June 30, 2010

'Skins Need A Receiver (And Draft Picks)

As tempting as this whole trading for Vincent Jackson deal sounds, the Redskins would be foolish to part with a high draft pick.

Every offseason we hear all this preaching that the 'Skins need to value their draft picks and save them. By the midway point of every offseason, everyone is screaming for some player on the trading block and no one cares about the picks.

It's a vicious cycle that is occurring again this year. The 'Skins have unloaded two mid-round selections (and rightfully so) for Donovan McNabb and Jammal Brown, but how much more of the future are they willing to ship out to other teams?

The Chargers are rumored to want as much as first and third-round selections in the 2011 draft for Jackson, and Washington is in no position to give that much up.

Washington usually has a bevy of needs each offseason and that wouldn't be the case if they had more draft picks every season. Young talent sticks around longer, and the 'Skins rarely inject a ton of youth into their roster during the offseason.

The Redskins need a receiver, but to mortgage away the future isn't worth a player who might miss a good chunk of the season due to a possible suspension as a result of a DUI charge brought against him.

Jackson is a force to be reckoned with. He's big and tough. He has produced back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and has yet to peak at 27 years old. There's a lot to like.

It's tempting to trade for Jackson, but the 'Skins should only do it if they can hang on to their draft picks. Which is unlikely.

That's why I'm calling TO to the 'Skins.

Something has to give because the current crop of receivers is not going to get the job done.

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