Jim Williams: Redskins making smart moves during busy offseason

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The Redskins have been a hot topic on Ross Tucker's Sirius-XM NFL Radio shows "The Morning Kickoff" and "The Opening Drive." The former Washington offensive lineman weighed in on the Redskins' trade for the No. 2 pick and free agency acquisitions.

What do you think about the Redskins' trade for the No. 2 pick?

Tucker » "For me, there are two franchise quarterbacks in this draft -- Stanford's Andrew Luck and of course Baylor's Robert Griffin III. If the Redskins get [Griffin] with the second overall pick in the draft, then Washington will have their first franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann. It was a bold move by the Redskins to make the trade with the Rams, but I think that general manager Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan did the right thing. Griffin is smart, athletic and comes without any baggage. I talked to a number of scouts who saw him at the NFL combine, and his grades were all above average. What impressed me was that after his first three games at Baylor this year, he had more touchdown passes than incompletions, and that is just a sick stat."

Is RG3 a better fit in Washington than Peyton Manning would have been?

Tucker » "The move to get Griffin was wise because almost three-to-one the calls we were getting from fans was they wanted RG3 over Peyton Manning. Look, Coach Shanahan knows how to handle young quarterbacks, and those three draft choices will be long forgotten once he gets a chance to work with Griffin. All you really need to know is Griffin is faster, more athletic, taller and is smarter than Michael Vick was when he entered the NFL. Vick had an instant impact on an Atlanta team that was about in the same situation that the Redskins are now."

How have the Redskins done in free agency?

Tucker » "They have spent wisely thus far by picking up guys like Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. They have guys with speed, very good hands and both are still young. I am sure they will add some offensive linemen. We are seeing them spending more wisely than in the past, and that is a good sign for the future of the franchise."

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!

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