Should the Redskins make a bold move and trade the face of their organization?
There. I said it.
It wouldn't be a popular move, particularly in Washington, where RG3 has already become a fan favorite and helped the Redskins rise to first place in the NFC East.
It might, however, be the best move for the future of the Redskins, who still aren't quite ready to compete for a Super Bowl.
Before you close this tab and ignore me forever, think about it for a few minutes.
RG3 has already been banged up a bit and missed some time due to injuries.
You never want to assume that someone will get hurt, but with Griffin's playing style and his frame, it's hard to believe that he's going to last all that long in the NFL.
Additionally, the Redskins already have another QB in Kirk Cousins, who might be just as good as Griffin, and is already a better pure pocket passer.
Although he wasn't one of the big names like Griffin or Andrew Luck, many scouts believed that Cousins was one of the better QBs in the 2012 draft, which included 4 first round QBs and 5 current NFL starters.
After today's performance against the Browns, it's clear that Cousins is at least on his way to becoming a decent NFL QB. Yes, I realize it's the Browns, but Cousins finished the game with a 104.4 QB rating, even after starting 0 for 3 with an interception.
If the Redskins trade RG3 to a team like the Jaguars or Raiders who are desperate for a quarterback, they could likely get multiple first round picks, and several picks in the 2013 draft. They could immediately improve their team in several facets, and still have a capable QB and potential future star in Cousins.
While RG3 seems like the more dynamic player, I would be shocked if he's still a starting QB in 2017. He's electric, and an absolutely outstanding athlete. There's no debate there. But he's already showing us that he's going to get hurt unless he drastically changes his playing style, and he probably won't last all that long.
Would it be crazy for the Redskins to trade their most popular player, franchise QB, and possible Rookie of the Year?
Yes, it would.
But it might be the best decision they could ever make.