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Rams to trade No. 2 pick; not great news for Packers


Rams to trade No. 2 pick; not great news for Packers

CREATED Feb 27, 2012

The St. Louis Rams own the number 2 pick in April's NFL least for now.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Rams plan to trade the pick to one of several teams interested in landing Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Griffin tested brilliantly at the scouting combine last week, and left scouts drooling over his polished attitude and on-field potential, but he didn't throw a pass. Instead, Griffin said he will throw at his pro day at Baylor in late March. This is not a surprise move. Quarterbacks of Griffin's caliber prefer to throw in familiar surroundings to familiar receivers. Stanford's Andrew Luck will also wait for his pro day to throw.

The Browns, Redskins, and Dolphins are three teams said to have interest in exploring a trade with the Rams. This is not necessarily good news for the Green Bay Packers.

If the Packers have any notion of applying the franchise tag to backup quarterback Matt Flynn, they would prefer the market be as competitive as possible. For the Packers, the ideal situation would be for three or four teams to create a bidding war for Flynn in the hopes the Packers could acquire the max in return (likely in the form of draft picks).

Unfortunately, the calendar is not in the Packers favor. Teams must make their franchise decision on or before March 5. Griffin's pro-day won't be until March 21, and free agency starts March 13. I can't imagine any team making a trade for the number 2 pick, with the intent to draft Griffin, without watching him throw first.

What could work in the Packers favor, however, is if teams decide what they would have to give up to acquire the number 2 pick is just too great. If you recall, the San Diego Chargers drafted quarterback Eli Manning in 2004. They traded him to the Giants for two first round picks, a third round pick and a fifth round pick. Trading for Flynn would likely cost a team a second round pick.

More to come on this I guess, but its becoming more likely to me that the Packers will not use the franchise tag on Flynn - maybe at all.