins are sending to the Rams would have been the Lions’ 2009 second-round pick, 2010 first-round pick and 2011 first-round pick. Add the faces to the places and the question becomes, would you trade Louis Delmas, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley for Matthew Stafford?

The price sounds steeper when talking about actual players as opposed to draft picks but given what we’ve seen from Matthew Stafford so far, I would make the deal. Heck, enduring an 0-16 season to secure Stafford’s services was a high enough price on its own.

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Topics: Detroit Lions, Louis Delmas, Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, NFL Draft, Nick Fairley, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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