SNIDER: Redskins should court Patriots trade

Rick Snider
March 17, 2020 - 5:09 pm
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It's time for the Redskins to dangle the No. 2 overall selection to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots lost legendary quarterback Tom Brady to free agency after a 20-year dynasty. Maybe he's tired of sourpuss coach Bill Belichick and wants to be treated like the king he is with a new team, but New England is looking vulnerable. It's not like the Patriots will promote backup Jarrett Stidham, who has two career completions and one interception.

The market has plenty of old passers like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton available. But, maybe it's time to reset the dynasty. The Patriots might love drafting Tua Tagovailoa and letting Belichick get another long run.

The Redskins' price should stay essentially three ones, especially given New England drafts No. 23 this season and probably doesn't crater into a top-five pick over the next two years. The Patriots always have extra picks, so maybe Washington takes their No. 1 this year and next along with offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn to replace Trent Williams.

The Patriots might blink. Nobody wants to surrender a young left tackle, but Wynn has missed 24 of 32 games with injuries after being drafted 23rd overall in 2018. A torn Achilles heel in preseason cost him his rookie year while a toe injury forced him out for eight early games last season. Wynn returned to finish well so the Redskins could fill a hole immediately with him.

Any trade the Redskins get, barring Miami surrendering their three first-rounders this season, should involve a player, like 2018 when Washington traded Kendall Fuller to Kansas City as part of the Alex Smith deal. Everyone knew the Redskins blew it by trading a valuable young player that they finally regained on Tuesday with a reported four-year, $40 million deal.

NFL teams prefer picks over players normally, but Washington traded quarterback Jay Schroeder for Oakland offensive tackle Jim Lachey in 1988 that was a win-win for both teams. The Redskins traded Champ Bailey and a second-rounder for Denver's Clinton Portis in 2004. Denver got the better of the deal with Bailey heading into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, but Portis did finish second among Washington's career leading rushers.

By trading for picks and players, the Redskins fill two holes this season and one next year versus holding the pick for one player. A 3-13 team needs all the help possible. Fuller is their only prominent free agent deal so far after missing out on Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper and Dallas receiver Amari Cooper, while losing guard Ereck Flowers to Miami.

Staring down New England isn't easy. We'll see what Washington exec Kyle Smith is made of if peddling the No. 2 selection. But New England knows Buffalo and Miami are coming strong after two decades of being AFC East lackeys. The Patriots could suddenly be the third best team in the division, so they better pick their next passer wisely.

Maybe Washington can offer a solution . . . at a price.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks

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