St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Rams have agreed to trade the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NFL draft to the Washington Redskins.
The deal can't become official until Tuesday afternoon when the new league year begins, but reports of a trade broke Friday night. On Saturday, the Rams and Redskins confirmed the reports by agreeing to terms on the blockbuster deal.
Rams general manager Les Snead and Washington general manager Bruce Allen confirmed the deal in a joint statement.
"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 second pick in the 2012 draft. We will submit this trade to the NFL for approval," the statement said.
The Rams are expected to receive Washington's first-round pick this year (No. 6 overall), next year and in 2014 as well as the Redskins second-round selection (No. 39 overall) in this year's draft.
It's widely speculated that the Indianapolis Colts will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick, and the second selection by Washington will most likely be Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.
The move was reportedly made by Washington because Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts earlier this week, doesn't want to play for the Redskins.
The Redskins muddled through the 2011 season with Rex Grossman and John Beck seeing action under center. Grossman threw for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games. Beck completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 858 yards and two scores, but Washington averaged 18 points a game, seventh-worst in the NFL.
Griffin, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, passed for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns against just six interceptions this past season. He also rushed for 699 yards and 10 scores.
The Rams likely traded the pick because they are committed to Sam Bradford as their starting QB as the Oklahoma product enters his third NFL season.