Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff on Saturday confirmed an agreement in principle for the trade. Both teams
issued a joint one-sentence statement without providing details of
a deal that likely will be completed Tuesday when the new league
Four teams were deep in talks with the Rams for the pick, league sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
Washington submitted what turned out to be the winning bid Thursday, when it became clear that free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning was looking elsewhere, league sources told La Canfora.
The Rams were eager sellers given they already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and are needy at most other positions after going 10-38 the last three seasons. Rather than drag out intrigue, they maximized their haul by capitalizing on competition, and signed off on a deal more than six weeks ahead of the draft.
Sacrificing the picks reverses the plan Shanahan set in motion last year to stockpile young talent and rebuild a depleted roster. The Redskins, however, have plenty of space under the salary cap and can be aggressive in plugging holes when free agency begins Tuesday.
The Rams are committed to Bradford despite a drastic fall-off in production last season, one year after Bradford was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010. The offense was the league's puniest with or without Bradford, who threw just six touchdown passes and missed six games with a high left ankle sprain.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.