Comparing Recent Trades For Franchise Quarterbacks

Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins Acquire No. 2 Pick In 2012 NFL Draft From Rams, According To Reports - SBNation.com. Sorry to overstep this Fan Post and an earlier Fan Post on the subject. This news has little, if nothing, to do with the Green Bay Packers, but it's huge NFL news. It's been widely believed for weeks that the Rams would trade out of the No. 2 spot, and I can't imagine them getting a better deal than three 1st round draft picks and one in the second round.

I don't mind it when teams trade up, as long as they're drafting the right guy. We will just have to wait a couple seasons to see if Robert Griffin III was the player the Redskins thought he was. As a bit of collateral damage, it's sad to see the end of the Rex Grossman, Starting Quarterback, era in D.C. That was unintentionally funny.

It's pretty easy to compare this trade to the price the Bears paid for Jay Cutler. That trade was for two first round picks, a third round pick, and Kyle Orton. Except for adding an additional first round selection onto the price tag, which is no small reward, those deals seem similar. Cutler has led the Bears to one NFC Championship game, but that was his only playoff appearance in three seasons. And it left the Bears as spectators in the 2009 and 2010 drafts while the Packers and Lions were stockpiling young talent.

And one small final NFC North note pointed out by Kevin Seifert: it could have been the Vikings making that trade. I understand why it didn't happen, the Vikings weren't going to play to lose, and they're still going to get a great player with the No. 3 overall pick, but that's gotta hurt a little.

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