Relationships are a foundation of any successful business, and that was true in April when the Redskins acquired the No. 2 overall draft pick from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for three first rounders and this year’s second-round pick.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Rams coach Jeff Fisher worked together with the San Francisco 49ers’ coaching staff in 1992 and 1993. Their relationship wasn’t the reason the trade was completed, but it did help get trade talks going.
“I obviously have a good relationship with Jeff and [Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer] Kevin Demoff as well,” Shanahan said this week. “[Redskins general manager] Bruce Allen knows Kevin as well. We had one of those relationships where he had a chance to talk, but this is a business. They are going to go with the best offer, but we had a chance to communicate and make them the best offer.”
Fisher downplayed the role his relationship with Shanahan had in consummating the deal.
“There’s a personal side of the relationship, and there’s a business side to this,” Fisher said on a teleconference. “This was a business deal that we thought was the best decision for both clubs.”