- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So much for the Washington Redskins showing offseason restraint and valuing their draft picks.

Several online media outlets reported Monday night that the Redskins in general and owner Dan Snyder in particular have reached out to the Chicago Bears, offering the No. 6 overall pick in next month’s draft in exchange for disgrunted linebackers Lance Briggs and the No. 31 overall pick.

Briggs’ agent Drew Rosenhaus and Redskins owner Dan Snyder confirmed the offer to Fox Sports on Monday.

This move would make zero sense on several levels.

1. It would cost too much money.

Briggs is scheduled to make $7.2 million in 2007 after the Bears placed the franchise tag on him, taking him off the financial bonanza that was this year’s free agent market. The Redskins being the Redskins, if they traded for Briggs (who ended Patrick Ramsey’s tenure as the Redskins starter with a clothesline-like hit in the 2005 opener), they would undoubtedly hand him a long-term, big-money contract instead of letting him play out 2007 with his current salary. The Redskins have been restrained only because they have had little money to spend/waste.

2. Do the Redskins really need help at linebacker?

London Fletcher got big money to start in the middle, Marcus Washington is getting big money to continue starting at strong-side linebacker and second-year player Rocky McIntosh (remember, whom the Redskins gave up an ‘07 second-round pick and a sixth-round pick last year to acquire) is expected to get the first shot at weak-side linebacker. Plus, there’s Lemar Marshall. Trading for Briggs would make drafting McIntosh a waste and serve as a slap in the face to a scouting department who convinced the coaches that McIntosh was worth trading up for last year.

3. It’s not a guarantee Briggs will thrive in the Redskins’ scheme.

The Bears play a Cover 2 and we all know how Archuleta’s transition from St. Louis’ Cover 2 philosophy to the Redskins’ system went. Briggs has been raising hell this offseason, ripping the Bears every chance he can get, vowing to sit out the season if the Bears don’t move him or give him a long-term contract. If the Redskins acquire him and give him his money, where’s the incentive for Briggs to perform? The Bears and Briggs cut off negotiations last season after discussing a 7-year, $33 million deal.

4. It would disable the Redskins’ efforts to bolster their depth chart.

The No. 6 pick would go to the Bears. There isn’t exactly a hot market for the second-to-last pick of the first round. If the Redskins trade out of the first round, they wouldn’t get very much in return. The sixth pick has a chance to be extremely valuable, especially if Miami and/or Minnesota become enamored with Brady Quinn and want to trade up a couple spots to draft him.

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