The Washington Redskins had to know they were practically eliminated from the Peyton Manning derby earlier this evening. They'll be OK.
They just completed a blockbuster trade for the No. 2 overall pick in the April draft.
They're now in position to draft Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.
FoxSports.com first and ESPN afterwards reported the Redskins are sending the St. Louis Rams at least two first-round picks plus future considerations for the right to own the No. 2 pick. ESPN is actually saying three first-round selections -- the team's firsts this year, in 2013 and 2014 -- are involved in the exchange as well as this year's No. 2 pick.
The trade cannot become official until the new league year opens March. 13.
So what impact does this have locally?
On national radio with Profootball.com Friday I told Mike Florio the Dolphins weren't going to make a strong enough play for the second overall pick because the asking price was simply too high and the Dolphins 1. didn't wish to use their chips to move that high and 2. didn't want to send that many assets to Jeff FIsher, the man who declined to become their coach earlier this year and picked the Rams instead. The Dolphins, however, did inquire about the possibility of getting into this deal -- to no avail.
Given the price of the trade, the Dolphins weren't able to get in play for RG3.
But this absolutely takes another QB option off the table.
The Dolphins are fully invested in the Peyton Manning chase but the need to succeed there now grows for Miami because options are fading.
If the Dolphins add Manning, they'll consider themselves successful and set for the near future. If they fail to convince Manning to come to South Florida, the only apparent option to addressing the void for a franchise quarterback is free agent Matt Flynn or selecting a lesser-rated quarterback in the draft -- assuming there's conviction that would bring an elite player.