Redskins Trade Up, Angling for RG3

Trade Rams four draft picks, including three first-rounders

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    Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, of Baylor, is photographed with the award during a news conference, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York.

    Late Friday night, the Redskins made a trade that could land them the franchise quarterback their fans have long demanded.

    As first reported by Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, the Redskins will trade four draft picks, including two future first-round picks, to acquire the second overall pick in April's draft from the St. Louis Rams. The 'Skins are then expected to use that pick to draft Baylor’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III at next month’s draft.

    The move does come at a high price. In return for the number two spot, the Rams will get the Redskins' first and second round picks this year, as well as Washington’s first round picks for the 2013 and 2014 draft.

    Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen and Rams General Manager Les Snead issued a joint statement that read as follows:

    “In order to execute each of our club’s plans for free agency and the upcoming draft, we have agreed to a trade between our two teams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 draft. We will submit this trade to the NFL for approval."

    Despite the big trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins front office apparently still wants to talk to Peyton Manning even though reports have been swirling that he has already eliminated the team from his list.

    The trade will not be made official until the league year begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday.